Boring the Leather (1)
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BORING THE LEATHER . Irish, English; Jig (6/8 time). AKA and see "Humors of Ayle House (The)". D Minor (Huntington/Litten): D Mixolydian (Goodman): E Minor (Miller). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. William Litten, in whose manuscript copybook this tune appears earliest, was a ship's fiddler on a ship or ships attached to the British India fleet, 1800-1802. The manuscript was brought to the Massachusetts island of Martha's Vineyard aboard a whale ship by Allen Coffin of Edgartown in the early 19th century and remained on the island, although how it came to Coffin's possession is unknown. The tune, set in 'D' mixolydian mode, is also contained in the large mid-19th century music manuscript collection of County Cork cleric and uilleann piper Canon James Goodman (vol. iii, p. 99) .