The song shares its melody with hymn Led By The Spirit and was first collected in English writer Thomas d'Urfey's songbook Pills To Purge Melancholy Vol 3 (1653-1723). See also: Knaves Will Be Knaves. The scenery is set around Banbridge Town and the Banks of the Bann.
John McCormack [for Victor; the star of the County Westmeath (he was from Athlone)]
Gathering [with Paul Brady as Sure To Be A Row]
Pogues [outtake Peace & Love]
Liam O'Flynn [as Granuaile]
Emery Orchard [hardrock version]
Micha Marah [as Granuaile]
Pladek [as De Ierse Steenschuit]
Steff Da Campo [house version]
Also by The King's Singers, Swingle Singers, Irish Rovers and the Oysterband. Same folk tune was also used by Ralph Vaughan Williams in Five Variants Of Dives And Lazarus.