Some of you may be familiar with an Irish rock band named Thin Lizzy. In 1979 they did an album called Black Rose: A Rock Legend, in which the title track was an homage to traditional music, especially Irish folk. It included sections from a number of old songs, but I am having trouble tracing the source of some of them! If anyone can help me identify them all, I would be grateful. The song is posted in several places on Youtube.com if that helps.

The first minute and a quarter is original as far as I know, but at the end of that section Phil Lynott sings "Will she no come back to me" twice, which seems like a quote, but I do not know where from. At 1:45 we are treated to an abrupt change as the guitar starts to picks out the tune to Shenendoah, which is actually a traditional American song, but fits the mood of the piece perfectly. Lynott extemporises the vocals to some extent, and it morphs imperceptibly into the Scottish-Irish ballad ‘Wild Mountain Thyme’, otherwise known as "Will You Go Lassie Go". At 2:10 we hear a few bars of an instrumental rendition of the traditional Irish ‘Danny Boy’ (or ‘Londonderry Air’ – it’s the same tune). From 2:33 we hear another passage which I can not identify, and may be original, which changes again from 3:18 to another Irish jig or reel which I can not identify. Then at 4:04, everything stops and guitarist Gary Moore goes into his showpiece – a manically fast interpretation of ‘The Mason’s Apron’ I'm told - does anyone know where the name comes from? Then the end section returns to the intro.

So I am after the following:

The source of "Will she no come back to me",

The tune from 2:33 to 3:18,

The tune from 3:18 to 4:04, and

Why 'The Mason's Apron' is called that.

Thanks for any help!

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Thin Lizzy is a rock group nothing to do with Irish folk/trad music. the Dubliners were the original singers of whiskey and the jar Irish folk music was the greatest in the world started in Dublin in the 1970/80

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