Madam, I’d Like To Be Tossin’ Your Hay

By Jim MacArdle, Eilis Quinn, Mick Dunne, and, Gerry Cullen

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  1. Bobby Casey’s
    Madam I’d Like To Be Tossin’ Your Hay
  2. The Drogheda Lasses
    The Templehouse
  3. Young Bob Ridley
    Gerdy Commane’s
  4. The Tintown #1
    The Tintown #2
  5. The Pile Of Bricks
    The Yellow Door
  6. The Laugh And Half Daft
  7. The Heathery Breeze
    The Ladies’ Pantaloons
    The Hill Of Rath
    The Wind That Shakes The Barley
    Bonnie Kate
  8. The Lass Of Gowrie
    Mary Ann’s
    Try And Help Him If You Can
  9. T It Stands For Tommy I Suppose
  10. Peter McArdle’s #1
    Peter McArdle’s #2
    Peter McArdle’s #3
  11. Mary Ann’s Quadrilles
  12. Here’s To Clogherhead
  13. Mick Clifford’s Tune
  14. Fabio’s
    The Bee Minor
  15. The Girls Of Our Town
    Scotch Mary
  16. In Sweet Tyrone Lived Tom Malone
    The Rollicking Boys Around Tandaragee
  17. A Tune For Joe

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Jim MacArdle, Eilis Quinn, and, Mick Dunne - Madam, I’d Like To Be Tossin’ Your Hay (2010)

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On the album:
- Jim MacArdle (guitar)
- Eilis Quinn (accordion)
- Mick Dunne (banjo)
- Gerry Cullen (vocals)

Some liner notes:

- Madam I’d Like To Be Tossin’ Your Hay
The second [time] was learned from the late Tommy McArdle from Tallanstown who described it thus: ‘It’s about this farmer who has a notion of this widda woman and he sang - Madam I’d like to be Tossin’ your Hay, Tossin’ your Hay Tossin’ your Hay, Madam I’d like to be Tossin’ your Hay down on the Country Farm !’

-Gerdy Commanne’s Polka
Gerdy Commane, from Kilnamona, outside Milltown Malbay was one of Clare’s greatest concertina players and a great friend of Joe Ryan, who taught us this tune, which was from Gerdy’s father

- The Tintown Reels
Jim Mooney, a resident of Laytown and noted bon-viveur tells me that Tintown was the name that the posh people in Corballis (across the Nanny river from Laytown) called Laytown due to its inordinate number of ‘summer’ dwellings. Whether this is true or not, it’s a good story and a good name for these tunes which are played in the keys of C/Dm

- The Pile Of Bricks / The Yellow Door
These are two tunes which came to me by some kind of osmosis and remind me of Mary Ann
Carolan’s style of playing. They commemorate a time when the pile of bricks were carried through the yellow door and a magical time was had by those who know what this is all about

- The Lass Of Gowrie/Mary Ann’s/Try And Help Him If You Can
These polkas are played at a leisurely pace which appears to reflect their original song settings and come from the playing of Mary Ann Carolan

- Peter McArdle’s
This selection of set tunes come from Tommy McArdle, who played them as set tunes with his brother Peter

- Mary Ann’s Quadrilles
These two selections of tunes were typical of tunes played for the sets – a combination of old tunes and song airs and played at lively pace

- Mick Clifford’s Tune
Mick was a fiddler who spent some time in the British Army who played in O’Neills and the Tollstone (known by us illiterate musicians as the Toadstool) in Duleek. He composed this old-time fling

- Fabio’s Reel/ The Bee Minor Reel
The first reel was composed to commemorate the Drogs’ exploits over the last few years. Declan ‘Fabio’ O’Brien is the Drogs’ legendary striker whose second half lob over Mick Devine’s head ensured the Club’s first trophy in Senior Football in 2005 after forty years of trying. The second tune does what is says on the tin – a reel in Bm

- The Girls Of Our Town/ Scotch Mary (Flings)
These two tunes are better known as reels and come from the playing of Tommy McArdle. Tommy was a fiddler and stone mason, very generous with his time, with a great repertoire of old style tunes, and on the rare occasions when the notion took him, gave us a glimpse of his wonderful singing voice