Throw the Beetle at Her

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X: 1 T: Throw the Beetle at Her! T: Caith an tSlis L\'ei! S: B.Breathnach:"Ceol Rince na hEireann" IV/43 Z: B.Black L: 1/8 M: 9/8 R: slipjig F:http://www.john-chambers.us/~jc/music/abc/mirror/redhawk.org/zouki/CRE4.abc K:Emin B2E EDE c2A|B2E E2G FED|B2E EDE c2A|ABc dAG FED :| G2B BAB BAB|G2B BAB AFD|G2B BAB BAB|ABc dAG FED| G2B BAB BAB|G2B BAB AFD|G2B BAB BAB|ABc dAG FGA ||



THROW THE BEETLE AT HER (Caith an tslis léi). Irish, Slip Jig (9/8 time). E Minor (‘A’ part) & G Major (‘B’ part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. A 'beetle' is the name in parts of northern Ireland and Scotland for a heavy wooden implement shaped like a pestle or club that was used to mash potatoes (sometimes called a 'potato-beetle'), and colloquially used as a verb meaning 'to give a beating to', as in "I'll beetle him!." An Irish nursery rhyme goes:

A potato beetle.

There was an old woman who lived in a lamp,
She had ho room to beetle her champ.
She's up with her beetle and broke the lamp,
And then she had room to beetle her champ.

Champ refers to a mixture of milk, mashed potatoes, butter and onions. However, it was usually a man's job to mash the tubs of potatoes.


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - Manuscript Book 4 of fiddler and uilleann piper Stephen Grier (Farnaght, Co. Leitrim), who wrote his manuscripts in the 1880's [Breathnach].

Printed sources : - Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉirreann vol. IV), 1996; No. 43, p. 22.

Recorded sources : - Green Linnet GLCD 1213, Lúnasa - "The Merry Sisters of Fate" (2001. Appears as "Minor Slip").




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