It seems the reel was popularised by the fiddle and flute duet playing of James Morrison and John McKenna. I haven’t got a chance to hear them play it together, but Harry Bradley and Paul O’Shaughnessy recorded a great version paying homage to the two maestros.
‘First part sounds like’…
Re: The Tailor’s Thimble
The first part sounds like the third part of Gravel Walk.