Part of why I love trad is because I’m a history nerd. I get such a buzz playing a tune knowing that it’s at least 200 years old. While looking for alternate settings of Lilting Banshee I came across a much simpler, but older setting of the tune (check out the comments of that tune’s page if you’re interested), supposedly from the first half of the 1800’s! It’s notably simpler, probably due to commoners having much less time on their hands back then, but there’s a certain allure to it.
Please list the oldest tunes you know, doesn’t matter if they’re Irish or Scottish, or English for that matter. From what I understand music among these isles back then was less defined (1700s), and much more similar to one another. Not that it’s wholly different from one another these days but there is a clear distinction! Well, between Irish/Scottish and English at least.
Anywho, old tunes you know! From when and any information on the tune (who it was written for, by whom, why, etc, whatever!) is also greatly appreciated !