Breeches Maker (The)

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BREECHES MAKER, THE. AKA - "The Britches Maker." AKA and see "All Alive (1)," "Breeches Loose (2)," "Breeks are Loose and the Button's Awa' (The)," "I'll never gan to the dark cellar ne mair," "Northumberland Lady." Scottish, Air (6/8 time) or Jig. G Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A more ornate setting of Irish bard Turlough O'Carolan's "All Alive (1)," although the tune has had numerous other names as well. Northumbrian musician William Vickers included it in his 1770 muisc manuscript collection as "Northumberland Lady." See note for "Old Grey Goose (1)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Carlin (The Gow Collection), 1986; No. 323. Gow (Fourth Collection of Niel Gow's Reels), 2nd ed., originally 1800; pp. 30-31.

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