Scarce O’ Tatties jig

Also known as A Scarce O’Tatties, Cion A’Bhuntata, Scarce O’ Tatties, Scarce O’Tatties, Scarce Of Tatties.

There are 19 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Lyndhurst (a few times).

Scarce O’ Tatties has been added to 10 tune sets.

Scarce O' Tatties has been added to 228 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: Scarce O' Tatties
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:A2e efg|e2B dBG|A2e efg|edB Ace|
a2a g2g|f2f ecA|A2e efg|dBG A3:|
aeg a2f|g2f eAA|aeg a2f|g2f e3|
e3 A3|d2e fed|A2e efg|dBG A3:|
X: 2
T: Scarce O' Tatties
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
Ace efg|edB dBG|Ace efg|edB Ace|
~a3 gag|faf ecA|Ace efg|1 edB A2 A:|2 edB A2 a||
aeg a2 f|gaf ecA|aeg a2 f|gaf e3|
efe Ace|def fed|Ace efg|1 edB A2 a:|2 edB A2 A||
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X: 3
T: Scarce O' Tatties
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A2ee fg |ed Bd BG| ~A3 e fg|
ed BA Be| ~a3~g3| ~f3~e3|A ~e3 fg |ed B~A3:|
ae g a2f|g{a}g fe AA|ae g a{b}af|g2f e3|
~e3~A3|d ~f3 ee|~A3 e fg |ed B ~A3:|
X: 4
T: Scarce O' Tatties
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: ^G |Ace efg | edB d2 G | Ace gfe | dBG A2 e |
a^ga =gag | f/g/af ecA | Ac/d/e gfe | dBG A2 :|
|: a |aeg a2 f | g2 f ecA | aeb a2 f | g2 f e2 c |
eAe Ace | d2 f f2 e | Ace g2 e | dB/A/G A2 :|
X: 5
T: Scarce O' Tatties
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
e |: A>ee e>fg | e>dB d>BG | A>ee e>fg | e>dB A2e |
a2 a g>ag | f>gf e>AA | A>ee e>fg | e>dB A2e :|
|: a>eg a2f | g2f e>AA | a>eg a2f | g>fg e>ee |
e>de A>AA | d>ef f>ed | A>ee e>fg | e>dB A2e :|
X: 6
T: Scarce O' Tatties
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A,2 E EFG|EDB, DB,G,|A,2 E EFG|EDB, A,CE|
A3 G3|F3 EB,G,|A,2 E EFG|EDB, A,3:|
|:AEG A2F|G2F FA,2|AEG A2F|G2F E3|
E3 A,3|D2F FE2|A2E EFG|1 EDB, A3:|2 EDB, A,3|]
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 7
T: Scarce O' Tatties
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A2e efg|edB dBG|A2e efg|edB A2e|
a3 g3|f3 eAA|A2e efg|edB A2G:|
|:aeg a2f|g2f e2A|aeg a2f|g2f e3|
e2e A2A|d2f fed|A2e efg|edB A3:|]

Four comments

The following is about this song from the Clarke Tin Whistle book by Bill Ochs: "A recently composed tune by Norman Maclean, piper from Uist in the Outer Hebrides. A friend of his working in London complained about the qulaity of potatoes there, and so this tune was born"

There’s a strong rhythm to this tune which you can emphasise by double-stopping that opening A note (drone an E with it). Alternatively, you could change it from one long A note into a triplet, ABA for example.

There’s some other long notes in the second part where you could do the same thing. So, instead of simply a long E followed by a long A, you’d have EFE ABA.

Scarce O’ Tatties

A fiddler friend of mine, Clay Scott, hauled this one up from the depths of memory along the followling lines—similar to Jeremy’s setting, but for a few notes here and there. We’ve added it to our short list of frequently played tunes at the local session.

X: 1
T: Scarce O’ Tatties
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
C: Norman McLean
K: Amix
Ace efg|edB dBG|Ace efg|edB Ace|
~a3 gag|faf ecA|Ace efg|1 edB A2 A:|2 edB A2 a||
aeg a2 f|gaf ecA|aeg a2 f|gaf e3|
efe Ace|def fed|Ace efg|1 edB A2 a:|2 edB A2 A||

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Scarce O’ Tatties

I’ve added the version I’m familiar with. We wouldn’t play any Cs in this tune at all. Chord structure and modes aren’t my strong point but A dorian seems more accurate to me. Also, it’s played heavily swung, almost like a 6/8 march, so I’ve added that to the dots too.

Scarce O’ Tatties, X:6

A friend gave me this good tune. He told me that he picked it on a Silly Wizard’s recording.

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