Does anyone know more about the history of the jig
"The Gold Ring", besides that nice old tale about the
piper learning it from the fairies? This is the usual, key
of G, "Gold Ring" that I mean, not "The Old 'Gold Ring'"
in D (though I'd be happy to know more about that one
For instance, I'm sure I'm not the only one to notice that
"The Lasses of Limerick", printed in O'Farrell's Pocket
Companion for the Union Pipes in the 1800s and re-printed
in O'Neill's Waifs & Strays, is the same tune as the G
"Gold Ring". Is that the earliest printing? Is the composer
known? Is that the original name, which was ousted by the
appeal of the fairies story?
It's funny that one sometimes knows more about obscure
tunes than about well-known ones; "The Derry Hornpipe"
is another such tune - it's played all the time, but who knows
anything about it?