Dowd’s No. 9 reel

Also known as The Cow With The Crooked Horn, Dowd’s #9, Dowd’s No 9, Dowd’s No.9, Dowd’s Number Nine, Dowds No.9, Downe’s No. 9, Hugh Gillespie’s, Jackson’s No. 9, Ó Duḃda - Uiṁ. 9, O’Dowd’s No 9, Summer In Ireland, Uimh. 9 Uí Dhubhda.

There are 62 recordings of this tune.

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Dowd’s No. 9 appears in 2 other tune collections.

Dowd’s No. 9 has been added to 26 tune sets.

Dowd's No. 9 has been added to 369 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Dowd's No. 9
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DFAF GFEF|D2 FA dABG|F2 AF GFGB|AGFD EB,CD|
DF F2 GFEF|DEFA dABG|F2 AF GFGB|AGFD ED D2 :|
fd d2 g2 ag|f2 df edBA|fefa gfec|dcde fddA|
dfaf gfeg|fAdf edBA|GABG FAdB|AGFD ED D2 :|
2
X: 2
T: Dowd's No. 9
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|DFAF GFEF|DEFA dABG|FGAF GFGB|AG F/E/D A,CEC|
|DFAF GFEF|D3c dABG|FGAF GFGB|AG F/E/D A,CEC|
|D~F3 GFEF|D3c dABG|FGAF GFGB|AG F/E/D A,CEC|
|DFAF GFEF|DEFA dABG|FGAF GFGB|AGFD EF D2 ||
|fd d/d/d g2 ag|f~d3 cdeg|fdAd gfec|dcde fdd2 |
|fgaf gbeg|fedf ecAF|G2 B/A/G FAdB|AGFD EF D2 |
|fd d/d/d g2 ag|f~d3 cdeg|fdAd gfec|dcde fdd2 |
|f/f/g af gbeg|fedf ecAF|G2 B/A/G FAdB|AGFD A,CEC||
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3
X: 3
T: Dowd's No. 9
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DF~F2 G2FE| D2FA BGAG|F2AF GABG|FAGE FDD2|
DF~F2 G2FE| D2FA BGAG|F2AF GABG|ABde fdd2:|
|:fd~d2 g2ag|fedf ecBA|dfaf gfeg |fedf ecBA|
fd~d2 g2ag|fedf ecBA|F2AF GABG|ABde fdd2:|
4
X: 4
T: Dowd's No. 9
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DF F2 GFEF|D2 (3FGA dABG|F2 AF GFGB|AGFD EFGE|
DF F2 GFEF|D2 (3FGA dABG|F2 AF GFGB|AGFD ED D2 :|
|:fd d2 g2 ag|fd d2 edcA|fd d2 gfec|dcde fd d2|
fgaf gfeg|fedf ecAG|F2 AF GFGB|AGFD ED D2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
5
X: 5
T: Dowd's No. 9
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FE |:DFAF GFEC|D2 FA dABG|FGAF GFGB|AG (3FED A,B,CE|
DFAF GFEF|(3DDD FA dABG|FGAF GFGB|AGFD ED D2 :|
g |:fd ~d2 g2 ag|fd ~d2 ed=cA|fd ~d2 gfec|dcde fdde|
f!slide!g (3agf gfed|fd ~d2 e=cAG|FGAF GFGB|1 AGFD ED D2 |2 AG (3FED A,B,CE :|

Twelve comments

Tune name background

This tune is often attributed to John O’Dowd; the Sligo fiddler. No one knows if there were eight other tunes or not, and if there were they appear to be forever lost. John O’Dowd was the uncle of Joe O’Dowd, and thus the great-uncle of Seamus O’Dowd of the group Dervish.

John O’Dowd

Up Arigna!

Dowd’s Number Nine

Here’s Brian Conway’s take on the tune, transcribed from his First Through the Gate cd.

X: 1
T: Dowd’s Number Nine
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: First Through the Gate, Brian Conway
K: Dmaj
|DFAF GFEF|DEFA dABG|FGAF GFGB|AG F/E/D A,CEC|
|DFAF GFEF|D3c dABG|FGAF GFGB|AG F/E/D A,CEC|
|D~F3 GFEF|D3c dABG|FGAF GFGB|AG F/E/D A,CEC|
|DFAF GFEF|DEFA dABG|FGAF GFGB|AGFD EF D2 ||
|fd d/d/d g2 ag|f~d3 cdeg|fdAd gfec|dcde fdd2 |
|fgaf gbeg|fedf ecAF|G2 B/A/G FAdB|AGFD EF D2 |
|fd d/d/d g2 ag|f~d3 cdeg|fdAd gfec|dcde fdd2 |
|f/f/g af gbeg|fedf ecAF|G2 B/A/G FAdB|AGFD A,CEC||

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Dowd’s

I have a great version of this in B flat, which I got from Seamus Connoly.

A bit of trivia

I was listening to Ceili House, where Joe Burke gave a short introduction to this tune, saying of John O’Dowd that he was a "great fiddle player" "who died in the 1930’s in America".

I googled the name and found a thread on chiff and fipple where it was stated that he was a man "of Knocknaskeagh, Co. Sligo of whom Coleman said ‘nobody could play the fiddle better than John O’Dowd’. The man was born around 1860."

Dowd’s No. 9 = Whiskey?

Harry Bradley writes:

The perceived loss of O’Dowd’s other tunes (at least 8 others) was a source of some depression among Irish musicians given the quality of his "No.9". That is, until Ciaran Carson as a result of his literary musings, discovered that the title probably refers to a defunct brand of whiskey! Suddenly it all made sense.

You don’t suppose…

Could Mr. Carson perhaps be refering to "Downes No. 9", which is still blended in an over 200 year old Waterford pub?

An Ancestor?

I shamefully admit I haven’t learned this great tune yet, but found a similar traditional tune called "The Hornless Cow": https://thesession.org/tunes/2825

As heard played by a fluter at my session, approximately.

X:1
K:d
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
|:DF~F2 G2FE| D2FA BGAG|F2AF GABG|FAGE FDD2|
DF~F2 G2FE| D2FA BGAG|F2AF GABG|ABde fdd2:|
|:fd~d2 g2ag|fedf ecBA|dfaf gfeg |fedf ecBA|
fd~d2 g2ag|fedf ecBA|F2AF GABG|ABde fdd2:|

I heard another legend that the title refers to Dowd’s apartment number: #9.

Dowd’s No. 9, X:5

Transcribed from Paddy Cronin’s album ‘Kerry’s Own’. Although as mentioned elsewhere, he plays this in C on the recording with lower tuned fiddle, I’ve put the transcription in D. Tonally different from the other settings here due to the awesome bluesy c naturals in the B part. I have put in the most common ornaments that I can hear in the recording.