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LITTLE SACK OF POTATOES, THE. Micho Russell (1915-1944), tin-whistle player and a storehouse of folk tales and traditions, traced the advent of the concertina in County Clare to the Maloney family, whose members introduced and popularized the instrument until "in the old days there was a concertina mostly in every house in north Clare." Russell maintained "the first tune you'd learn on the concertina would be 'The Little Sack of Potatoes'" (Piggott, Blooming Meadows, 1998).

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