Paddy’s Leather Breeches jig

Also known as Ciamar A Ni Mi An Dannsa, Paddy’s Leather Britches.

There are 21 recordings of this tune.

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Paddy’s Leather Breeches has been added to 8 tune sets.

Paddy's Leather Breeches has been added to 150 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Paddy's Leather Breeches
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:BBB f2e|fBB f2e|BBB f2e|cAA fec|
BBB f2e|fBB f2e|fga e2a|cAA fec:|
|:a3 f2e|fBB f2e|a3 f2e|cAA fec|
a3 f2e|fBB f2 e|fga e2a|cAA fec:|
|:~B3 ~c3|~B3 fec|~B3 ~c3|~A3 fec|
BAB cBc|Bce f2e|fga e2a|cAA fec:|
2
X: 2
T: Paddy's Leather Breeches
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:aga f2e|fBB f2e|aga f2e|cAA fec|
aga f2e|fBB f2 e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
3
X: 3
T: Paddy's Leather Breeches
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:BBB f2e|fBB f2e|BBB f2e|cAA fec|
BBB f2e|fBB f2e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
|:a3 f2e|fBB f2e|a3 f2e|cAA fec|
a3 f2e|fBB f2 e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
|:~B3 ~B3 |~B3 fec|~B3 Bcd |cAA fec|
~B3 ~B3 |~B3 f2e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
|:aga f2e|fBB f2e|aga f2e|cAA fec|
aga f2e|fBB f2 e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
4
X: 4
T: Paddy's Leather Breeches
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:BBB f2e|fBB f2e|BBB f2e|cAA fec|
BBB f2e|fBB f2e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
|:a3 f2e|fBB f2e|a3 f2e|cAA fec|
a3 f2e|fBB f2 e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
|: BBB ccc |BBB f2e |ccc BBB |AAA fec|
BBB cBc |Bce f2e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
|:aga f2e|fBB f2e|aga f2e|cAA fec|
aga f2e|fBB f2 e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
5
X: 5
T: Paddy's Leather Breeches
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:EEE B2A|BEE B2A|EEE B2A|FDD BAF|
EEE B2A|BEE B2A|Bcd ABd|FDD BAF:|
|:d3 B2A|BEE B2A|d3 B2A|FDD BAF|
d3 B2A|BEE B2 A|Bcd ABd|FDD BAF:|
|:~E3 ~F3 |~E3 BAF|~E3 EFG |FDD BAF|
~E3 ~F3 |~E3 B2A|Bcd ABd|FDD BAF:|
|:dcd B2A|BEE B2A|dcd B2A|FDD BAF|
dcd B2A|BEE B2 A|Bcd ABd|FDD BAF:|

Sixteen comments

Missing

Where’s the 4th part ?

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Paddy’s Leather Breeches

I transcribed this from a session tape.There were only three parts.Maybe someone can post the fourth part. David Meredith

4th part

Here is the 4th part as I have it:

M: 6/8
K: Bmin
|:aga f2e|fBB f2e|aga f2e|cAA fec|
aga f2e|fBB f2 e|fga efa|cAA fec:|

It’s just a slight variation on the 2nd part.

I’ve heard the tune played slightly differently, with the 7th bar of every part as: |fga efa| instead of |fga e2a|.

Being part of the Highland Bagpipe repertoire, it must have two sharps in th key signature (BTW it is B minor, not D major), but string players sometimes sharpen the Gs (making it B dorian).

Sileas plays this tune in a lovely set on their "Play on Light" CD - worth a listen!

History of Paddy’s Leather Breeches?

Just curious since the comments on the tune don’t tell much of it!

Cheers and woohoo for school pipeline breakage!
Armand

Re: History of Paddy’s Leather Breeches?

I rarely hear this tune in Irish music circles. It seems much more popular among Scottish musicians and is played everywhere from sessions, to ceilidh/dance bands, fiddle societies etc.

Isn’t this a bit like a jig version of "Bog an Lochan" transposed in Bm?

Paddy’s Leather Breeches

There’s a hint there in what ceolachan has posted, but nobody seems to have said it outright: this transcription has the wrong key signature. It should be in B dorian ie with 3 sharps.

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2 sharps

There are no G sharps in Highland bagpipe music. And there are mistakes in the 3rd part of the sheet music - this transcription is best avoided. It’s in 42 tune-books - that’s 42 players playing a sheight version of a classic pipe jig. This should be deleted.

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Setting by piper Donald Shaw Ramsay

Here is a setting of the tune by Scottish piper Donald Shaw Ramsay. Major difference in the 3rd part:

X:1
T: Paddy’s Leather Breeches
C: Trad. Arr. Donald Shaw Ramsay
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K:Dmaj
|:BBB f2e|fBB f2e|BBB f2e|cAA fec|
BBB f2e|fBB f2e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
|:a3 f2e|fBB f2e|a3 f2e|cAA fec|
a3 f2e|fBB f2 e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
|:~B3 ~B3 |~B3 fec|~B3 Bcd |cAA fec|
~B3 ~B3 |~B3 f2e|fga efa|cAA fec:|
|:aga f2e|fBB f2e|aga f2e|cAA fec|
aga f2e|fBB f2 e|fga efa|cAA fec:|

Seven Nations

This is one of the tunes that Seven Nations plays on their track The Paddy Set

Re: Paddy’s Leather Breeches

The blazin’ fiddles version above is thus. I’d add it, but since it’s in 9/8 I don’t think it’d work

X:1
T:Paddy’s Leather Breeches
M:9/8
L:1/8
K:A
Q:3/8=120
AAA e2d eAA | Aee deA BGG | AAA e2d eAA | egg ged BGG |
AAA e2d eAA | Aee deA BGG | AAA e2d eAA | egg ged BGG ||
g3 e2d eAA | g2e deA BGG | g3 e2d eAA | egg ged BGG |
g3 e2d eAA | g2e deA BGG | g2f e2d eAA | egg ged BGG ||
AAA B2A eAA | Aee deA BGG | AAA B2A eAA | egg ged BGG |
AAA B2A eAA | Aee deA BGG | g2f e2d eAA | egg ged BGG ||
eAA aAA eAA | eAA gAA BGG | eAA aAA eAA | egg ged BGG |
eAA aAA eAA | eAA gAA BGG | g2f e2d eAA | egg ged BGG ||

Paddy’s Leather Breeches, X:5

Played around here in E minor