Bantry Bay hornpipe

Also known as Cuain Beantraige, The Garden Where The Praties Grow, The Little Stack Of Wheat, The Little Stacks Of Wheat, The Stack O’ Wheat, The Union.

There are 30 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Stack Of Barley (lots of times), The Stack Of Barley (a few times) and The Rights Of Man (a few times).

Bantry Bay has been added to 11 tune sets.

Bantry Bay has been added to 201 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Bantry Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA|BG AG EG (3DEF|G2 (3AGF GB AG|EG AB cB AG|(3ABA GB A2 AB|
~c3A ~B3G|AB AG EG DG|~B3G AG EG|(3FED B,D G2 GA|
BG AG EG (3DEF|G2 (3AGF GB AG|EG AB cB AG|(3ABA GB A2 AB|
ce cA Bd BG| AB AG EG DG|~B3G AG EG|(3FED B,D G2 AB||
|:d2 dB dB GB|(3efe ^df e2 ef|{a}gf ed BA Bd|(3gag fa g2 ef|
ga (3bag ef ed|{Bc}BA GB AG EG|~B3G AG EG|(3FED B,D G4:||
X: 2
T: Bantry Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA|:BGAG EGDE|G2GF GBAG|EAAB cBAG| EGA2 A2AB|
ceec BddB|ABAG EGDG| BGAG EGDE|1 G2GF G2GA:|2 G2GF GABc||
|:d2ec dBGA|B2e2 e2ef|gfed BGBd|g2(3fga g2ef|
g2gf efed|BGAG EGDG|BGAG EGDE|1 G2GF GABc:|2 G2GF G4||
X: 3
T: Bantry Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: d>c |B>GA>G E>GD>E | G2 G>G G3 B | A>GA>B c>BA>G | B>dd>e d3 d |
e>de>f g>ag>e | d>ed>B A2 G>A | B>GA>G E>GD>E | G2 G>G G2 :|
|: B>c |d>BG>B d>BG>B | e2 e>d e2 d>e | f2 f>e d>ef>d | g2 g>f g2 z2 |
d2 e>f g>ag>e | d>ed>B A2 G>A | B>GA>G E>GD>E | G2 G>G G2 :|
X: 4
T: Bantry Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G>A |B>GA>G A>F (3DEF | G2 G>F G2 A>G | E>AA>B c>BA>G | (3ABA G>B A2 A>B |
c>ec>A B>dB>G | A>BA>G E2 D2 | B>AB>G A>F (3DEF | G2 G>F G2 :|
|: B>c |d>BG>B d>BG>B | e2 e2 d2- e2 d>f | g2 e>d B>GB>d | (3gag f>a g2 e>f |
g>ag>f e>fe>d | B>AG>B A>F D2 | B>AB>G A>F (3DEF | G2 G>F G2 :|
X: 5
T: Bantry Bay
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA|:BGAG EGDE|G3F GBAG|EAAB cBAG| EAAG A2AB|
ceec BddB|ABAG EGDG| BGAG EGDE|1 G3F G2GA:|2 G3F GABc||
|:dBGB dBGB|e3d e2 de|gfed BGBd|g2(3fga g2ef|
g3f efed|BGAG EGDG|BGAG EGDE|1 G3F GABc:|2 G3F G4||
# Added by JACKB .

Twenty-six comments

Bantry Bay

This is an old version by Martin Byrnes.

Little Stack of Wheat

This is the tune played at the end of the song Martinmas Time on the Paul Brady/Andy Irvine album. There is another tune of the same name posted at https://thesession.org/tunes/785 but I know this one simply as The Stack of Wheat.

Re: Duplicated

Sorry about that, I spotted it afterwards. It’s called Little "Stacks" of Wheat on the Bantry Bay posting.

Correction

The high B in the 5th bar of the A part has been corrected on the ABC notation but still shows up on the sheet music.

Michael Coleman to blame

Coleman recorded this as the second of three hornpipes on one of his 78 discs. The first tune was "The Stack of Barley" and the third was the real "Stack of Wheat." The record label didn’t include all the names, which helped confuse things. The Flanagan Brothers used the title "An Carrowath" for Coleman’s "Stack of Wheat," but that’s a different tune.

Stacks of Wheat?

Where else is this HP referred to as Stack(s) of Wheat? Besides this site?

That’s a plain mistake, I believe.

“Bantry Bay” / “The Little Stack Of Wheat” ~ ah the failure of memory

Key signature: G Major
Submitted on August 30th 2006 by cferrie.
https://thesession.org/tunes/6145

It seems to have started here, with a duplication… Maybe someone should ask cferrie where he sourced the name? :-/

He tells you in the comments.

No Mark, glad to see you are awake and functioning, but he doesn’t. He says he transcribed it from this album:

Andy Irvine / Paul Brady
https://thesession.org/recordings/display/421
track 10: "Martinmas Time"

But ~ that ‘he knew it by the name "The Little Stack of Wheat"…

Common yuh crip, put up your dukes! 8-)

I was just about to drop you a line, after a night’s struggle with security software gum-ups. That’s another long running moan… :-/

Right. So he got the title off the Andy Irvine & Paul Brady album, no?

Track 10: Martinmas Time / The Little Stack Of Wheat

“The Stack of Wheat” / “The Little Stack of Wheat”

Yes, nit picky aren’t we both today ~ he gives the title used as from the recording but adds ~ "but I know this one simply as The Stack of Wheat." So, he had prior knowledge of a name of this order before he heard the album and added the transcription…

As said, best ask, so I’ll drop cferrie a line and see what comes of it… :-/

What is the earliest recording and/or transcription of this particular hornpipe melody and under what name?? ;-)

“Bantry Bay” ~ tune #1573 ~ “O’Neill Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies”, 1903

The Fiddler’s Companion ~
http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/BAN_BARM.htm

Collector and compiler Captain Francis O’Neill was quite taken by the tune, calling it "one of the most delightful traditional hornpipes in existence." ~ O’Neill learned the tune from an accomplished West Clare flute player (and Chicago police patrolman) named Patrick "Big Pat" O’Mahony, a man of prodigious physique of whom he said: "the ‘swing’ of his execution was perfect, but instead of ‘beating time’ with his foot on the floor like most musicians he was never so much at ease as when seated in a chair tilted back against a wall, while both feet swung rhythmically like a double pendulum" [O’Neill, Irish Folk Music].

‘c’, you’ve misinterpreted what he said, I think, when he said "this one". He was referring to a completely different tune on the database https://thesession.org/tunes/785.

I know you really really want me to be wrong, but you must know by now I’m always right and there’s no point in arguing with me ;-)

Clarification (I hope)

I know https://thesession.org/tunes/785 as "The Stack of Wheat" - I learnt it donkey’s years ago in Galway…

…and I know https://thesession.org/tunes/6145 as "The Little Stack of Wheat" which I learnt from the Paul Brady/Andy Irvine Album. When I posted this tune I thought I had done a thorough search to check for duplication only to discover later that it was already posted as "Bantry Bay" and there was an alternative title of "The Little Stacks of Wheat" - I don’t know where this alternative title came from but it had nothing to do with me :-)

Thanks cferrie, now we have your word and explanation on it I can rest in peace and stop poking Dow in the ribs… ;-)

Paul Brady & Andy Irvine ~ oh sweet mystery…

Yes, with regards to tune #785, "The Stack of Wheat", you were right Dow. I know I was confusing, what’s new, eh? What I was really wanting to know is now cleared, whether or not the Brady/Irvine recording was cferrie’s sole source for his notation and the name he’d given this melody. I was curious to know if he had another association with it. Now I know that it may be only Paul Brady and Andy Irvine who may be responsible for attaching this name to this melody… :-/

Bantry Bay - Little Stack Of Wheat

I live about 15 miles from Bantry and learned this as "The Little Stack of Wheat" many, many (40+) years ago !
The lads around here use both names.

“Bantry Bay” ~ tune #1573 ~ “O’Neill Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies”, 1903

Fully dinxterized for swing ~ >

X: 2
T: Bantry Bay
B: "O’Neill’s Music Of Ireland", 1903, page 292, tune #1573
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: d>c |\
B>GA>G E>GD>E | G2 G>G G3 B | A>GA>B c>BA>G | B>dd>e d3 d |
e>de>f g>ag>e | d>ed>B A2 G>A | B>GA>G E>GD>E | G2 G>G G2 :|
|: B>c |\
d>BG>B d>BG>B | e2 e>d e2 d>e | f2 f>e d>ef>d | g2 g>f g2 z2 |
d2 e>f g>ag>e | d>ed>B A2 G>A | B>GA>G E>GD>E | G2 G>G G2 :|

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http://www.oldmusicproject.com/oneils1.html

“Bantry Bay Hornpipe” ~ “Allen’s Irish Fiddler”

X: 3
T: Bantry Bay
B: "Allen’s Irish Fiddler", page 27, tune #108
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: G>A |\
B>GA>G A>F (3DEF | G2 G>F G2 A>G | E>AA>B c>BA>G | (3ABA G>B A2 A>B |
c>ec>A B>dB>G | A>BA>G E2 D2 | B>AB>G A>F (3DEF | G2 G>F G2 :|
|: B>c |\
d>BG>B d>BG>B | e2 e2 d2- e2 d>f | g2 e>d B>GB>d | (3gag f>a g2 e>f |
g>ag>f e>fe>d | B>AG>B A>F D2 | B>AB>G A>F (3DEF | G2 G>F G2 :|

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Bantry Bay, X:5

My version of this lovely hornpipe.

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Re: Bantry Bay

I learned it as a song we called the Sean Bhean Bhocht, with the lyrics:

O the French are on the sea (pronounced say), says the Sean Bhean Bhocht,
The French are on the say, says the Sean Bhean Bhocht,
The French are on the say; they’ll be here without delay
And the Orange will decay, says the Sean Bhean Bhocht.