Little Stack of Barley (1)

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LITTLE STACK OF BARLEY [1], THE ("An Staicín Beag Orna" or "An Staicín Eorna"). AKA and see "Evening Was Waning," "Little Mary Cassidy," "Patrick Condon's Vision," "Stack of Barley," "Stacks of Barley." Irish, Hornpipe. E Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The second strain may be in G Major. The title supposedly refers to that part of the barley harvest that was kept aside for the making of potheen. The famous County Sligo émigré fiddler Michael Coleman recorded this tune in New York in a medley with "Stack of Wheat (The)." The title appears in a list of Maine fiddler Mellie Dunham's (1856-1931) repertoire. The elderly Dunham was Henry Ford's champion fiddler in the mid-1920's.

Source for notated version: the mid-19th cent. music manuscript collection of County Cork uilleann piper and cleric James Goodman [1] [Shields].

Printed sources: Cranitch (Irish Fiddle Book), 1996; p. 76. O'Neill (1915 ed.), 1987; No. 328, p. 162. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1627, p. 302. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 858, p. 148. Roche (Collection of Traditional Irish Music, vol. 2), 1912; No. 201, p. 7. Shields (Tunes of the Munster Pipers), 1999; No. 140, pp. 58-59.

Recorded sources: Spring Records SCD1037, Néillidh Mulligan - "The Leitrim Thrush." Victor 18193 (78 RPM), John J. Kimmel (1916. Medley with "Blackberry blossoms" and "Green Fields of America").

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [2]
Hear John J. Kimmel's recording at the Victor discography [3] (1st tune in medley).

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