Paddy’s Leather Breeches jig

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

There are 17 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Atholl Highlanders (a few times), Maggie’s Pancakes (a few times) and Wing Commander Donald Mackenzie’s (a few times).

Paddy’s Leather Breeches has been added to 2 tune sets.

Paddy's Leather Breeches has been added to 141 tunebooks.

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Five settings

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:|
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:|
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:|
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:|
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