The Spotted Cow jig

Also known as An Bo Breac.

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

The Spotted Cow appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Spotted Cow has been added to 17 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Spotted Cow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
Add fdd|edd fdd|Add fdd|edB BAF|
Add fdd|edd fdd|(f/g/a)f geg|fdB B2d:|
|:AFA A2B|AFA A2B|AFA Dfe|fdB B2d|
AGF A2d|AGF A2B|dfd (e/f/g)e|fdB B2d:|
ABA AFA|DFA DFA|(f/g/a).f geg|gdB B2d:|

Six comments

Gerry Harrington

Gerry Harrington plays this on The Merry Love to Play, the second of the lovely CDs he recorded with Peter Horan (RIP). It’s a beautiful tune and he plays it beautifully.
It follows Dick Sullivan’s Favorite, another lovely 3-part jig.

O’Neill’s “1001 Gems: Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems” ~ 1907

Page 47, tune #199

Be wary of just cutting and pasting someone else’s ABCs and dropping it here. This was an obvious lift. There are some useful conventions with notation which are standards with both ABC notation and the dots, and also helps when converting to dots. Also, dearly admired Francis O’Neill sometimes gets things a bit wonky too. Here’s a rework of O’Neill’s notes and your lift, given with lead-in notes and in 4 bar phrases. A different take will follow. If I had the recording, “The Merry Love to Play”, I’d do a transcription from their playing, and extra effort and consideration that is always appreciated. But it isn’t uncommon that some folks just lift ABCs from any which where and drop them here. At least you’ve left comment. 😉

X: 1
T: Spotted Cow, The
S: O’Neill’s “1001 Gems: Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems”, page 47, tune #199
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
|: d |\
Add fdd | edd fdd | Add fdd | edB BAF |
Add fdd | edd fdd | f/g/af geg | fdB B2 :|
|: d |\
AFA A2 B | AFA A2 B | AFA Dfe | fdB B2 d |
AGF A2 d | AGF A2 B | dfd e/f/ge | fdB B2 :|
|: d |\
ABA AFA | DFA DFA | f/g/af geg | gdB B2 :|

I’m wondering if this isn’t already here? 😏

2 parts & 1 part shared ~ ( in slainte’s absence 😉 )

Here’s a relative with two parts ~

“An Buachaillin Bui”
Submitted on February 18th 2008 by daveboling.

And that first part gets play elsewhere in a popular session standard ~

The Lark In The Morning
Submitted on May 25th 2001 by Jeremy.