This is roughly how Jerry Holland plays the tune, as a strathspey, on Helping Hands. He sometimes plays the E triplet as E/E/E. Also to get back into the A part the first time through he plays G/A/B/c/ as opposed to G>c.
I agree, it is a very infectious tune.
Re: Old Wife Behind The Fire
A grand and very old tune indeed. Here’s an old pipe setting that I’ve played for years on the bellows pipes. I play it in a more stately manner, quite unlike the English Country Dance version above.
According to the TTA, the tune first appeared in print in c. 1726 in “A Choice Selection of Country Dances as Printed and Sold by John and William Neal”, that version (with note values halved) being the one posted by gian marco. It also appears in David Young’s Drummond Castle Manuscript (1734), Oswald Book V (1760), Vickers (1770) and Gow’s 1st and 2nd Repositories (1799 & 1802) amongst others.