The Cow That Ate The Blanket jig

Also known as Joe Bane’s, John Healy’s, The Kinnegad, Kitty Come Over, Sarsfield’s.

There are 21 recordings of this tune.

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The Cow That Ate The Blanket appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Cow That Ate The Blanket has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Cow That Ate The Blanket has been added to 223 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Cow That Ate The Blanket
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A|B2G AGE|GAG GBd|e/2f/2ge dBG|ABA ABc|
B2G AGE|GAG GBd|ege dBG|1 AGF G2 :|2 AGF GBd||
|:g3 efg|fag fed|g3 edB|BAG ABc|
B2G AGE|GAG GBd|ege dBG|1 AGF GBd :|2 AGF G2||
X: 2
T: The Cow That Ate The Blanket
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2A BGD | GFG GBd | efg dBG | ABA AGA |
B2A BGD | GFG GBd | ege dBA | BGF G3 :|
gfg efg | fag fed | gfg edB | dBG A3 |
B2A BGD | GFG GBd | ege dBA | BGF G3 :|
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X: 3
T: The Cow That Ate The Blanket
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:A | B2 A BGD | GAG GBd | ege dBG | ABA ABc |
B2 A BGD | GAG GBd | ege dBA | BGF G2 :|
|:d | gfg efg | eag fed | gfg edB | BAG ABc |
B2 A BGD | GAG GBd | ege dBA | BGF G2 :|
X: 4
T: The Cow That Ate The Blanket
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|B2 A BGD|GAG GBd|ege dBG|ABA AGA|
B2 A BGD|GAG GBd|ege dBG|AGF G:|
|:Bd|g2 g efg|eag fed|g2 g edB|BAG ABc|
B2 A BGD|GAG GBd|ege dBG|AGF G:|
X: 5
T: The Cow That Ate The Blanket
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
A|"G"B2A BGD|GAG GBd|"C"ege "G"dBG|"D"ABA ABc|
"G"B2A BGD|GAG GBd|"C"ege "D"dBA|"G"BGF G2 :|
d|"G"gfg "C"efg|"Am"eag "D"fed|"G"gfg "Em"edB|"G"BAG "Am"ABc|
"G"B2 A BGD|"G"GAG GBd|"C"ege "D"dBA|"G"BGF "G"G2 :|
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Twenty-six comments

I learned this tune about ten years ago from John Carty and Marcus Hernon when they used to play a session at the Fiddler’s Elbow in Kentish Town. John didn’t have a name for it at the time but has subsequently recorded it on his album with Brian McGrath under the above title. The album is mainly banjo but will appeal to all. I can’t recommend it enough


Here’s some ways you can vary the opening phrase:
B/2c/2dB AGE|~G3 G
B/2c/2BB BGE|~G3 G
etc. etc.

Nice jig from a great album.

Incidentally, the tune on the Altan cd that shows up under this name is an unrelated reel.

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I’m sure I came across this tune many years ago as "The Cow That Ate The Blanket" (strange animals!!) - the melody is also fairly similar to Willie Colemans jig.

Variation on first part

I’ve heard older generation Clare players (and indeed most players I come across) play the opening bars thus:


Kenny Gardens

I found this tune quite well-known in Leeds. Even kids know it. I can’t trust my ears very much, but it seems to be called Kenny Gardens.

Try this set: Tobbin’s Favourite/ K. Gardens/ Castletown Connors (Condon’s Frolics) in Edor.


I’ve recently noticed this tune is actually called "The Kinnegad Jig" in Leeds, West Yorkshire. Not "Kenny Gardens." Sorry for my poor English. Actually, it seems this tune is usually known as "The Cat that Ate the Candle":

The Cow that Ate the Blanket

This is the tune called ‘Kitty Come Over’ on the Magic Square album. It also seems to be the same as tune #1994, also called The Cow That Ate The Blanket.

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The Cow that Ate the Candle

Actually, three slightly different versions of the tune exist on this site: another as "The Cow that Ate the Blanket" and the other as "Sarsfield’s Jig." I’ve recently posted a reel setting of the tune as "The Holloway Road Fling":

Here in Leeds, West Yorkshire, this tune is a very well-known beginners’ tune for any instrument, being affectionately called "Kinnegad Jig." The Leeds version is the same as the Clare version Pchaffee mentioned above.

Many musicians in the city are not so willing to play this fine, old-fashioned tune in the session, but I sometimes include it in a set. I’m not a native of the city anyway and so don’t care if it’s been traditionally recognised as a tune for kids.


Sorry, it’s not the cow but the cat that ate the candle.

Piper Tom Ennis (The Young Tom Ennis) recorded this, under this title, in 1924. His record began with someone announcing "This record was made exclusively for the Keltic Company!" That was how the label spelt its name, too. This was also recorded on cylinder by Patsy Touhey but the title he had for it isin’t known.

This appears on Mary & Andrew MacNamara’s CD "Open Hearth" as Joe Bane’s Jig (though if you click on the link from that page, it takes you to a Joe Bane’s Reel). They play it in F.

F! It’s one of special keys in East Clare.

I learned it in 1997 from Buddy Flanagan who has a hostel in Doolin. He plays banjo. Never could find it again tilI heard the MacNamaras CD
Great on Anglo C/G Concertina fits ‘NUF’ (Nicely under the fingers)

The Cat that Ate the Candle

The Reel "The Cat that Ate the Candle" isn’t Frankie Kennedy’s composition. The notes of the recording say "the cat that ate the candle / over the water to bessie: Frankie learned the first reel from the playing of the late Larry MacDonagh, a flute player from Ballinafad, County Sligo."

Gan Ainm

I found this tune played by Owenmore ceili band in a collection by Various Artists. This is the 1st jig in a set of three.

Gan Ainm/The Cow That Ate The Blanket

Do you know how to check to see if a tune is already here, Osvaldo? If, for example you entered the first bar of your tune into the search box, the only tune that comes us is "The Cow That Ate the Blanket". Now that you’re submitting many tunes which are already here, it might be an idea to get used to doing some searches first.

Re: The Cat That Ate The Candle

I learned the "Cow that Ate the Blanket" from the album "The Lonely Stranded Band". It’s also the familiar song "The Bould Thady Quill".

Cow That Ate The Blanket

This is a jig I took from a "Treoir" magazine of ages past. Musically pretty plain vanilla - for me the title alone makes this an interesting tune.

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