The Cat That Ate The Candle reel

There are 19 recordings of this tune.

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The Cat That Ate The Candle has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Cat That Ate The Candle has been added to 186 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Cat That Ate The Candle
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
Be~e2 Begb|afge fdd2|ecdB cBAF|GBAF GEE2|
Be~e2 Begb|a2ge eddf|e2dB cBAF|GBAF GEEB||
X: 2
T: The Cat That Ate The Candle
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3gfe|dcAG FDDE|FGAB cAdc|A2 GB AGAB|cAGE F3G|
A2 de fedf|edce dcAd|(3AcA de fefg|afge fde^c|
A2 de fedf|ed=ce dcAG|A2 de f3g|afge fde^c||
# Added by JACKB .

Fourteen comments

As requested by Irina, this is the reel version about the cat with the funny sense of taste.
Maybe there is still a jig with the same title around. More on that in the thread “Rain in the Bog”…
When I first saw the sheet music on I had to play it slowly and found later, when I could play it up to reel-tempo, that I like the slow version a lot better.
It is a beautiful tune!



Was this tune composed by Frankie Kennedy ?

The Cat that Ate the Candle

The notes of the recording say “the cat that ate the candle / over the water to bessie: Frankie learned the first reel from the playing of the late Larry MacDonagh, a flute player from Ballinafad, County Sligo.”

Sorry for my duplicated post.

Cat That Ate The Candle

This is from Ceol Rince na hEireann book 1. Breathnach got it from piper Tommy Reck, who in turn got it from piper John Potts. Neat little tune worth learning just for the name!

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Look closer……

Sorry “Zouki” - you’re quite wrong there. Frankie Kennedy’s “Cat” has nothing whatsoever in common with the “Cat” which is # 153 in CRE Vol.1. The only thing these 2 tunes have in common is their title. Take a look at the 2 pieces of sheet music above and compare them.
By the way, the link posted by “fiddlins_fun” above has been blocked.

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Kenny, last time I looked this had been posted as a separate tune. I wonder if Jeremy has combined them by accident..

In which case…..

… my apologies to “Zouki” - but there is actually nothing inaccurate in what I posted above. I just called it as I saw it.

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Cat That Ate the Candle - CRE version

No harm, no foul. I wasn’t aware there was another version.

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The Cat that Ate the Candle- 1st setting.

Here’s my rendition of The Cat that Ate the Candle (1st setting).

I believe the the other youtube video flute version I posted is actually by Frankie Kennedy. That link works for me- maybe you need to be logged in? The second setting seems to be an entirely different tune.

Re: The Cat That Ate The Candle

Anybody have an idea what the 3rd tune in the set is…where the guitar joins in. I know the second is “over the water to bessie”. I know this is a late post!!

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Re: The Cat That Ate The Candle

Sounds like “The Tap Room” to me.

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Re: The Cat That Ate The Candle

Joerg Froese wrote,
‘the reel [] about the cat with the funny sense of taste’.
Now, you have to remember that in the olden days, when objects were manufactured near or at home using mostly local resources, before the advent of petrochemistry, candles and ‘lights’ were commonly made of suet or lard or even some vegetable fats. Wax was not used on the same scale at all and paraffin made a late appearance on the domestic scene.
Knowing this, the said cat’s ‘feat’ is more understandable. Cats were probably less choosey in yon days too!
Still it was a roguish thing to do!
(and selfish; cats have no need for candles obviously!)