Boys of Laoise
I’m currently exploring this on Anglo C/G as it goes down on the dark side to low As. I have found the music in Brendan Breathnach Vol 1 where it is describe as Scottish (Albain) and from a tin whistle player Eamon de Stabatun. Gerdy Commane plays it about the same way on Two Gentlemen of Clare and he ahd been playing for many years.
Is there any early recording? , I understand Andy McGann did it and I’d like to know more about the history of the tune. It is said to be linked to Boys of Leith or Leath( which looks like B.B. just changed the name to Laoise , (which was Queen’s County til quite recent i time ) from 18th C but and also Sic a Wife as I hae Gotten and even Ali Crocker. I also try it as a Strathspey because that feels right. Robert Burns may have written a song to the tune too.
Any help very welcome