The Priest In His Boots jig

Also known as Bounce On Bess, The Moorhen, Moorhens And Coots, The Parson In His Boots, Priest And His Boots, The Priest And His Boots, The Priest’s Boots, Rocking The Cradle, Sagart Na MBuataisi.

There are 28 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Down The Back Lane (a few times).

The Priest In His Boots has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Priest In His Boots has been added to 71 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Priest In His Boots
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
efe e2 g|fdf ecA|d3 fdd|eAA Bcd|
efe e2 g|fdf ecA|d3 faf|1 gec d3:|2 gec d2||
|:f|a2 f g2 e|{a}f2 d ecA|d3 fdd|eAA Bcd|
a2 f g2 e|{a}f2 d ecA|d3 faf|gec d2:|
X: 2
T: The Priest In His Boots
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
d2B c2A|B2G AFD|d2B c2A|BGF GBc|
d2B c2A|B2G AFD|GAB d2B|cBA G3:|
A3 A2G|A2G FED|G3 GFG|B2A GED|
A3 A2G|ABG FED|GAB d2B|cBA G3:|
X: 3
T: The Priest In His Boots
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A|:ABA Adc|B3 ADD|DGG GFG|ADE FGA|
ABA Adc|B3 ADD|1DGG BdB|cAF G3:|2DGG BdB|cAF GBc||
|:dDD cDD|BDD ADD|DGG GFG|ADE FGA
|d2B cBA|BdB AFE|DGG BdB|cAF GBc:|
# Added by Yvan .
X: 4
T: The Priest In His Boots
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
c/d/|e2e e2e|e>fd cBA|d>ed fed|cAc e3|
e2e e2e|efd cBA|ded fga|gec d2:||
f/g/|a2f g2e|f2d cBA|d>ed fed|cAc efg|
a2f g2e|f2d cBA|d>ed fga|gec d2:||
X: 5
T: The Priest In His Boots
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
e3e3|e2 d cBA|d3 fed|c2d ecA|
e3 e3|e2d cBA|dAd faf|gec d3:|
|:a2f g2 e | f2d ecA | d3 fed | c2 d ecA |
a2f g2 e | f2 d ecA | d3 fed | cBc d3 :|

Thirteen comments

The Priest in his Boots

This is the version in Breandan Breathnac’s Ceol Rince na hEirreann cd2
Michael Tubridy publishes Dan Fury’s setting in his book on Traditional step dancing (Piper’s Club, Dublin)
I have seen it mentioned as a Wexford Mummers dance

On Music at Matt Molloy’s, Arty McGlynn plays a jig on guitar called Rocking the Cradle, which appears to be a version of this tune.

This version

This is the version collected by Brendan Breathnac from Micho Russell of Doolin

Key Signature wrong

Something seems to have gone wrong between ABC & Sheetmusic as ABC is correctly in Dmaj whereas key signature on Sheetmusic is erroneously G major.

Chris

The Priest in his Boots

My wife insists that "Boots" is a reference to prophylactic devices. I feel compelled to pass on this outré observation on her behalf.

Can be found in the Gunn Book (1865) and still popular in Fermanagh. Big John McManus plays in G and then in A. Very effective. There is also a specific dance for this tune

Oops. Big John McManus and others in Fermanagh play this tune in G then D (not A)

This is an old Clare setting I got from Ben Power, who got both the tune and its sean-nós set dance from James Keane.

Another version of Sagart na mBuataisi-The Three Little Drummers/Holly Bush

Tola Custy & Cyril O’Donoghue recorded these two jigs on Setting Free but had a significantly different "A" part. Here it is, minus all ornaments.

X:1
T: Sagart Na MBuataisi
T: Tola Custy & Cyril O’Donoghue from SETTING FREE
R: Jig
M? 6/8
L: 1/8
K: GMaj
A|:ABA Adc|B3 ADD|DGG GFG|ADE FGA|
ABA Adc|B3 ADD|1DGG BdB|cAF G3:|2DGG BdB|cAF GBc:|
|:dDD cDD|BDD ADD|DGG GFG|ADE FGA
|d2B cBA|BdB AFE|DGG BdB|cAF GBc:|

The Priest In His Boots, X:3

This is the setting given by Rannac in the above comment, from the play of Tola Custy on Setting Free.
https://thesession.org/tunes/877#comment765906

This is close to the version played by Arty McGlynn on Music at Matt Molloy’s.

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The Priest In His Boots, X:4

This is taken from "Riley’s Flute Melodies"circa 1816.

The Priest In His Boots, X:5

Taken from ‘A Fine Selection of Over 200 Irish Traditional Tunes for Sessions’, compiled by David Speers with a Forward by Matt Cranitch.