The Cock And The Hen slip jig

Also known as Cathal McConnell’s, Cock And Hen, Dennis Ryan’s, Grandad’s Delight, Joe Ryan’s, Keane’s Favourite, The Northern Jig, Ryan’s.

There are 36 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Humours Of Whiskey (lots of times), My Mind Will Never Be Easy (a few times), Hardiman The Fiddler (a few times), Sliabh Russell (a few times) and The Butlers Of Glen Avenue (a few times).

The Cock And The Hen has been added to 29 tune sets.

The Cock And The Hen has been added to 593 tunebooks.

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Eleven settings

X: 1
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B3 BAB f2A| B3 BAB cBA|B3 BAB f2g|afd edB dBA:|
|:afd def g2f|afd dfe dBA|afd def g2e|fed edB dBA:|
X: 2
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
~F3 FEF c2 A | ~F3 FEF AFE | ~F3 FEF c2 d | ecA BAF AFE :|
ecA ABc d2 f | ecA ABc BAF | ecA ABc d2 B | cBA BAF AFE :|
X: 3
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
~F3~F3 BcA| ~F3 FEF AFE|~F3~F3 Bcd|ecA ABc BAF:|
X: 4
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
c |: BBB fdB FBd | BBB fdB cBA | BBB fdB FBd |[1 agf efd cBA :|[2 agf efd efg ||
|: afd dfg bge | afd ddd ecA | afd dfg bge |[1 fgf efd cBA :|[2 fgf efd cBA ||
|: d2e fdd edd | fdd gdd afe | d/e/de fdd edd |[1 agf efd cBA :|[2 agf efd cBA |]
X: 5
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|: BcB BAB g2 A | BcB BAB dBA | BcB BAB g2 e | fed edB dBA :|
afd def g2 e | afd def gfe | afd def g2 e | fed edB dBA |
afd def g2 e | afd def gfe | a2 a agf g2 e | fed edB dBA |]
X: 6
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
~F3 FEF BcA| ~F3 FEF AFE|~F3 FEF Bcd|ec/B/A BAF AFE|
~F3 FEF BcA| ~F3 FEF AFE|~F3 FEF Bcd|ecA BAF AFE|
ecA ABc d2 f | ecA ABc BAF | ecA ABc dcB | cBA BAF AFE |
ecA ABc de/f/g | aec ABc BAF | ecA ABc dcB | cBA BAF AFE :||
X: 7
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:F3 FEF BcA| FG/A/F FEF AFE|F3 FEF Bcd|ec/B/A BAF AFE|
F3 FEF BcA| FG/A/F FEF AFE|F3 FEF Bcd|ecA BAF AFE||
|:ecA ABc d2 f | ecA ABc BAF | ecA ABc dcB | cBA BAF AFE |
ecA ABc de/f/g | aec ABc BAF | ecA ABc dcB | cBA BAF AFE ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B3 BAB f2A| B3 BAB dBA|B3 BAB f2g|af/e/d edB dBA|
B3 BAB f2A| B3 BAB dBA|B3 BAB f2g|afd edB dBA||
|:afd def g3 | afd edB dBA | afd def g2e | fed edB dBA |
afd def g3 | afd edB dBA| afd def g2e | fed edB dBA ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 9
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:F3 FEF c2E| F3 FEF AFE|F3 FEF c2d|ecA BAF AFE|
F3 FEF c2E| F3 FEF AFE|F3 FEF c2d|ecA BAF AFE||
|:ecA ABc d3 | ecA BAF AFE | ecA ABc d2B | cBA BAF AFE |
ecA ABc d3 | ecA BAF AFE| ecA ABc d2B | cBA BAF AFE ||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 10
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|:gec cde f3|gec cde fdB|gec cde f3|e2c e2A cAG:||
|:AcA AGA f3|AcA AGA cAG|AcA AGA f3|e2c e2A cAG:||
X: 11
T: The Cock And The Hen
R: slip jig
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
F3FEFc3|F3FEF AFD|F3FEFc2d|edA BAF AFE:|
ecA ABc d2f|ecA ABc BAF|ecA ABc d3|edA BAF AFE:|

Thirty-three comments

I find that this tune sounds best played at a good, lively speed but there’s some tricky fingering invovled, especially in that last bar. Take it nice and slow until playing it becomes second nature, then speed it up bit by bit.

That first B note can be ornamented in a number of ways. Try turning it into a roll or a triplet (e.g. BCB). It can also be double-stopped with an open D, or a high Fsharp. You could even try to fit in all three notes to make a Bminor chord (B,D and Fsharp).

The key change at the start of the second part can be emphasised opn the fiddle by playing an open A string at the beginning.

Naming rights

I learned this song as "Dennis Ryan’s" and starting on an F#… but since then I’ve heard it mostly as Cathal McConnel’s. Anyone know his position on the ownership of this tune?

Found in “The Northern Fiddler”

This tune can be found in this book, which is a collection of tunes transcribed from the playing of the older generation of fiddlers in Donegal in the mid-70’s. They play it in the key you have here. Most players I’ve encountered play it in F#min. Don’t have the book handy, so can’t give you a name, though many of the tunes in there are simply listed as "Untitled."

Wrong ryan

Cathal used to introduce this tune as "Joe Ryan’s" , not Denis - although he probably plays it too !

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Cock and the Hen

This tune is in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection of Fiddle tunes (aka Cole’s 1000 …) as "The Cock and the Hen".
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F#m Setting

~F3 FEF c2 A | ~F3 FEF AFE | ~F3 FEF c2 d | ecA BAF AFE :|
ecA ABc d2 f | ecA ABc BAF | ecA ABc d2 B | cBA BAF AFE :|

I’ve never heard it played in Bm. Very similar slip jig in D: https://thesession.org/tunes/1624

Damien O’Kane setting

The F#minor setting is from the playing of Crosscurrent,etc., banjo/guitar wizard Damien O’Kane. It goes nicely in a set after The Hag at the Churn.

This tune is called Doodley Doodley Dank in Donegal. The tune’s origin is possibly very old, and may refer to clubs in the 18th century called by this name where men and women would play a game called ‘Cock and Hen’ which would result in people pairing up for sex. The version is in the Northern Fiddler on p160.

So, you need to ask Jeremy to delete the alternative title to avoid confusion.

Could this one be named:

The Humours Of Derrycrossane (slip jig) too?

I think it appears under that title in M.Clarkson’s ‘The Farset’

F#min variant A part

Slight variation in A part as played at Frankfurt Art Bar (Germany):
~F3~F3 BcA| ~F3 FEF AFE|~F3~F3 Bcd|ecA ABc BAF:|

Another version, and a third part

Trans. from playing of Brendan Mulvihill. He said there are many settings of this tune out there, but this is his favorite. He says he got it from the very old, out-of-print Joyce collection of tunes (pub. 1840?).

X:1
T:The Cock and the Hen
L:1/8
Q:320
M:9/8
K:D
c |: BBB fdB FBd | BBB fdB cBA | BBB fdB FBd |1 agf efd cBA :|2 agf efd efg |: afd dfg bge | afd ddd ecA | afd dfg bge |1 fgf efd cBA :|2 fgf efd cBA |: d2e fdd edd | fdd gdd afe | d/e/de fdd edd |1 agf efd cBA :|2 agf efd cBA ||

Ah yes, Dow was already here… :-/

I have a possible parent for them… ;-)

“The Cock and the Hen” ~ # Posted on July 20th 2007 by grymater

For the sake of my eyes ~

X: 1
T: The Cock and the Hen
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
K: b minor
c |: BBB fdB FBd | BBB fdB cBA | BBB fdB FBd |[1 agf efd cBA :|[2 agf efd efg ||
|: afd dfg bge | afd ddd ecA | afd dfg bge |[1 fgf efd cBA :|[2 fgf efd cBA ||
|: d2e fdd edd | fdd gdd afe | d/e/de fdd edd |[1 agf efd cBA :|[2 agf efd cBA |]

I had only heard this tune in F# minor before seeing it here.

Roche II, page 24, tune #252 “The Cock and the Hen”

"The Roche Collection of Traditional Irish Music, Volume II", 1912
"Hop Jigs" ~ pages 24 - 28

X: 5
T: The Cock and the Hen
M: 9/8
L: 1/8
R: slip jig
K:
|: BcB BAB g2 A | BcB BAB dBA | BcB BAB g2 e | fed edB dBA :|
afd def g2 e | afd def gfe | afd def g2 e | fed edB dBA |
afd def g2 e | afd def gfe | a2 a agf g2 e | fed edB dBA |]

Great song

This is a good song. i reccomend it

As played by Dervish on “Life in Palma”

X:1
T:The Cock and the Hen
C: as played by Dervish on Life in Palma
L:1/8
Q:320
M:9/8
K:F#min
~F3 FEF BcA| ~F3 FEF AFE|~F3 FEF Bcd|ec/B/A BAF AFE|
~F3 FEF BcA| ~F3 FEF AFE|~F3 FEF Bcd|ecA BAF AFE|
ecA ABc d2 f | ecA ABc BAF | ecA ABc dcB | cBA BAF AFE |
ecA ABc de/f/g | aec ABc BAF | ecA ABc dcB | cBA BAF AFE :||

Also on their earlier album "Playing with Fire"

Set?

What would follow nicely after this tune? I’ve been playing it in F# minor, and I like the way it plays right after The Whinney Hills of Leitrim. Only fitting tune I can think of to play after is Hardiman The Fiddler.

Over the Hill

This slip jig also appears on the Bunch of Keys album of Jason O’Rourke. He plays it in F#m and calls it Over the hill. He plays it in a set with The humours of whiskey in Bm. I play the same set but both in Bm on Anglo-Concertina.

Called ‘The Fox Chase’ on John Redmond’s “East to Northeast”

Not sure how names get twisted around, but Redmond plays a sweet, mid-tempo version of this, just before playing ‘Thunderhead’.

Minor variation on the second setting

~F3 FEF c2 A | ~F3 FEF GFE

Playing it with the G really adds a nice touch. I heard it played this way once and have preferred it ever since. You can hear it in this video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=j_68zvA46SE starting at 2:35.

Kate McNamara

Her setting matches brotherstorm’s. Nice setting it is!

The Cock And The Hen, X:8

Lovely rhythm in this tune.

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The Cock And The Hen, X:9

E dorian version

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Key

I know this in F# minor

The Cock And The Hen, X:10

I came across this version in the Forde Collection. The 2 parts of the tune are in reverse order from those already posted here.