Cow Behind the Hay-Cock (The)

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COW BEHIND THE HAY-COCK. Scottish, Irish; Single Jig. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. This air, "in the Pigot Collection, (was) obtained from Miss Mary Eva Kelly of Portumna, Co. Galway; better known as 'Eva', the writer of national ballads in 'The Nation' newspaper, who seems to have had as cultivated a taste for Irish music as for literature. She is now Mrs. O'Doherty, the widow of the well-know Dr. Kevin Izod O'Doherty, and is living in hale old age in Australia" (Joyce).

See also the reel-time variants as "Kiss her beyond the haystack, "Kiss her aback of the haystack," "New Widow Well Married (2)," "Old Wife Behind the Haystack (The)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs, vol. 1), 1782; No. 51, p. 18. Joyce (Old Irish Folk Music and Song), 1909; No. 782, p. 382.

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