Kitty Goes A-Milking reel

Also known as Cáit Imithe A Ḃleán, Cáit Imithe An Ḃó A Ḃleán, Kitty Gone A Milkin’, Kitty Gone A Milking, Kitty Gone A’ Milkin’, Kitty Gone A’ Milking, Kitty Gone A’Milkin’, Kitty Gone A’Milking, Kitty Gone A-Milking, Kitty Went A Milking, Kitty’s Gone A ‘Milking, Kitty’s Gone A Milking, Kitty’s Gone A’ Milkin’, Kitty’s Gone A’ Milking, Kitty’s Gone A’Milking, Kitty’s Gone A-Milking, The Long Hills Of Mourne.

There are 63 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Music In The Glen (lots of times), The Dogs Among The Bushes (a few times), The Maid Of Mount Kisco (a few times), The Merry Sisters (a few times) and Sporting Nell (a few times).

Kitty Goes A-Milking has been added to 26 tune sets.

Kitty Goes A-Milking has been added to 286 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Kitty Goes A-Milking
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
| dG G2 d2 cA | dG G2 FGAB | dG G2 d2 eg | fdcA GABc |
dG G2 d2 cA | dG G2 FGAB | dG G2 d2 eg | fdcA GABc |
| dg g2 ag g2 | dggf d2 cA | dg g2 ag g2 | dcAB c2 Bc |
dg g2 ag g2 | dggf d2 cA | defg a3 g | fdcA G4 |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Kitty Goes A-Milking
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dG~G2d3e | dBcA (3EFG AG | dG~G2 dcde | fdcA GA (3BAG |
dG~G2 dg (3ege | dBcA (3EFG AG | ~G2BG ~G2dg | fdcA AG G2 :|
|:dg~g2 bgaf | dg~g2 abag | dg~g2 bgag | fdcA GABd |
~g3b ~a3b | (3bag ag f3g | af (3gfe fdeg |1 fdcA G2 (3ABc :|2 fdcA G2 ge |
X: 3
T: Kitty Goes A-Milking
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dG~G2d2cA | dG~G2 FGAB | dG~G2 d2eg | fdcA G3B:|
|dg~g2 ag~g2 | dg~g2 d2 cA | dg~g2 ag~g2 | fdAB c2Bc |
dg~g2 ag~g2 | dg~g2 d2 cA | defg a3g |fdcA G3B||
X: 4
T: Kitty Goes A-Milking
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dG (3GGG d2cA | dG (3GGG FGAB | dG (3GGG d2eg | fdcA (3GGG GB:|
|dg~g2 agfg | dg~g2 bafa | dg~g2 agfg | fdAB cz Bc |
|dg~g2 agfg | dg~g2 .d2 cA | defg a2 ag |gdca G3B||
X: 5
T: Kitty Goes A-Milking
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|Bc| dG G2 d2 cA | dG G2 FGAc | dG G2 d2 (3efg | fdcA G2 Bc |
dG G2 d2 cA | dG G2 FGAc | dG G2 d2 eg | fdcA GABc |
| dg g2 ag g2 | dggf d2 Bc | dg g2 ag g2 | dcAB c2 Bc |
dg g2 ag g2 | dggf d2 Bc | defg a3 g | fdcA G4 |
# Added by JACKB .

Six comments

Kitty Goes A-Milking

"nobu" submitted "Chieftains 1" in the recording section in April. I noticed that of the dance music on the recording only 2 tunes were missing from the tunes section, so I’ve already posted the "Limestone Rock"(although the Chieftains have a third part from somewhere), and "Kitty" gives us a full house. I agree with "longnote"’s comment about their early recordings. A lot of us cut our musical teeth on those albums, and the tuneson them will still stand you in good stead in any session.

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I love this tune—it’s one of my current faves; I recently learned it from harpist Grainne Hambly at a workshop.

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Kitty Variation

a nice variation is to play at the beginning Or wherever it fits in
dG 3)G
I think that’s what’s in Mary Bergin’ recorded version. The rythm gets less rigid like that.

Kitty Goes A-Milking ala The Clance

Wow, 10 years and no one has anything alternate for this warhorse of a reel. X:2 is from Willie Clancy; the 4th bar of the 2nd part especially sounds like his characteristic way of playing a tune, something in the motion of the melody, the choice of notes; and of course him lifting the chanter up and down and sliding into notes, giving it that "bluesy" or "Munster" or "Clare" sound.

You can hear him play this on the Gold Ring 2CD, or the old The Pipering Of Willie Clancy. Vol 2 LP/cassette. I’ve a copy of an old tape Martin Talty made of Willie where he also plays it, lots of clowning around there, and Martin tells us in the old days people in Clare called this by another name, The Long Hills of Mourne.

X:3

From piper Gab McKeon Milltown Malbay 1990

X4: Mary Bergin’s

this is a version with a stable, but less rigid rythm…