The Pinch Of Snuff reel

Also known as Old Pinch Of Snuff, The Old Pinch Of Snuff, Pinch Of Sniff.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Pinch Of Snuff has been added to 8 tune sets.

The Pinch Of Snuff has been added to 192 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Pinch Of Snuff
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
fage d2dB|AD (3FED EFGB|A3B cGcd|ed (3B^cd efge:|
f2df afdf|f2df efge|f2df afdf|eA (3B^cd efge|
f2df afdf|f2df efge|fa~a2 afdf|eA (3B^cd efge||
X: 2
T: The Pinch Of Snuff
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: fage d3 B | ADFD EFGB | A^GAB =cBcd | eA (3Bcd efge :|
!turn!f2 df fafd | !turn!f2 df efge | !turn!f2 df agfg | eA (3Bcd efge :| d4 z4 |]
X: 3
T: The Pinch Of Snuff
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
K:D
|:"D"F2DF F2DF|"D"F2DF "A7"EFGE|"D"F2DF F2DF|"G"G2BG "A7"EFGE:|
|:"D"DFAF BFAF|"D"DFAF "A7"EFGE|"D"DFAF BFAF|"G"G2BG "A7"EFGE:|
K:Gmaj
|:"G"B2GB B2GB|"G"B2GB "D7"ABcA|"G"B2GB B2GB|"C"c2ec "D7"ABcA:|
|:"G"GBdB eBdB|"G"GBdB "D7"ABcA|"G"GBdB eBdB|"C"c2ec "D7"ABcA:|
K:Amaj
|:"A"c2Ac c2Ac|"A"c2Ac "E7"BcdB|"A"c2Ac c2Ac|"D"d2fd "E7"BcdB:|
|:"A"Acec fcec|"A"Acec "E7"BcdB|"A"Acec fcec|"D"d2fd "E7"BcdB:|
K:D
|:"D"F2DF F2DF|"D"F2DF "A7"EFGE|"D"F2DF F2DF|"G"G2BG "A7"EFGE:|
|:"D"DFAF BFAF|"D"DFAF "A7"EFGE|"D"DFAF BFAF|"G"G2BG "A7"EFGE:|
# Added by Bryce .
X: 4
T: The Pinch Of Snuff
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|afge d3B|ADFD EFGB|A3B =cBcd|eA (3B^cd efge|
afge d3B|ADFD EFGB|A3B =cBcd|eA (3B^cd efge||
|f2df afdf|f2df efge|f2df afdf|eA (3B^cd efge|
f2df afdf|f2df efge|fa~a2 afdf|eA (3B^cd efge||
# Added by JACKB .

Fourteen comments

Some people play the 1st few notes as "afge d…"

I learnt this from hearing it lots at Sydney sessions.

Often played as the last part of Pinch of Snuff submitted 2002

In Oslo we usually start this off as the 2002 version with all the modal changes, with the B part of this setting being the last (and missing )part, and the A part as an interim play before starting it all over again.

How do you play it Down Under?

Name

And sometimes called "Punch of Sniff" by certain participants of our little crowd……….eller hva Halldor :-)

Pinch Of Snuff 2002

Halldor, I think if the 2002 tune were to be played in Sydney it would be the full-on 9-parter with the high D section and the bridging part that leads back to the beginning, but I haven’t heard that tune played in years. It simply doesn’t get played here anymore. The tune I’ve posted is obviously related, but over here it’s treated as a completely separate tune, and it gets played every week.

That unknown Ennis tape was recorded by Pat Sky, who released the whole shebang in the 80’s under the title "Seamus Ennis: Master of the Uilleann Pipes," including the Lark’s March, which was on the 40 Years record. You can tell Pat from the very thick Georgia drawl, asking Seamus where he learned such a WEIRD old TUNE?
The cassette was on Sky’s own Skylark label, and is long out of print. The audio was pretty hideous, too. Ennis’s setting of this is the best if you ask me.

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The grunts, wheezes, creaky bellows are great! But the audio itself on the tape sounded like some kind of prototype transistor radio - the later half had this throb, like there was a lot of sunspot activity when it was mastered. Not so hot. The Ennis "Irish Uilleann pipes" on Folktrax has similar problems - this is where the first cut on the 40 years album comes from, there must be better dubs around.

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The Fire Aflame

Am I nuts or do I hear these guys go into this tune starting with the B part first?

Possibly…..

They’re allowed to do that, you know. How do you know they’re not right ?

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The crushing of the twigs

Check out this tune as well, it might be the definitive version you were looking for:
Muilleann Na Maidí (The crushing of the twigs) https://thesession.org/tunes/3080

Manus McGuire setting

Here’s a setting from Manus McGuire of Sligo, now residing in County Clare. He taught this at a workshop at the 2013 Dublin Irish Fest in Dublin, Ohio, along with the other reel that’s also entitled The Pinch of Snuff https://thesession.org/tunes/3080

X: 1
T: The Pinch of Snuff
R: reel
M: 4/4
K: D
|: ADFD EFGB | A^GAB =cBcd | eA (3Bcd efge |1 fage d3 B :|2 ~f3 d fafd ||
|: ~f2 df efge | ~f2 df agfg | eA (3Bcd efge |1 ~f2 df afdf :|2 afge d3 |]

Re: The Old Pinch Of Snuff

It is the tune recorded by Malachy Bourke on ‘Draw the Bow’. He calls it ‘The Old Pinch of Snuff’ and plays it in G. I refer to the the initial setting by Dr. Dow and the close settings by joe fidkid and JACKB.

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