Tuesday 29 March 2022
Tune of the Day: Drive the Cows Home
Traditional Scottish/Irish jig
The earliest known appearance of this jig is in Francis O'Neill's celebrated collection Music of Ireland, published in Chicago in 1903. O'Neill's source for the tune was William McLean, who “played it in marching time on the Highland pipes”. McLean was Scottish, born in Ross-shire early in the 1800s, and met O'Neill around 1875. O'Neill says that although classed as a double jig, this “was evidently a clan march”.