Johnny Wimot Another Side of Cape Breton
Recorded by Michael Coleman in 1927 and by Johnny Wimot in 1957.

Above is the setting is a scan from O'Neill's Music of Ireland (1903). In O'Neill's introduction to his 1907 edition he admitted to fusing two tunes together to come up with the 6 part setting given above.

Breeches Loose a related two part G minor jig which started circulating in 1750 after appearing in both Rutherford's and John Johnson's Collections of Country Dances. Another separate but definately related G minor jig known as The Breeks are Loose and the Button's Awa' appeared in The Athole Collection, 1884.

A five part setting in E minor appeared O'Farrell's Collection as We'll all take the Coach and Trip it Away (circa 1806). O'Neill fused what he found in O'Farrells book with one of turn taken from a 2 part tune transcribed by James O'Neill.

Although some of Coleman and Wilmot's embellishments differ their 6 part settings are both related to the ONeill arrangement. Johnny learned his setting from the Coleman 78. Either Coleman was a reader and had access to O'Neill's Collection... or else he learned it by ear from a reader who had studied O'Neills book


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