Sheet Music: The Priest and His Boots

TitleThe Priest and His Boots
Alternate titlesThe Priest in His Boots
Rocking the Cradle
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
Time signature6/8
Tempo92 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2024-04-04
Last updated2024-04-04
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.3 (not so popular)
Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Thursday 4 April 2024

Tune of the Day: The Priest and His Boots

Traditional Irish jig

The earliest version of this tune can be found in Playford’s The English Dancing Master (London, 1651) under the title “An old man is a bed full of bones”. The melody appears to have been known throughout the British Isles, and particularly in Ireland, where a special dance was performed to it.