Boil The Kettle Early reel

Also known as Boil The Kettle Early Highland Fling.

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

Boil The Kettle Early has been added to 2 tune sets.

Boil The Kettle Early has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Boil The Kettle Early
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
~c3A BAFA|c2cA BAFA|~c3A ~B2af|ecBd cAAB:|
ce~e2 faaf|ABcA BAFA|ce~e2 fece|fa~a2 bafe|
ce~e2 ~a3f|ABcA BAFA|~c3A ~B2af|ecBd cAAB||
X: 2
T: Boil The Kettle Early
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 B>G (3AAA (3AGE | D>GB<G A>GE<G | A>BB>G A2 (3gfe | d>B (3ABc B<G :|
B<d d2 e<d d2 | G>A (3BAG A>GE<G |1 Bd (3ddd ed (3Bcd | eg g2 aged :|
2 AB (3BBB Ag (3ggg | (3dcB A>c d<G ||
X: 3
T: Boil The Kettle Early
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B2 B>G (3AAA (3AGE | D>GB<G A>GE<G | A>BB>G A2 (3gfe | d>B (3ABc B<G :|
B<d d2 e<d d2 | G>A (3BAG A>GE<G |1 Bd (3ddd ed (3Bcd | eg g2 aged :|
2 AB (3BBB Ag (3ggg | (3dcB A>c d<G ||
X: 4
T: Boil The Kettle Early
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
2 A>dB>d A>g (3gfe | d>B (3AAA G2 ||
X: 5
T: Boil The Kettle Early
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
c3A B2 AF|EAcA BAFA|BccA BAFA|ecBd cAAB|
c3A B2 AF|EAcA BAFA|c3A B2af|ecBd cAAB||
ce e2 feec|ABcA BAFA|ce e2 fece|fa a2 bafe|
ce e2 a3f|ABcA BAFA|c3A B2af|ecBd cAAB||
# Added by JACKB .

Eight comments

I’m never sure whether to repeat the 2nd part of this tune or play it just as a single reel. Does anyone know for sure? I have also seen another version of this with a different 2nd part on JC’s tune index. Any more info on this tune welcome.

By the way, I notice that this appears on Will Harmon’s list of "common session tunes" from a discussion thread a while back. Will, if you’re there, is this the tune/version you meant? I’ve tried playing this at a few sessions in different places and nobody knows it…

Yep, this is the tune I meant, and in a very similar setting to the way I know it.

I consider this a single reel because each part (half) is just eight bars, played once before moving on. Of course the A part is really just 4 bars repeated, so it looks like AAB. Does that make sense?

This tune may be more popular in the States, where it has been adopted into the Old-Timey repertoire, at least in some circles.

Posted .

I’ve edited the ABC so that the 2nd part is played once. A similar version on JC’s does repeat the 2nd part, I believe Will though.

“Boil the Kettle Early” ~ highland fling

R: highland fling
K: G Major
|: G>A |
B2 B>G (3AAA (3AGE | D>GB<G A>GE<G | A>BB>G A2 (3gfe | d>B (3ABc B<G :|
B<d d2 e<d d2 | G>A (3BAG A>GE<G |1 Bd (3ddd ed (3Bcd | eg g2 aged :|
2 AB (3BBB Ag (3ggg | (3dcB A>c d<G ||

Single Reels & Highland Flings

Whenever I come across a two part single reel, 16 bars, with a clear second ending for the B-part, I have to check out its highland fling possibilities, and this one is a joy. This follows the ‘classic’ way of repeating the last two measures of the A-part as its second ending. Other classic ways include a run of triplets, an arpeggio, or something altogether different but representing or reflecting elements in the melody, sometimes in harmony.

There’s also that want to try it in other keys, since within the realm of a ‘step’ there’s always the possibility of influences that raise pitch ~ old tunings or recording practices, speeding up the recording, etc. Thes influences aside, some tunes do well moved up or down from their usual bedding in. I also like to offer alternatives to certain tendencies toward dogma. This lovely melody works well, I think, slanted this way too, in this case dropped down a step. So, rather than repeat it in ‘A’, where it also lies nicely, I have given its highland fling ghost in another key… ‘G’…

Oops! ~ forgot that second lead in ~ |: G2 |

R: highland fling
K: G Major
|: G>A |
B2 B>G (3AAA (3AGE | D>GB<G A>GE<G | A>BB>G A2 (3gfe | d>B (3ABc B<G :|
|: G2 |
B<d d2 e<d d2 | G>A (3BAG A>GE<G |1 Bd (3ddd ed (3Bcd | eg g2 aged :|
2 AB (3BBB Ag (3ggg | (3dcB A>c d<G ||

I seem to have cut it out when doing the cut and paste, sorry…

GRRRR! ~ it must be distractions, "Masterchef" is on the tele ~ so, I missed some of this ‘>’ and some of this’<’ ~ but you can put them where you like… ;-) However, here’s some more fun with this tune, as sometimes I jump up an octave, and hopefully this time I haven’t forgotten anything. It is still in ‘G’, but there’s nothing stopping anyone from doing this in ‘A’, is there? ~

R: highland fling
K: G Major
|: (3EFG |
B>c (3BAG A2 G>E | D>G (3BAG A>G (3EFG |
A>dB>G (3ABA g>e | d>BA>c B>G :|
|: G>d |
(3Bcd g>d e<dg>d | g>a (3bag a>ge<c |
1 B>d (3ddd e>d (3ddd | e>gg>b a>ge<d :|
2 A>dB>d A>g (3gfe | d>B (3AAA G2 ||