Interesting about the Gm. I've always played it in Am, which is the only key in which I've seen it published (EFDSS small books) and, if I remember correctly, the key used in the NY Revels the many years I was a member.
Ahh, yes. We had this conversation in your apartment when I visited Denmark in October.
Which I should have remembered, but when I replied I was rushing to pack for a 1000 km journey, and that meeting was outside my narrow focus. It was great to see you, though.
I learned it in G minor from Old Cecil, himself. Here's a page from his "Sword Dances of Northern EnglandSongs & Dance Airs Book II" (1912).
As far as I know, except for the scrap of paper Buckley had it scribbled down on, this is the tune's first appearance on paper. I think it is reasonable (but not certain) that Sharp notated it in G minor (1912) because Buckley notated it in G minor (1857) and that Buckley notated it in G minor because Robinson played it in G minor (1857) and that Robinson played it in G minor because the Horn Dance musicians of his youth played it in G minor (late 1700s).
Sounds reasonable to me. And it reminds me that back in those days (late 1700s) there was probably a much higher proportion of the people -- and not just "tutored" ones -- with accurate memories for absolute pitch.