|The title harks back to the time when every village had a smithy and a
blacksmith. The smith was often called upon to put out any local fires. The
tune has also been called Carrick's Rant and is one of the best-known
Strathspeys in the Scottish fiddle tradition. Its first appearance in print
was in 1791 in John Anderson's "Second Collection of New Highland
Strathspey Reels", since which it has steadily gained popularity.
The Irish imported a lot of Scottish reels and Strathspeys and gave them
different names. The Smith's a Gallant Fireman can be found as a reel
in O'Neill's Dance Music of Ireland under the title More Luck to Us.
SMG Imp Mando
EK Imp Mando