This tune has been requested. Also known as jacob and as far as I know it is not Irish. I have it as an English Polka, could get more info from friends.
Enrico or Jacob
To be found in the Hardy Manuscipts….the handwritten music of the father of the novelist Thoman Hardy.
From Eliza Carthy.
I think this is a morris tune from dorset. I think.
with a swing. To me, at least.
Nothing to with morris dancing: the Dorset connection is a reference to Thomas Hardy (fiddler and novelist). He apparently gave it the alternative name Jacob. There are similar versions in the Sussex Tune Book ("The Henryco") and on the FARNE website (Northumberland: "Henrico"), where the name seems to have been "Anglicised". That name and the melodic structure strongly suggest an 18th century (stage?) origin - i.e. pre-polka. I suppose you could polka to it if you wanted, but the FARNE description of it as "country dance & reel & hornpipe" shows an admirable reluctance to pigeon-hole it!
Nice rendition here … and a Sussex connection :
Waterloo Fair, X:2
The setting in the Thomas Hardy MS.
Waterloo Fair X2
Already posted here https://thesession.org/tunes/2690 as Enrico. Thomas Hardy is often quoted as saying that it was his favourite dance tune.