Coleman in 1927
Johnny Wimot in
Above is the setting is
a scan from O'Neill's
Music of Ireland
(1903). In O'Neill's introduction to his 1907 edition he
admitted to fusing two tunes together to come up with the
6 part setting given above.
Breeches Loose a
related two part G minor jig which started circulating in
1750 after appearing in both Rutherford's and John
Johnson's Collections of Country Dances. Another separate
but definately related G minor jig known as The Breeks
are Loose and the Button's Awa' appeared in The
Athole Collection, 1884.
A five part setting in
E minor appeared O'Farrell's Collection as We'll all
take the Coach and Trip it Away (circa 1806). O'Neill
fused what he found in O'Farrells book with one of turn
taken from a 2 part tune transcribed by James O'Neill.
Although some of
Coleman and Wilmot's embellishments differ their 6 part
settings are both related to the ONeill arrangement.
Johnny learned his setting from the Coleman 78. Either
Coleman was a reader and had access to O'Neill's
Collection... or else he learned it by ear from a reader
who had studied O'Neills book