Also known as
The Dead Cow, The Fairy Hurlers, The Highland Man Kiss’d His Mother, The Highland Man Kissed His Grannie, The Highland Man Kissed His Granny, The Highland Man That Kissed His Grannie, The Highland Man Who Kissed His Granny, The Highlander Kissed His Granny, The Highlander Who Kissed His Granny, The Highlander Who Kissed His Mother, The Highlandman Kissed His Mother, The Highlandman That Kissed His Granny, The Jolly Seven, The Pensioner Who Kissed His Granny.
Originally Scottish, and I believe was brought to Ireland through Donegal. Recorded on an early “Boys Of The Lough” LP, and also played by “Altan”. Not sure if they ever recorded it though. Glasgow band “Pipedown” recorded a great version, using Highland pipes.
Granny or Mother?
I think I heard this tune as “The Highlandman Kissed His Mother.”
The Highlandman Who Kissed His Granny
John Bowe calls this ‘the Pensioner who kissed his Granny’ on his LP.
Recorded as “Dawe’s Favourite” on “A Flick Of The Wrist” by Brendan Larrissey: https://thesession.org/recordings/2199
Closer to a more melancholic version, I used to record in a session quite a long time ago.
Should I edit the tune to add that title?
And if yes, how make the right link to this url on the recording?
Yes, edit the details. It will be recognized by the according entry of the recording automatically then.
I’d say , no, don’t add that title, because I’d bet good money that the reason Brendan Larrissey called it “Dawe’s” is that he learned the tune from Austin Dawe, another fine fiddler, I believe from the same neck of the woods in Ireland as Brendan himself. This is probably the only single instance of the tune being given that title. It’s been known as “The Highlandman Kissed His Granny” [ or variations thereof ] for well over 150 years, and appears in books of Scottish music from around the mid 1800s. It doesn’t need another name.
“It doesn’t need another name”
And yet it’s been given one. Simply adding “Dawe’s Favourite” to the list of alternate titles will link the entry in the recording section to this tune. I can’t see what the problem is. In fact, I’ve just done it.
More like 250 years, it’s in Robert Bremner’s Reels, c. 1760.
There are also many more titles, e.g. O‘Neill has it as ’The Jolly Seven’.
Re: The Highlandman Who Kissed His Granny
It seems like it may have become the original Ryan’s Rant when it travelled to Ireland - there is a setting here from 1826 which is seemingly the same tune. It then appears to reference the Gravel Walks in a later setting…