The Cat’s Dance jig

By Bob Abbott

The Cat’s Dance has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Cat's Dance has been added to 31 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Cat's Dance
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
B2 e efe|g2 e Beg|f2 d dcd|Adf afd|
B2 e efe|g2 e Beg|fdd afd|Bee e3:|
gag f2 e|Bee gee|fdd d2 B|Adf afd|
gag f2 e|Bee gee|fdd afd|Bee e3:|
Bee e2 f|gfe Beg|fdd d2 B|Adf afd|
Bee e2 f|gfe Beg|fdd afd|1 Bee e3:|2 Bee e2 f||
gee dBB|Bee gee|daa fdd|Adf afd|
gee dBB|Bee gee|fdd afd|Bee e2 f|
gee dBB|Bee gee|daa fdd|Adf afd|
Bee e2 f|gfe Beg|fdd afd|Bee e3||
# Added by Kenny .

Five comments

The Cat’s Dance

One of my favourite Highland bagpipe jigs on the whistle, and one which RonP and myself have been playing for several years.
In the 1980s, I used to listen a lot to the piping programme on Radio Scotland, and recorded this tune as played by the "Bessbrook Crimson Arrow" Pipe Band from Northern Ireland. I’ve only ever once come across it again, on a pipe band CD, where the composer was listed as one B.Abbott - [ "Bud" ? ].

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I think the composer is Bob Abbott an accordion player from Bathgate, who composed a number of tunes for the pipes but I don’t believe he plays them himself.


Thanks for that, Niall. I’d always assumed it to be composed by a piper, possibly from the Bessbrook band, but happy to be corrected.

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Re: The Cat’s Dance

Love the vid Kenny, and yes great tune, and well held on the Hen’s March. Bravo..