Old Leather Breeches (1)
X:1 T:Old Leather Breeches  M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Spirited" S:O'Neill - Music of Ireland (1903), No. 167 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:C B/c/ | d>BG d>BG | GFE F2 F/G/ | A>BA ABc | B>AG c2 B/c/ | d>BG d>BG | GFE F2 F/G/ | A>BA Adc | BAG c2 || B/A/ | G>AG EDC | F>GA FED | EFG ABc | BAG c2 B/A/ | G>AG EDC | F>GA FED | EFG Adc | BAG c2 ||
OLD LEATHER BREECHES  (An Sean Briste Leatair). Irish, Air (6/8 time, "spirited"). C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. O'Neill's tune is probably one of many 6/8 melodies for a 19th century comic Irish song. See note for "Paddy Heagerty's Leather Breeches" for more. The melody is similar to, and perhaps derived from, the English "Swaggering Boney." Paul de Grae notes that Colm Ó Lochlainn (1892-1972) has a song by the title "Old Leather Breeches" in his Irish Street Ballads (1939), although that song is set to the tune "Nell Flaherty's Drake."