Molly Put The Kettle On reel

Also known as Jenny’s Bawbee, Molly’s Highland Fling, Polly Put The Kettle On, Polly, Put The Kettle On.

There are 14 recordings of a tune by this name.

Molly Put The Kettle On has been added to 59 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Molly Put The Kettle On
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amin
cded cAAc|Bcdc BG G2|ceed cBAG|EDE^G A2 A2|
cded cAAc|Bcdc BG G2|cBcA B2 AG|EDE^G A2 A2||
cde^f g2 fg|aged cA A2|cde^f g2 fg|age^g a2 a2|
cde^f g2 fg|aged cA A2|cded cAAG|EDE^G A2 A2||
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X: 2
T: Molly Put The Kettle On
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
c>de>d c>A (3AAA | B>Gd>c B>G (3GGG | c>de>d c>AE>A | B>G (3EF^G A2 :|
|: (3Bcd e>f g>ed>g | a>ge*d c>A (3AAA |1 c>de>f g2 e*^g | a>ge*d c2 :|
2 B>dg*d c>A (3AAA | B>GE*^G A2 ||
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X: 3
T: Molly Put The Kettle On
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:egdc BG G2|ADAG FD D2|egdc BG G2|ADAG FG G2|
egdc BG G2|ADAG FD D2|egdc BG G2|AD D2 FG G2||
|:BGcA BG G2|ADAG FD D2|BGcA BG G2|ADAG FG G2|
BGcA BG G2| AD D2 ADBD|BGcA BG G2|AD D2 FG G2||
|:egdc BG G2|ADBD cDBD|(3efg dc BG G2|AD D2 FG G2|
egdc BcAB|ADBD cDBD|egdc BD D2|AD D2 FG G2||
|:BDcD BD D2|ADAG FD D2|BDcD BD D2|AD D2 FG G2|
BGcA BG G2|ADAG FD D2|BGcA BG G2|AD D2 FG G2||
|:egdc BG G2|BGcA Bdeg|egdc BG G2|AGBG FG G2|
egdc Bdeg|fgag fd d2|egdc BG G2|ADAG FG G2||
|BGcA Bdeg|fgaf gb b2|abga faeg|ad d2 fg g2|
BGcA Bdeg|a3g fd d2|egdc BG G2|ADAG FG G2||
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Also from O’Neill’s "Dance Music of Ireland"

This is often played as a Highland, or a Scottish. Dot the down beat, and cut the up beat in half throughout, like a hornpipe, but with harder syncopation.

This is also played in American old-time circles. I have heard it most often played in G major.

Bluegrass enthusiasts here in Kansas have been playing this tune in D (major). A group called "The Wilders" recorded a version recently, they play it up-tempo syncopated and then drift into straight meter, returning to the syncopation for the final go ‘round.

“Molly Put the Kettle On” ~ highland fling

K: A Dorian
|: AB |
c>de>d c>A (3AAA | B>Gd>c B>G (3GGG | c>de>d c>AE>A | B>G (3EF^G A2 :|
|: A2 |
|: (3Bcd e>f g>ed>g | a>ge*d c>A (3AAA |1 c>de>f g2 e*^g | a>ge*d c2 :|
2 B>dg*d c>A (3AAA | B>GE*^G A2 ||

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David Power notes: ,the words ‘Polly put the Kettle on’ reflect the notes of the first three phrases of the tune, the 4th going; ‘we’ll have a cup of tea’,>
A well known English nursery rhyme in a barely more elaborate guise.

that is: the first three bars and the last one.

This tune can be played in the mixolydian mode, though it’s not quite the same tune then.

Polly Put The Kettle On

My version with some variations of the old children’s song Polly Put The Kettle. This is a good piping version as lots of crans.

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