The Dairy Maid reel

Also known as Bean An Bhainne, The Dairy Maid’s, The Dairymaid, Kiss The Bride In Bed, Kiss The Maid In Bed.

There are 41 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Flax In Bloom (lots of times), Devanny’s Goat (a few times), The Aughamore (a few times), The College Groves (a few times) and Martin Wynne’s (a few times).

The Dairy Maid has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Dairy Maid has been added to 181 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Dairy Maid
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AF ~F2 DFBF|AFDE FE ~E2|AF ~F2 BFAF|E2 DE FD D2|
AF ~F2 DFBF|AFDE FEEF |G2 BG F2 AF|E2 DE FD D2||
d3 f a3 g | fgef dB ~B2|dfaf ~g2 ag| faeg fd d2|
dfaf ~g2 ag| fgef dB ~B2| dfaf g2 ag|faeg fd d2||
X: 2
T: The Dairy Maid
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AF~F2 AFBF|AFDE FE~E2|AF~F2 BFAF|EADE FDD2|
AF~F2 AFBF|AFDE FEEF|~G3E F2AF|EADE FDD2||
~d3f ~a3g|f2ef dB~B2|dcdf a2fa|bgeg fddA|
dfaf g2ag|f2eg fBBA|GBdf gbag|faeg fedB||
X: 3
T: The Dairy Maid
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|A~F3 D2 dB|AFDE FEEB|A~F3 dBAF|(3EFE DE FDDB|
A~F3 DFBF|AFDE FEEF|[A3F3]d BdAF|(3EFE DE FD D2||
dcdf abag|fgeg fdBc|dcdf adfa|bgeg fd{e}dc|
dfaf g2 ag|fgeg fdBc|defg a^gab|afeg fd d2||
# Added .
X: 4
T: The Dairy Maid
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
The last bar of the B part should be: |afeg fedB||
# Added .
X: 5
T: The Dairy Maid
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|AF~F2 AFBF|AFDE FE~E2|AF~F2 BFAF|EADE FDD2|
AF~F2 AFBF|AFDE FEEF|~G3E F2AF|EADE FDD||
A|~d3f ~a3g|f2ef dBBA|dcdf a2fa|bgeg fddA|
dfaf g2ag|f2eg fBBA|dcdf g2ag|f2eg fdd||
X: 6
T: The Dairy Maid
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|AF F2 AFBF|AFDE FE E2|AF F2 BFAF|EFDE FDD2|
AF F2 AFBF|AFDE FE E2|G3E F2AF|EFDE FD D2||
|d3f a3g|f2ef dBBA|dcdf a2fa|bgeg fddA|
dfaf g2ag|f2eg fBBA|dcdf g2ag|fgeg fddB||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Dairy Maid
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
dB||AF (3FFF DFAF|AFDE {G}FE E2|AF (3.F.F.F dFAF|EFDE FDDB|
AF {G}(3FEF (3.A.AF dF|AFDE {G}FEEF|G3E F2FF|E2DE {G}FDD2||
d3 e f2 Af|{a}ge{a}fe dB{d}BA|d3e (3fef af|{a}gfeg fdd2|
dfaf g2 ge|{a}(3fef {a}fe dB{d}BA|dfaf fgbg|faeg {fg}fedB||
# Added by Moxhe .
X: 8
T: The Dairy Maid
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|AF~F2 AFdF|AFDE FE~E2|AF~F2 DFAF|~E2DE FDD2|
AF~F2 dF~F2|AFDE FEED|~G3E FAAF|~E2DE FDD||
A|~d3f abag|fgef dBBA|dcdf afbf|afeg fdd2|
dfaf g2bg|affe dBBA|df~f2 afbf|afeg fdd||

Eleven comments

already posted?

The Dairy Maid

This is the setting I play. It’s based on Planxty’s version because that’s where I first heard it, but I’ve messed around with the 2nd half of the second part a bit. I like to make it move around the octave a bit more, outlining the chords of Bm and G more obviously through the melody:

AF~F2 AFBF|AFDE FE~E2|AF~F2 BFAF|EADE FDD2|
AF~F2 AFBF|AFDE FEEF|~G3E F2AF|EADE FDD2||
~d3f ~a3g|f2ef dB~B2|dcdf a2fa|bgeg fddA|
dfaf g2ag|f2eg fBBA|GBdf gbag|faeg fedB||

X: 1
T: Dairy Maid, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: First Through the Gate, Brian Conway
K: D
dB|A~F3 D2 dB|AFDE FEEB|A~F3 dBAF|(3EFE DE FDDB|
A~F3 DFBF|AFDE FEEF|[A3F3]d BdAF|(3EFE DE FD D2||
dcdf abag|fgeg fdBc|dcdf adfa|bgeg fd{e}dc|
dfaf g2 ag|fgeg fdBc|defg a^gab|afeg fd d2||

Posted .

Oops—hit post before I was done.

The last bar of the B part should be: |afeg fedB||

Posted .

According to the liner notes of Time on our Hands, this was played by Coleman and he knew it as "Kiss the Bride in Bed"; he had to tone the title down after having offended the sensibilities of radio listeners!

Planxty After the Break version

X: 1
T: Dairy Maid, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: Planxty, After the Break
K: D
B|AF~F2 AFBF|AFDE FE~E2|AF~F2 BFAF|EADE FDD2|
AF~F2 AFBF|AFDE FEEF|~G3E F2AF|EADE FDD||
A|~d3f ~a3g|f2ef dBBA|dcdf a2fa|bgeg fddA|
dfaf g2ag|f2eg fBBA|dcdf g2ag|f2eg fdd||

the 2d bar sounds like the 2d bar in the ‘single’: ‘she had a wooden leg and she played it like a fiddle o’

The dairy maid reel

In my local session, we play ‘The Dairy Maid’ as a double reel. Having heard it played both as a single reel and a double reel, I actually prefer it as a double reel.

The Dairy Maid, X:7

This setting appears in Breandan Breathnach, Ceol Rince na hÉireann, vol. 3 (1985), p. 86, no. 191, as Bean an Bhainne (The Dairy Maid).

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The Dairy Maid, X:8

As heard at sessions here in Austin, TX.