Praties are Dug and the Frost is all over (The)
PRATIES ARE DUG, AND THE FROST IS ALL OVER. AKA and see "American Dwarf (The)," "Frost is All Gone (The)," "Frost is All Over (1) (The)," "Hey to the Camp," "Lisdoonvarna," "Mist of Clonmel," "On a Monday Morning," "Owl Creek," "Praties in the Bag,” “What would I do if the Kettle Boiled Over?." Irish (originally), American; Jig. USA, southwestern Pa., New York. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Kerr): AABC (Bayard, Cole). . The title is taken from the first line of one of several songs written to the tune. Bayard (1981) traces this tune's earliest printings back to the country dance tune "Masque (The)", which appeared with dance directions in Dancing Master, 7th Edition (1686), edited by John Playford. Original versions of the tune itself Bayard finds were published in the 17th century, and he has "very little doubt" that it dates from sometime in the 1600's. "(When) the Praties Are Dug and the Frost Is All Over" and "Hey to the Camp" were later versions (the latter was published by John Young in his Dancing Master, 13th ed., 1707, 148), although they have remained popular for some two hundred years. The melody first appears in Irish collections in the work of George Petrie  (1790-1866), who collected it from a County Armagh source in the mid-19th century. Sound recordings begin with the trio of Chicago piper Tom Ennis, fiddler Tom Quigley, and piano player John Muller, who recorded the jig in New York in 1923. The jig was mentioned as having commonly been played at Orange County, New York country dances in the 1930's (Lettie Osborn, New York Folklore Quarterly). Cape Breton fiddler Colin Boyd recorded the tune as "Rafferty's Jig." See also note for "Frost is All Over (1) (The)" for more.
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 504, p. 460 (appears as an untitled "Cotillion"). Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 78. P.M. Haverty (One Hundred Irish Airs vol. 2) 1858; No. 147, p. 67. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880’s; No. 233, p. 26. R.M. Levey (First Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland), 1858; No. 94, p. 37. Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 111.
Recorded sources: Tara CD4011, Frankie Gavin – “Fierce Traditional” (2001).