The song “Whisky in the Jar” has been a staple of Irish traditional bands since it’s recording by The Dubliners in the 1960s. Snatches of the lyrics can be traced as far back as the eighteenth century yet the melody, in typical traditional fashion, was likely “borrowed” from an existing tune in vogue at the time. That tune was probably Niel Gow’s “Whisky, Welcome Back Again,” which has its origins in the 1760 lifting of the three-year Scottish ban on whisky making. The two tunes are strikingly similar, but have distinct flavors, much like different casks of single-malts from the same distillery.
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