The Woman Of The House reel

Also known as Bean A Ti, Bean A Ti Ar La, Bean An Ti, The Lady Of The House, The Mistress Of The House, The Old Woman Of The House.

There are 107 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Morning Dew (lots of times), The Bank Of Ireland (lots of times), The Bag Of Spuds (a few times), Rakish Paddy (a few times) and Toss The Feathers (a few times).

The Woman Of The House has been added to 28 tune sets.

The Woman Of The House has been added to 627 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Woman Of The House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DBBA B2BA|GABd eBdB|(3ABA GB A2(3Bcd|eB(3BAB eBdB|
DBBA B2BA|GABd eBdB|GABG (3ABA GA |BGAG EGD2:||
f2fd edBd|edge dABd|f2fd edBd|eaag ea(3aba|
f2fd edBd|g2ge dcBA|GABG (3ABA GA |BGAG EGD2:||
X: 2
T: The Woman Of The House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG cABA|GBdg e2dB|GABG A2(3Bcd|e~A2 eAcA|
DGBG cABA|GBdg e2dB|GABG A2GB|dBAd BGG2 :||
gfeg fedf|efge dcBA|GABG A2(3Bcd|e~A2 eAcA|
gzeg fedz|efge dcBA|GABG A2 GB | dBAd BGG2 :||
X: 3
T: The Woman Of The House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DBBA ~B3A|GABd (3.f.e.f dc|(3.A.c.A GB A2 Bd|veB~B2 vgfdB|
DBBA {c}B{A}B {d}BA|GA (3.B.c.d egdB|GABG (3.A.B.A GA |BGAG EG~G2:||
e{a}f{e}fd veB.BA|eg{a}ge dB~B2|ef{g}fd ed (3.B.c.d|ea{g}ag eaaf|
e{a}f{e}fd veB.BA|eg{a}ge gdBA|~G3B ~A2 GA |BGAG EG~G2:||
X: 4
T: The Woman Of The House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DBBA B3A|GB B2 eBdB|(3ABA GB A2(3Bcd|eB B2 eBdB|
DBBA B3A|GB B2 (3efe dB|GABG (3ABA GA |(3BAG AG EG G2:||
f3d eB B2|eBgB eB B2|f3d ed (3Bcd|eaag a3g|
f3d eB B2|eBgB eBBA|GABG (3ABA GA |(3BAG AG EG G2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Woman Of The House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DBBA B3A|GB B2 (3efg dB|(3ABA GB A2(3Bcd|eB B2 eBdB|
DBBD B3A|GB B2 e2 dB|GABG A2 GA |(3BAG AG EG G2:||
|f3d ed (3Bcd|edfd ed (3Bcd|f3d ed (3Bcd|eaag a3g|
f3d ed (3Bcd|edfd edBA|GABG A2 GA |(3BAG AG EG G2:||
|d2 cd B3A|GB B2 eBdB|A2 GB A2(3Bcd|eB B2 eBdB|
DBBD B3A|GB B2 e2 dB|GABG A2 GA |(3BAG AG EG G2:||
|:fd (3Bcd ed (3Bcd|edfd ed (3Bcd|fd (3Bcd ed (3Bcd| eaag a3g|
f3d ed (3Bcd|edfd edBA|GABG A2 GA |(3BAG AG EG G2:||
|D2 BA B4|GB B2 eBdB|A2 GB A2 (3Bcd|eB B2 DB B2|
|d2 cd B3A|GB B2 egdB|GABG A2 GA |(3BAG AG EG G2:||
|:(3Bcd| f3d edfd |(3Bcd edfd (3Bcd |f3d ed (3Bcd |(a4 a)3g |
f3d ed (3Bcd|edfd edBA|GABG A2 GA |(3BAG AG EG G2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Woman Of The House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DFFE F3E|DF F2 BFAF|(3EFE DF E2(3FGA|BF F2 BFAF|
DFFE F3E|DF F2 (3BcB AF|DEFD (3EFE DE |(3FED ED Bd d2:||
|:c3A BF F2|BFdF BF F2|c3A BA (3FGA|Beed e3d|
c3A BF F2|BFdF BFFE|DEFD (3EFE DE |(3FED ED Bd d2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Woman Of The House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DFFE F3E|DF F2 (3Bcd AF|(3EFE DF E2(3FGA|BF F2 BFAF|
DFFA F3E|DF F2 B2 AF|DEFD E2 DE |(3FED ED Bd d2:||
|:c3A BA (3FGA|BAcA BA (3FGA|c3A BA (3FGA|Beed e3d|
c3A BA (3FGA|BAcA BAFE|DEFD E2 DE |(3FED ED Bd d2:||
|A2 GA F3E|DF F2 BFAF|E2 DF E2(3FGA|BF F2 BFAF|
DFFA F3E|DF F2 B2 AF|DEFD E2 DE |(3FED ED Bd d2:||
|:cA (3FGA BA (3FGA|BAcA BA (3FGA|cA (3FGA BA (3FGA| Beed e3d|
c3A BA (3FGA|BAcA BAFE|DEFD E2 DE |(3FED ED Bd d2:||
|A2 FE F4|DF F2 BFAF|E2 DF E2 (3FGA|BF F2 AF F2|
|A2 GA F3E|DF F2 BdAF|DEFD E2 DE |(3FED ED Bd d2:||
|:(3FGA| c3A BAcA |(3FGA BAcA (3FGA |c3A BA (3FGA |(e4 e)3d |
c3A BA (3FGA|BAcA BAFE|DEFD E2 DE |(3FED ED Bd d2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: The Woman Of The House
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DBBA B2BA | GABd eBdB | A~E3 ABcd | e~B3 eBdB |
DBBA BcBA | GABd eBdB | GABG ~A3A |1 BGAG EFGE :|2 BGAG EFGB ||
(f~f3) edBd | egfd edBd | f2df edBd | eaag abag |
~f3d edBd | gage dBBA | ~G3B A2GA |1 BGAG EFGB :|2 BGAG EFGE ||

Eighteen comments

Woman of the house

one of the first I ever heard and/or learned live

Woman of the House

This one was played by the late great West Clare fiddler Bobby Casey. He played it after the Bank of Ireland (which he played double) to make a very effective pair of reels.

Woman of the House

This tune is very commonly played as a set with "The Morning Dew" preceding it.

Another version: notation from Mary Bergin 1999 East Durham

DGBG cABA|GBdg e2dB|GABG A2(3Bcd|e~A2 eAcA|
DGBG cABA|GBdg e2dB|GABG A2GB|dBAd BGG2 :||

gfeg fedf|efge dcBA|GABG A2(3Bcd|e~A2 eAcA|
gzeg fedz|efge dcBA|GABG A2 GB | dBAd BGG2 :||
This version does not include the cuts, strikes, and tongueing or grace notes that were given with it. She wrote it out, in the class, which was then copied as a handout to the students.

“Mary Bergin” version

I learned this "Mary Bergin" version in the 1999 E. Durham class, as well (Whistle Bare: I’m curious to know who you are?). I’ve sinced played this tune many many times, and I’m always asked, "What is the name of that tune?" I respond, "The Woman of the House", to which I am told, "That’s not ‘The Woman of the House’. This is ‘The Woman of the House’," and they play the setting posted by brieux.

So, getting to the point… after several years, I finally have the more common name of the "Mary Bergin setting" of this tune… "Lasses Keep Your Legs Together"… this title has been corroborated by two experienced flute players.

Coincidentally enough, I’ve now stumbled upon a few more people who call it "another version of ‘The Woman of the House’", too.

Cheers.

…also…

Mike Rafferty taught this "other version" at E. Durham this year - but didn’t have a name for it.

“other” version

I think this "other" version of "Woman Of The House" is actually in O’Neils as "Woman of the House". :-) My PDF file has it as #1300 in "O’Neil’s Music Of Ireland", and my copy of O’Neils "Dance Music of Ireland" has it at 565. But these are not print copies of the book, they were generated based of online abc transcriptions.

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Paddy Keenan

I like Paddy Keenan´s version. Who has it?

What about Mary Custy’s version on “After 10:30”?

I bought a recording of a tune on iTunes, and while it’s called "The Woman of the House," it is in A minor, and is not the tune listed here. It’s haunting and beautiful, and highly ornamented. The second tune in this two-tune track is "The Man of the House," I’m quite sure.

I’m working to learn it by ear but would love to know what I am learning. Because I bought this on iTunes, I have no access to any information except that the album is "copyright 1999" by Mary Custy. I’ve looked in various places on the web but can’t find anything more about this track.

Another great recording of this song

CD labeled "Champions of Ireland: Uilleann Pipes" featuring Con Durham. This is the best version I’ve heard so far.

…………it comes in at about 1:50

X:3

Pipes version as teached at Willy Clancy School 1993 by Sean Talty.

The Woman Of The House, X:5

Piping version

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Blackie

I’ve taken some of the ornaments used by Blackie O’Connell in this setting.

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