The unusual version here from Tommy Potts differs a fair amount from what one might consider to be the standard as can be heard in Killoran’s classic recording which itself seems to be the first published appearance of the current title.
Also famous as the air of the unusually jaunty C19 emigration song Good Bye Mursheen Durkin.3
The tune appears in print possibly for the first time, untitled in Joyce’s Ancient Music of Ireland4:
- Breathnach, Breandán (ed.), Ceol Rince na hÉireann 1. An Gúm, Dublin, 1963, p34.
- Paddy Killoran. The Jolly Tinker, Pretty Girls of Mayo [78rpm]. Decca 12081 (1934).
- Colm Ó Lochlainn (ed.), More Irish Street Ballads, The Three Candles Ltd., Dublin, 1965, #36, p72.
- Patrick Weston Joyce (ed.), Ancient Irish Music. Dublin: McGlashan & Gill, 1873, p51.