Sheet Music: Drive the Cows Home

TitleDrive the Cows Home
ComposerTraditional Irish
Also attributed toTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature6/8
Tempo96 BPM
Performance time0:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2022-03-29
Last updated2022-03-29
Download popularity index☆☆☆☆☆ 0.3 (not so popular)
Jigs, Marches, Traditional/Folk


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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”.