The Ragged Hank Of Yarn reel

There are 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Ragged Hank Of Yarn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
D2ED EGAB|c2Bd cAGE|D2D/D/D EGAB|1 cAGE CEGE:|2 cAGE EDDc||
~d3d dcAB|cded cAGA|d2ed dcAB|cAGE EDDc|
~d3d dcA2|(3Bcd ed cAGA|d^cde fded|cAGE EDCE||
X: 2
T: The Ragged Hank Of Yarn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: D2 AD (3EFG AB | c2 dB cAGE | D2 AD (3EFG AB | cAGE EDCE |
D2 AD (3EFG AB | c2 dB cAGE | D2 AD (3EFG AB | cAGE EDDA :|
|: d2 Ad dcAB | cded cAGc| d2 Ad dcAB | cAGE EDDA |
d2 Ad dcAB | cded cAGc | Adde ^fded | cAGE EDDA :|
X: 3
T: The Ragged Hank Of Yarn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
D2AD (3EFG AB|cAdB cAGE|D2AD (3EFG AB|1 cAGE EDCE:|2 cAGE EDFA||
~d3e dc~A2|(3Bcd ed cA~G2|Adde dcAB|cAGE EDFA|
~d3e dc~A2|(3Bcd ed cA~G2|Adde =f^fed|cAGE EDCE||
The pipes have the last bar turnaround back into the A-part as |cAGE EDAF||
X: 4
T: The Ragged Hank Of Yarn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|: D2 AD (3EFG AB | cddc cAGE | D2 AD (3EFG AB |[1 cAGE EDAF :|[ 2 cAGE EDFA ||
|: d2 de dc A2 | (3Bcd ed cA G2 |[1 Adde dcAB | cAGE EDFA :|[2 Adde f2 ed | cAGE EDAF |]
|: D2 AD (3EFG AB | cAdB cAGE | D2 AD (3EFG AB |[1 cAGE EDAF :|[2 cAGE EDFA ||
X: 5
T: The Ragged Hank Of Yarn
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
D3E FGAB | c2dB cAGE | D3E FGAB | cAGE EDCA, |
D3E FGAB | c2dB cAGE | D3E FGAB | cAGE EDD2 :|
d3c A2AB | c2ce dcAc | d3c A2Ac | BGcG EDD2 |
d3c A2AB | c2ce dcAc | d2fd A2Ac | B2cB BAGE ||

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The Ragged Hank Of Yarn (reel)

There are many similar-sounding reels, but this is yet another unique variant of "Eel in the Sink": https://thesession.org/tunes/1446 Bobbey Casey plays it on "Paddy in the Smoke" CD, and East Galway fiddler Breda Keville recently recorded it as a tribute to the West Clare fiddler.

This transcription is basically a composite of the versions played by the two fiddlers, with some notes changed to suit my fancy. Hope nobody will complain. You can also play it a double reel.

How can you have "another unique" variant ? :)

Posted by .

"another mutant eel in the sink"…

"How can you have "another unique" variant ?"

How can a variant be anything but *unique*? If it were the same as another one, it wouldn’t be a *variant*.

So, you’re both wrong.

And I’m right.

According to Alan Ng’s irishtune.info site, this tune appears on McGoldrick’s recent solo album "Wired," where it’s misnamed as Sporting Nell.

“The Ragged Hank Of Yarn” ~ rescued duplication

Key signature: D Mixolydian
Submitted on July 8th 2007 by spindizzy.
~ /tunes/7466

X: 2
T: The Ragged Hank Of Yarn
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: D Mixolydian
|: D2 AD (3EFG AB | c2 dB cAGE | D2 AD (3EFG AB | cAGE EDCE |
D2 AD (3EFG AB | c2 dB cAGE | D2 AD (3EFG AB | cAGE EDDA :|
|: d2 Ad dcAB | cded cAGc| d2 Ad dcAB | cAGE EDDA |
d2 Ad dcAB | cded cAGc | Adde ^fded | cAGE EDDA :|

"This is my husband’s current fiddle homework - DH’s teacher learnt it from Pete Carberry…" ~ Chris

# Posted on July 8th 2007 by spindizzy

“The Ragged Hank Of Yarn” ~ rescued duplication

Thanks for shifting this, C.
ps the F’s in the A part really ARE Fnats. not sharps, so I thought D Dor was a better stab at the key, though maybe not for the B part.

McGoldrick setting

X: 1
T: The Ragged Hank Of Yarn
S: Michael McGoldrick - Wired
N: Mislabelled as "Sporting Nell"
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
D2AD (3EFG AB|cAdB cAGE|D2AD (3EFG AB|1 cAGE EDCE:|2 cAGE EDFA||
~d3e dc~A2|(3Bcd ed cA~G2|Adde dcAB|cAGE EDFA|
~d3e dc~A2|(3Bcd ed cA~G2|Adde =f^fed|cAGE EDCE||

The pipes have the last bar turnaround back into the A-part as |cAGE EDAF||

McGoldrick´s version Wired (something like that)

X: 4
T: The Ragged Hank Of Yarn
S: Michael McGoldrick - Wired
N: Mislabelled as "Sporting Nell"
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
|: D2 AD (3EFG AB | cddc cAGE | D2 AD (3EFG AB |[1 cAGE EDAF :|[ 2 cAGE EDFA ||
|: d2 de dc A2 | (3Bcd ed cA G2 |[1 Adde dcAB | cAGE EDFA :|[2 Adde f2 ed | cAGE EDAF |]

"variation"
|: D2 AD (3EFG AB | cAdB cAGE | D2 AD (3EFG AB |[1 cAGE EDAF :|[2 cAGE EDFA ||

# Posted on December 8th 2010 by Manu Novo
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Bar lines moved to the right as noted by Doc Dow:
"Your barlines are all wrong there in your McGoldrick setting, but not to worry, he misnamed it anyway."
# Posted on May 30th 2012 by Dr. Dow

Re: The Ragged Hank Of Yarn

Learned this tune yesterday on fiddle. It may be a variant of whatever reel (I personally don’t see the "Eel in the Sink" similarity), but it’s a wicked, wild tune when you get it going. Great stuff.

Gan Ainm

Would love to find a name for this tune I heard at a session last week. It’s quite similar to "Girls Will You Take Him?" (https://thesession.org/tunes/9612) but different enough to seem to not just be a setting of that one. Anybody know a name for it?

Re: Gan Ainm

The A part sounds to me like a simplified version of Paddy Kelly’s reel "The New Customs House".
But if the B part is related to The New Customs House, then it has been so simplified as to be nearly unrecognizable.