The Hornless Cow reel

Also known as The Funny Days Of Easter, John Blessing’s, The One-Horned Cow.

There are 5 recordings of this tune.

The Hornless Cow appears in 3 other tune collections.

The Hornless Cow has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Hornless Cow has been added to 35 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Hornless Cow
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
afdf gfge|afdf (eB)B2|afdf gfge|afdf e2d2|
afdf gfge|afdf (eB)B2|defg afbf|afdf e2d2|
X: 2
T: The Hornless Cow
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
G|FA{c}AF GFED|FA {B}(3AGA defA|FA{c}AF GFED|defd efdA|
FA{c}AF GFED|FA {B}(3AGA defd|edef {a}(3gfg bg|afdf ed d||
f|afdf {a}(3gfg bg|afdf (3efe Bf|afdf {a}(3gfg bg|afdf (3efe df|
afdf {a}(3gfg bg|afdf eB {c}(3BAB|defg afbf|afdf ecd||

Nine comments

The Hornless Cow

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.

Shannon Heaton plays this on one of her albums.

Thanks. I enjoyed that!

The Funny Days of Easter

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.