Merry Old Woman (3) (The)
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MERRY OLD WOMAN , THE. AKA and see "Humors of Bandon," "Humors of Listivain," "Jolly Old Woman," "Plangsty Callagh," "Terry's Rambles," "TSeanbhean Sultmhar (An)." Irish, Jig. B Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. As "The Humours of Listivain" it appears in Jackson's Celebrated Irish Tunes (c. 1775), a collection from the famous 18th century gentleman piper Walker 'Piper' Jackson of the townland of Lisduan in the parish of Ballingarry, Aughrim, County Limerick. However, it appears the tune is older than this, for as "The Humours of Bandon" it was known as far back as 1690 when the Irish (who had learned it from the supporters of William III) played it when they sacked Kilbrogan (Winstock, Music of the Redcoats, 1970, p. 26).
Source for notated version:
Printed sources: Stanford/Petrie (Complete Collection), 1905; No. 356, p. 90.