The Mother And Child reel

Also known as Is Trua Gan Peata ‘n Mhaoir Agam, Peata Beag Is A Mháthair, Peata Beag Mo Mháthar, The Yellow Cow.

There are 22 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Mother And Child appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Mother And Child has been added to 17 tune sets.

The Mother And Child has been added to 179 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Mother And Child
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2GE FD~D2|EFGD EFGE|A2GE FDDF|EFGE A2AB:|
|:cAAB cdeg|fdec dcAB|cAAB cdeg|1 fdec d2ed:|2 fdec d2ec||
2
X: 2
T: The Mother And Child
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2GE FD~D2|EFGF EFGE|A2GE FD~D2|EFGE A3B:|
|:c3A cded|fded cAAB| c3A cded|fdec d3e|
c3A cded|fded cAAe|f2ec dfed| cABc d4||
3
X: 3
T: The Mother And Child
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:{B}A2GE | FD DF|EFGF | EFGB|{B}A2GE | FD DF|EFGE | A3B:|
|cA {B}AB | cdeg|~fded |cA{B}AB| cA {B}AB | cdeg|~fd ec | [1d2 ed:|][2 d4||]
# Added by Bryce .

Seventeen comments

Submitted in response to a request. This reel was originally a song which comes in different versions. On Arty McGlynn and Nollaig Casey’s "Lead The Knave" it is known as "The Yellow Cow". This name came about because one of the verses in one of the versions can be translated as:

I wish I had a yellow cow, a yellow cow, a yellow cow,
I wish I had a yellow cow,
And welcome from my darling.

The chorus translates as:

And Oh, I call to thee, I call to thee,
And the love of my heart art thou,
And Oh, I call to thee, I call to thee,
And thou art the fair child of your mother.

This is a type of song called a "dandling" that would have been sung by a mother to her child. This tune is therefore known by some as "The Mother And Child Reel", e.g. Martin Hayes & Dennis Cahill: "The Lonesome Touch", and one of the Danu albums, the title of which I can’t bring to mind.

Yellow cow

thanks, dow, for posting the tune. i have the other tunes from arty’s set and wanted to work up the whole thing on guitar. dont

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If you want a transcription of the exact version played by Arty McGlynn, it’s on Henrik Norbeck’s site.

Key

This feels more like A mixolydian than D - it seems to centre on A rather than D

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No, it’s D. The start of the 1st part and beginning of the 2nd part have an A chord tho’.

The Mother And Child, X:2

As played on the Mary Staunton album "Bright Early Morning". The B section is a bit different, in particular with the phrasing in the 1st and 2nd bars. The "cded | fded" bit threw me for a loop, it doesn’t seem particularly idiomatic until you hear it played, but it really makes the tune stand out.

Re: The Mother And Child

Ian, thanks for posting that. Just to be clear, the transcription from Mary Staunton’s recording was done by my friend Mike Gregory, Grand Forks, ND. I gave Ian a copy of Mike’s transcription and Ian was kind enough to share it here. If he tweaked anything, you’ll have to check with the recording, or ask him, but he didn’t list anybody as transcriber in the headings to the abc. Thanks again, Ian.

Video link

Here’s a video with the tune being played, starting at the 195-second mark… 8 measures for the A and 8 for the B:

https://youtu.be/yZaUJJi15dM?t=195


It’s from the 3m 15s mark until the 5m 30s mark.

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The Mother And Child, X:3

Here is the simple pattern of Mother and Child which Martin Hayes demonstrated on the video which I recently linked to. I will plan to post a video of the melody using either the hammered dulcimer or the tinwhistle.

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Re: The Yellow Cow

Doesn’t sound like a polka to me, more like a barn dance or reel? You can tell a tune by the company it keeps; is there a polka? Mostly reels it seems

Re: The Yellow Cow

Yep, it’s a polka (‘one and two and…’). Another way to tell is the number of measures per part. Though that’s not an absolute rule, 8 measures repeated once (AA) adds up to 16 measures, versus 4 measures repeated once adds up to 8 measures. I’ve seen a rare tune that’s as short as that, but that’s certainly the exception, so I still think this is with a polka (2/4) beat.

Here it is on the hammered dulcimer, played as a polka:
https://youtu.be/McRupFG5p3g

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Re: The Yellow Cow

This tune is obviously a reel. It’s pretty well known and though technically it could be played as a polka, personally, I’ve never heard it played as one. All the video examples here have it as a reel, including the two posted by Bryce, who claimed it to be a polka.