This is straight out of O’Neill’s (No. 686) and a tune I always play when I page though the reels. I was initially attracted to the name, but love the flowing nature of this tune. I never hear anyone play it in sessions.
Does anyone else play this tune?
The Hornless Cow
I play this tune on the fiddle, flute and whistles and it’s definitely one of my favorite tunes, for the reason you noted above. It’s a Donegal tune and it’s played pretty fast. It’s a good song for anyone’s repertoire. Kurt
Yes, I do, but finding someone else who knows it isn’t easy! I like to put Templehouse Reel right after it.
I wrote this comment in the other location for this tune under "John Blessing’s": This tune appears in the Francis Reynolds manuscript of Gaigue, Ballinamuck, Co. Longford written in the last quarter of the 19th century. His version is similar to the one synonymous with the flute player John Blessing of Aughavas, Co. Leitrim. Given the proximity of Blessing to Gaigue the title in the manuscript was probably the one used in the region by local musicians.
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