The Cat’s Meow jig

Also known as The Cat’s Maiow, The Cat’s Miaou, The Cat’s Miaow, Mí-á An Chait.

There are 24 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Cat’s Meow has been added to 19 tune sets.

The Cat's Meow has been added to 599 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Cat's Meow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D | FAd fef | afe dBA | BdB BAF | dAF E2 E |
FAd fef | afe dBA | B/2c/2de fdB | AFE D2 :|
e | fdB AFA | DFA d2 e | gef ged | ced cBA |
fdB AFA | DFA d2 e | gec age | edc d2 :|
d | FAd fef | agf agf | Ace g2 g | gfe gfe |fef gfg |
aga bag |1 faa gec | edc d2 :|2 fdB gec | dAF D2 ||
X: 2
T: The Cat's Meow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2G|:FAd f2g|afe dBA|B3 BAF|dAF EAG|
FAd f2g|afe dBA|Bde fdB|1AFE DAG:|2AFE Dge||
|:fdB AFA|DFA dfa|gef ged|ced cBA|
fdB AFA|DFA dfa|gec aed|1cec dge:|2cec dAG||
|:FAd faa|agf agf|Ace g3|gfe gfe|
f2d g2e|agf efg|faf gec|edc dAG:|
X: 3
T: The Cat's Meow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2G|:FAd f2g|afe dBA|B3 BAF|dAF EAG|
FAd f2g|afe dBA|Bde fdB|1AFE DAG:|2AFE D ge||
fdB AFA|DFA dfa|gef ged|ced cBA|
fdB AFA|DFA dfa|gec aed|1cec dge:|2cec dAG||
FAd faa|agf agf|Ace g3|gfe gfe|
f2d g2e|agf efg|faf gec|1edc dAG:|2 edc ||
X: 4
T: The Cat's Meow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FAd f2b|afe dBA|~B3 BAF|dAF E2A|
FAd ~f3|afe dBA|B/c/de fdB|1 AFE D3:|2 AFE D2e||
fdB ~A3|DFA def|gef ged|ced cBA|
fdB ~A3|DFA def|g2g age|1 edc d2e:|2 edc d2B|
Adf a2a|agf agf|Ace ~g3|gfe gfe|
~f3 ~g3|a2a bag|f/g/af gec|1 edc d2B:|2 edc d3||
# Added .
X: 5
T: The Cat's Meow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:FAd f3|afe d2A|Bc/d/B BAF|dAF E2A|
FAd f3|afe d2A|Bc/d/e fdB|1 AFE D3:|2 AFE D2e||
|:fdB AFA|DFA def|g3 ged|ced cBA|
fdB A3|DFA def|g3 age|1 edc d2e:|2 edc d2B|
|:Adf a3|agf a3|Ace g3|gfe g3|
fdf g3|a3 bag|f3 gec|1 edc d2B:|2 edc d3||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Cat's Meow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
F2(G4|G5)F|:EGc ~e3| ged cAG| ~A3 AGE| cGE ~D3| EGc ~e3| ged cAG| (3ABc d dcA| GED C3 :|
|:ecA ~G3| CEG c2e| ede fed| ced cAG| ecA ~G3| CEG c3| f2f gfd| dcB c3:|
EGc g3| gfe gfe| GBd f3| fed fed| dce fdf| geg agf| e2g fed| dcB c3|
EGc gag| gfe ~g3| FAd f3| fed ~f3| ~e3 ~f3| g2g agf| g2c f2B | cGE C3||
# Added by Erik .
X: 7
T: The Cat's Meow
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FAd ~f3|afe d2A|B/c/dB AFA|dAF ~E3|
FAd ~f3|afe d2A|B/c/de fdB|AFE D3:|
|:fdB ~A3|DFA def|gef ged|ced cBA|
fdB ~A3|DFA def|gef gec|edc d3:|
|:Adf ~a3|agf agf|Ace ~g3|gfe gfe|
~f3 ~g3|~a3 bag|faf gec|edc d3:|
"Variations"
FAd ~f3|afe dBA|~B3 BAF|dAF EAG|
FAd ~f3|afe dBA|Bde fdB|1 AFA d3:|2 AFA d2e||
|:fdB AFA|DFA dfa|~g3 ged|ced cBA|
fdB AFA|DFA dfa|~g3 age|edc d3:|
|:Adf faa|agf agf|Ace ~g3|gfe gfe|
f2d g2e|agf efg|faf gec|edc d3:|
# Added by cheip .

Twenty-seven comments

McElvougue’s?

This one was written out by Bill Black a few years ago and published in Treoir.
He credits it as written by Joanie Madden.

Where is it known as McElvougue’s?

Also on …

Tulach Boylan’s "Tidy Cottage" CD as "Brid Harper’s".

Set of Jigs?

Does anyone know what tune is normally played after this tune?

Over in another tune, garyfritz123 says this jig commonly gets paired with Paddy Cronin’s (https://thesession.org/tunes/4598) in Fermanagh.

But I’ve heard this jig strung next to any number of other tunes—no set-in-stone pairing.

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Cherish the Ladies

I just saw Cherish the Ladies perform this tune live. It sounded fantastic. Joanie Madden introduced the tune as her composition, titled The Cat’s Meow. They did it by itself three times through with different instrumentation each time.

Anyone know the name of this jig?

Here´s a jig I wrote down from a session featuring Tony Linnane and Dermot Byrne. It sounds to me like a Paddy O´Brien tune, but doesn´t seem to feature in the collection of his compositions, that has been published. Can anyone throw some illumination on the matter???
There´s a good tune comes afterwards on the tape. Appearing shortly….possibly…
Regards Tim

Nice tune. I tried to fix the abcs for you, but not knowing the tune or hearing your recording of it I can’t be sure if it’s right. You might want to edit the abcs before it gets converted to the sheet music. I don’t think you can change that once it sets up.

X: 1
T: Gan Ainm
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
A2G|:FAd f2g|afe dBA|B3 BAF|dAF EAG|FAd f2g|afe dBA|Bde fdB|1AFE DAG:|2AFE D ge||
fdB AFA|DFA dfa|gef ged|ced cBA|fdB AFA|DFA dfa|gec aed|1cec dge:|2cec dAG||
FAd faa|agf agf|Ace g3|gfe gfe|f2d g2e|agf efg|faf gec|1edc dAG:|2 edc ||

Hello there,

This tune is titled "The Cat’s Meow" and was Joannie Madden’s first composition.

Very nice tune!

Cheers,
Armand

The Cat´s Meow

Thanks Armand for the name. Turns out I had a private recording of it under that name, but hadn´t connected the two! What with one player sounded ordinary and not too attractive, sounded great when played by Linnane and Byrne.

Already noted!

Having now got the title, I see the tune has already been entered. Didn´t show up when I did an ABC check. The phrasings of the two versions are slightly different…….

Slightly different phrasing

I just wrote this jig down from a recording of a session with Tony Linnane and Dermot Byrne. Not knowing the title, I sent it in, so it´ll probably be removed again shortly, as a duplicate. However, the phrasing is slightly different in the version I wrote down. Here it is, for those who might have an interest:

A2G|:FAd f2g|afe dBA|B3 BAF|dAF EAG|
FAd f2g|afe dBA|Bde fdB|1AFE DAG:|2AFE Dge||
|:fdB AFA|DFA dfa|gef ged|ced cBA|
fdB AFA|DFA dfa|gec aed|1cec dge:|2cec dAG||
|:FAd faa|agf agf|Ace g3|gfe gfe|
f2d g2e|agf efg|faf gec|edc dAG:|

The other tune

Have now posted the jig that follows on the tape,
"Father Kelly´s"…thanks to Spoon for title

Another name

also known as Wallop the spot

Pardon?

Have you double-checked the info?

Think about it…

Nothing to do with "Wallop The Spot". Why would Joannie Madden give her composition 2 titles, especially since there’s a much older jig by that name ?
I also see that some eejit has given it the alternative title "The Mystery Reel". That’s crap, and should be removed. Also, there is still no justification for calling it "McElvougue’s".

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The Cat’s Meow

Hi Everyone…

Yes, this tune was composed by me. It was the first tune I ever composed.

Thanks,
Joanie Madden

“The Cat’s Meow” ~ a surviving duplication :-/

Submitted on October 17th 2006 by Tim@Copenhagen.
https://thesession.org/tunes/6266

Yes, it is the one just previous, same transcription and source…

No, Thank you!

Joanie, I’m guessing you composed this tune on flute. But I have to tell you, it is superbly suited for fiddle. I really enjoying playing this piece.

Cat’s Meow

Joanie’s tune is on the recently released cd by Siobhan and Una Hogan, The Blue-Eyed Rascal. You can hear the track here: http://www.siunmusic.com/

My scribbling of their setting:

X: 1
T: Cat’s Meow, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
C: Joanie Madden
D: Blue-Eyed Rascal, Siobhan and Una Hogan
K: D
FAd f2b|afe dBA|~B3 BAF|dAF E2A|
FAd ~f3|afe dBA|B/c/de fdB|1 AFE D3:|2 AFE D2e||
fdB ~A3|DFA def|gef ged|ced cBA|
fdB ~A3|DFA def|g2g age|1 edc d2e:|2 edc d2B|
Adf a2a|agf agf|Ace ~g3|gfe gfe|
~f3 ~g3|a2a bag|f/g/af gec|1 edc d2B:|2 edc d3||

Posted .

Attention!

i was wondering could you play this after the blackbird? :)

In a set we some times play, the cat’s meow is followed by the dog’s tail.

The Cat’s Meow, X:5

Sharon Shannon version.

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Composed by Joanie Madden

Looking through the comments above (going back 13 years!), there seemed general agreement that Joanie Madden had composed this tune. Just to be sure, I asked her today, and here is her reply:

"The Cat’s Meow is the first tune I ever wrote. I was going to Ireland to compete in the Fleadh Cheoil at the All-Ireland Championship and didn’t have a good jig. I was looking for a three-part one. After searching and scouring records and music books for weeks to no avail, I decided to try to write one. I wrote it one night very late sitting at the kitchen table. My father got up to go to work at 4:30 in the morning, and I had just finished it. He asked what tune that was. I said I had just written it. He said ‘What?! Play that again. That’s lovely!’

"It was actually another competitor, Siobhan O’Donnell from England, who taped the competition and learned it and started playing the tune over in London, where it became very popular first. It’s been very flattering to hear that tune played all over the world!

"I named the tune after Sean McGlynn, who was an amazing accordion player from County Galway. He taught Billy McComiskey to play and was the man who bought me my first flute and the reason I play a silver flute to this day. The last time I saw him before he was murdered, we were at a session at Pat Henry’s house in the Bronx. We were all saying our goodbyes on the street and, as Sean was driving home in his Volkswagen van, I shouted out to him that one of his headlights was out. He responded as he drove off, ‘I’m just looking back at you Joanie like a cat winking, because you are the cat’s meow!’"

So there is the story behind this fine jig. Thanks, Joanie, for letting me share this with everyone. You are, indeed, the cat’s meow!

Great story, Jim!

The Cat’s Meow, X:6

A C major version, approximately what I hear on Joanie Madden’s album "Song of the Irish Whistle 2"

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Re: The Cat’s Meow

Hi Joanie, Great tune. It was played last night during a session at Matt Molloy’s Pub here in Westport.
Bill C (formerly from Alaska)