Annotation:Planting Stick (The)

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X:1 T:Planting Stick, The M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Jig S:Howe’s 1000 Jigs and Reels (c. 1867) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:Amin B | cAd cAG | EGE GAB | cAd cAG | EAA A2B | cAd cAG | EGE GAB | cAd cAG | EAA A2 || e/^f/|gag ged | cAA cde | eaa age | edd d2 e/^f/ | gag ged | cAA cde | fed cAG | EAA A2 ||

PLANTING STICK, THE (Bata na Bplandaighe). AKA and see "Bryan O'Lynn (1)." Irish, Jig. A Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The tune appears to Samuel Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle, March to the Fife, 1981) as an offshoot of "Rambler from Clare (The)." P.W. Joyce (Ancient Irish Music, 1873) notes: “Bata na bplandaighe (pron. Bottha na blandy), is understood in Munster to mean a stick for planting cabbages. But Sir William Wilde informs me, that in Connaught the term is applied to a long pointed stick used in setting potatoes; and further that there is a tune of this name known in parts of the west, which was accompanied by an odd sort of dance, a kind of pantomime representation of the whole process of potato planting. I have not heard this air, and whether it is the same as the one I give here, which I learned from my father, I do not know.” The story seems to have parallels with the English morris dance “Bean Setting (1)/"Bean Setting (2).” The settings printed by Joyce (1873) and Howe (c. 1867) are identical.

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Printed sources : - Howe (1000 Jigs and Reels), c. 1867; p. 20 (appears as “Bata na Bplandaighe”). Elias Howe (Howe’s 500 Irish Melodies Ancient and Modern), Boston, c. 1880; p. (a collection of “Irish” tunes from previous Howe publications, plus 200 tunes from P.M. Joyce’s 1873 Ancient Irish Music). Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1873; No. 65, p. 66. Petrie-Stanford (Complete Collection), 1903-06; No. 933.

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