“Barney and Katie”

Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1901 (O'Conor)
Keywords: courting virtue nightvisit
Found in: US(MW,NE) Canada(Mar,Newf) Ireland


Barney comes to his love Katie's door on a bitter winter night. Katie says that she is alone at home, and if she let him in she would tarnish her virtue. Despite the cold, he goes home proud of her pure name



  1. Laws O21, "Barney and Katie"
  2. Eddy 143, "Barney and Katie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  3. Flanders/Olney, pp. 222-223, "Barney and Katie" (1 text, 1 tune)
  4. Leach-Labrador 26, "Barney Flew Over the Hills to his Darling" (1 text, 1 tune)
  5. Creighton-Maritime, p. 77, "When Barney Flew Over the Hills" (1 text, 1 tune)
  6. O'Conor, pp. 97-98, "Katty Avourneen" (1 text)
  7. DT 480, BARNKATE
  8. Roud #992
  9. BI, LO21