The Bag Of Spuds reel

Also known as The Bag Of Potatoes, The Bag Of Pratties, Bag Of Spuds, Little Bag Of Spuds, The Little Bag Of Spuds, Mála Beag Prataí, What The Devil Ails You, What The Devil Ails You?, What The Devil Ails You? Highland Fling, What The Devils Ails You?.

There are 69 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Shaskeen (lots of times), The Woman Of The House (a few times), The Bird In The Bush (a few times), The Sligo Maid (a few times).

The Bag Of Spuds has been added to 345 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Bag Of Spuds
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bdd2 =ceed | BddB ABGA | Bdd2 =ceed | gabg abag:|
|:gabg eaaf | gbag efede | gbag eaaf | gedb abag:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Bag Of Spuds
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
Bd d2 Beed|BddB ~A2 GA|Bd d2 Beed|gabg ~a2 g2:|
|:gabg eaab|gabg e2d2|gabg eaab|gedB ~A2G2:|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Bag Of Spuds
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: BddB ce e2 | BddB A2 GA | Bd d2 ceef | gabg a2 g2 :|
|: gabg eaab | gabg e2 d2 | gabg ea^ga | gedB A2 G2 :|
FA ~A GB ~B | FAAF (3EFE DE | FA (3AAA GB (3ABc | defd (3efe d :|
defd Be ~e | d2 (3fed B2 (3ABc | df ~f2 ce ~e | dBAF (3EFE D :|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Bag Of Spuds
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:Bdd2 =ceed | BddB ABGA | Bdd2 =ceed | gabg abag:|
|:gabg eaaf | gbag efede | gbag eaaf | gedb abag:|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Bag Of Spuds
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: BddB ce e2 | BddB A2 GA |\
|: gabg eaab | gabg e2 d2 |\
ABC

Twenty-eight comments

This version has nothing to do with a reel with the same name which can be found in Breanacht’s Ceol Rince na hEireann #1, which is actually the version played by Kevin Crawford in the recording In Good Company.

Annotation incorrect

Some weirdness in second bar of part B.

Chieftains Version

Here is the ABC notation of The Bag of Potatoes heard on The Chieftains 2 (track 9), showing a few differences in the 2nd part:

X:1
T:The Bag of Potatoes
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:Reel
K:G
Bd d2 Beed|BddB ~A2 GA|Bd d2 Beed|gabg ~a2 g2:|
|:gabg eaab|gabg e2d2|gabg eaab|gedB ~A2G2:|

“The Bag of Spuds” ~ a few more possibilities

K: G Major
|: BddB ce e2 | BddB A2 GA | Bd d2 ceef | gabg a2 g2 :|
|: gabg eaab | gabg e2 d2 | gabg ea^ga | gedB A2 G2 :|

K: D Major
|: A |
FA ~A GB ~B | FAAF (3EFE DE | FA (3AAA GB (3ABc | defd (3efe d :|
|: A |
defd Be ~e | d2 (3fed B2 (3ABc | df ~f2 ce ~e | dBAF (3EFE D :|

What the Devil Ails You?

This is what Bobby Gardiner calls it on his album "The Clare Shout".

To many notes?

|:Bdd2 =ceed | BddB ABGA | Bdd2 =ceed | gabg abag:|
|:gabg eaaf | gbag efede | gbag eaaf | gedb abag:|

in the 2nd measure of the B parts there seems to be one note to many. Any ideas?

~ | gbag e/f/e de | ~ or, if you prefer reading it this way ~ | gbag (3efe de | ~

I suspect that was what was intended, and it works nicely…

Bag of Spuds - a few more ingrediants to complete the meal?

A nice little tune, described as ‘angry’ by one player in our session. Any thoughts on tunes that it goes well with?

A B C To the bag of spuds

Does any one know where i can get the A B C to the tune bag o spuds .I want the gerry oconner one from his cd (No Place Like Home). I know there are loads on the session tunes but which one is the gerry oconner one or are they all the same and gerry has added ornamentation .Also Is there a machine on the web that you can down load to slow down fast tunes so i can learn them Des

Re: A B C To the bag of spuds

yes right here on the session g major just look up tunes its the second one down on the list

Re: A B C To the bag of spuds

You can slow down recordings on Windows Media Player (on the version I have anyway). Go to View > Enhancements > Play Speed Settings. If it is not there then you need to download a newer version. Of course, this is assuming your computer is a Windows and not a Mac.

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Re: A B C To the bag of spuds

ROFL, ceolachan….

Now then, is it just me, or is he typing like William Shatner speaks? The truth about Star Trek is revealed!

Re: Access to the bag of Suds

I wish they’d get the damned transporter fixed, I’m still waiting to be beamed out of here… Soon hopefully, before I start braiding my ear hair…

Re: A B C To the bag of spuds

Really good slowing down software is The Amazing Slowdowner. From www.ronimusic.com/

It plays wav, mp3 and other file types. Easy to use.

gerry oconnor-bag of spuds

Can any one tell me where i can get an A B C of Gerry OConnors bag of spuds off his C D - No place like home .I see there are version,s on the session (tunes )but which one is it .As there is a version on his music book called( 50 solos for irish tenor banjo) with david mcnevin called the bag of spuds Des

Re: gerry oconnor-bag of spuds

his version is poo.

Go listen to Seamus Ennis play it. Transcriptions of it are available in Pat Micthell’s book, released thru npu.

O’Connor plays copperplate with it. again, poo. check out Tansey’s version of it. Video of it is on the come west along the road video (not the dvds).

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OTo5Ae7Vz3c


Only joking, gerry o’connor is awesome.

I keep forgetting to mention ~ it’s also a great highland fling… 8-)

X: 5
T: What The Devils Ails You?
T: Bag Of Spuds, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling
K: DMaj
|: E/ |\
F>A A2 G>BB>G | F>AA>F (3EFE D>E |
F>A (3AAA G>B (3BBB | d>e (3fed (3efe d3/ :|
|: A/ |\
d>ef>d B>ee>c | d2 (3fed B2 (3ABc |
[1 d>f (3fff c>e (3eee | d>BA<F E2 D3/ :|
[2 d>fA>f c>eA>e | (3dcB A<F D2- D3/ |]

& my previoius submissions completed and corrected ~

X: 3
T: What The Devils Ails You?
T: Bag Of Spuds, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: GMaj
|: BddB ce e2 | BddB A2 GA |\
Bd d2 ceef | gabg a2 g2 :|
|: gabg eaab | gabg e2 d2 |\
gabg ea^ga | gedB A2 G2 :|

X: 4
T: What The Devils Ails You?
T: Bag Of Spuds, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: DMaj
|: A |\
FA ~A2 GB ~B2 | FAAF (3EFE DE |\
FA (3AAA GB (3ABc | defd (3efe d :|
|: A |\
defd Be ~e2 | d2 (3fed B2 (3ABc |\
df ~f2 ce ~e2 | dBAF (3EFE D :|

megapop

I think this is the Patsy Hanley link you mean: http://youtu.be/BjLcfnY8-gY


But your link is fine, leave it - someone might fall in love with Jim O’Connor’s or Tony Linnane’s playing as a result!

David

Oops!

Thanks David! That happens when you copy/paste all the time and eventually don’t know what’s actually in your clipboard… so yeah, that’s the clip I meant of course.

(And for sure they will!)

There are 2 reels with the name "The Bag Of Spuds". None of the above "Youtube" videos show anyone playing the tune posted initially by Josh Kane. They would be of more use linked to the other reel, which appears to be better known.

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