The Tattie Ball reel

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The Tattie Ball has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Tattie Ball has been added to 32 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Tattie Ball
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
AcBc AFFA | ~E2ED EFAB | AcBc AF~F2 | effe ~f3 z :|
faef cB~B2 | eAce fB~B2 | faef cB~B2 |effe ~f3 z |
faef cB~B2 | eAcA B3d | c3f ecBc | AFFE ~F3z ||
2
X: 2
T: The Tattie Ball
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
AcBc AF~F2 | DEED EFAB | AcBc AF~F2 | effe f~f3 |
AcBc AF~F2 | DEED EFAB | AcBc AF~F2 | f4 a3e||
faef cB~B2 | eAce fc2e | faef cB~B2 | effe ~f4 |
faef cB~B2 | eAcA ~B2AB | c3f ecBc | AFFE F4 ||
# Added by Aaron .
3
X: 3
T: The Tattie Ball
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: AcBc AFFA | DEED EFAB | AcBc AF (3ABc|1 effe f3e :|2 effe aefa||
faef cBBc | eAce fcBc | faef cBBc | effe f3e |
faef cBBc | eAcA ~B2AB | cBcf ecBc | AFFE F3B ||
4
X: 4
T: The Tattie Ball
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|AcBc AF F2 | E3D EFAB | c2 Bc AF F2 | effe f3 z2|
AcBc AF F2 | E3D EFAB | c2 Bc AF F2 | effe f3 z2||
|:faef cB B2 | eAce fB B2 | faef cB B2 |effe f3 z |
faef cB B2 | eAcA B2 (3Bcd | c2 Bc ecBc | AFFE F3z ||
# Added by JACKB .

Ten comments

This is my setting for flute taken from the recording, "Setting Free."

Anyone know about the title?

Dougie McLean ?

Howdy, Jack. I can help you with this one. This is by Scottish songwriter and fiddler Dougie McLean who was my best mate at school. We both started learning music together at the same time, playing mandolins in the early 70s.He recorded it on his "Fiddle" album, which has some great tunes on it, although you don’t hear them often. Glad to hear this one has got out and about.

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Good tune!!!! will play at session tonight…

The title?

Great Kenny, thanks, it’s a favorite of mine. But what about the title, what’s a "tattie"?

Would that be a tattie as in "tatties, neeps and haggis"? One of Scotlands contributions to world cuisine?
Deeeeeee-licious!

BTW Kenny, I didn’t know you were a friend of Des Britt; He says Hello!

Tatties

Spot on, Conan, and aye, I’ve known Des for a long time - since the days when he was a mere bodhran player! Say "hello" to him from me, and ask him to tell you the story about my concertina some time!
"Tatties", Jack ,is the old Scots word for potatoes. Perthshire, which is where Dougie still stays, is a very fertile agricultural area, growing mainly raspberries, strawberries and potatoes. At the end of the "tattie-liftin’ " season, I believe there used to be a sort of party for all the workers, called [ rather grandly, in my opinion, ] the "tattie ball". I assume that’s where Dougie took the title from. He has a few other good tunes which I think you might like, I’ll try to post them on the next week or so. They would also sit well on the flute.

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No, "tattie" is standard. I believe "potato" is a word used in southern English and New World dialects to mean tattie 🙂

The Tattie Ball, X:2

I learned this from my teacher, but I’m not sure where she learned it from. It is unusual based on the phrasing and on the ambiguous tonal center in the B part. The 7th seems to be an implied G natural, and the lack of a definite tonal center in the B part makes me even more unsure. So I called it A mixy as it seemed the best fit.

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The Tattie Ball, X:3

This is how I play that lovely tune on the low whistle.