Wee Wee Bag of Praties (The)
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WEE WEE BAG OF PRATIES, THE. Irish, Air (4/4 time). B Flat Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A pratie is, of course, a potato. Learned by Joyce during his childhood in the 1840's in Limerick: “I remember also a few lines of the song, but they are quite unworthy of preservation.” Petrie’s “Wee Bag of Praties” is a similar title. "Wee, wee bag of praties" was also entered into the 1841-42 music manuscript collection of Dublin dentist and music collector Henry Hudson (1798-1889), who wrote on the bottom of his page:
The greatest diversion under the sun,
Is to sit by the fire til the praties are done.
Source for notated version: "Mrs. Foley" [Hudson].
Printed sources: Joyce (Ancient Irish Music), 1890; No. 43, p. 45.