The Cat In The Hopper jig

Also known as The Laird O’ Cockpen, The Laird O’Cockpen, When She Cam’ Ben, She Bobbit.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Cat In The Hopper has been added to 1 tune set.

The Cat In The Hopper has been added to 38 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Cat In The Hopper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:B,EF G2A|~F3D3|E2E e2^c|dBA B2^c|
dfe d^cB|BAF G2A|BdB G2A|BGE {G}E2D:|
|:{d}B2B efg|fd^c d2f|efe ed^c|dBA B2^c|
dfe d^cB|{d}BAF G2A|BdB G2A|BGE ~E3:|
# Added by Mikea .
X: 2
T: The Cat In The Hopper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|: B, | EFE G2 G | FDD D2 F | EFE e2 e | dBB B2 c|
dGB dcB | ABG FGA | BcB B2 A | GEE E2 :|
|:B | e2 e efg | fdd d2 f | eGB efe | dBB B2 c |
dGB dcB | ABG FGA | BcB B2 A | GEE E2 :|
X: 3
T: The Cat In The Hopper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
C |:DGA B2c|AF=E FGA|G3 g2 =e|fdc d2=e|
fag f=ed|dcA B2c|ded d2 c|1 dGF G2 F :|2 dGF G2 a||
|:g3 gab|agf fga|g3 gf=e|fdc d2 =e|
fag f=ed|dcA B2c|ded d2 c|1 dGF G2 f:|2 dGF G2 C||
X: 4
T: The Cat In The Hopper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
C |: DGA B2c|AFE F2A| G2 Gg2e| fdc d2e|
fag fed| dcA B2c| d_ed d2 c|1 dBG G2F :|2 dBG G2g||
|: geg gab|agf f2a|gag gfe| fdc d2e|
fag fed|dcA B2c|d_ed d2 c|1 dBG G2g:|2 dBG G2C||
X: 5
T: The Cat In The Hopper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
D|: GAG B2 {d}c/B/| AFF F2 A | GAG g2 a/g/| fdd d2 =e|
fgf fed | cdB ABc | ded d2 {e}d/c/ |1 BGG G2D :|2 BGG G2d||
|: g3 gab | aff fga | g3 gag | fdd d2 =e |
fgf fed | cdB ABc | d3 d2 c/d/ |1 BGG G2d :|2 BGG G2D||
X: 6
T: The Cat In The Hopper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
C|: DGA B2 c/B/| AFF F3 | g3 g2 a/g/| fdd d2 =e|
fFf eEe | dDd cBc | fgf d2 {e}d/c/ |1 BG^F G2C :|2 BG^F G2G||
|: DGB BAG | FAB cBA | Bdg g^fg | fdd d2c |
dd'd' cc'c' | Bbb Aaa | agf ed B/A/ |1 BG^F G2G :|2 BG^F G2C||
X: 7
T: The Cat In The Hopper
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gdor
C |:DGA B2c|AFF FAF|G3 g2e|fd^c d2e|
fag fed|dcA B2c|d3 d2c| BGF G3 :|
|:g3 gab|afe fga|g3 gfe|fd^c d2e|
f3 fed|dcA B2c|d3 d2c| BGF G3:|

Ten comments

Cat in the hopper

Got this tune from a Mary Custy CD. She plays it quite slow about 110, and I think it works best that way. Maybe she wrote this tune, I dont know and it does not say on the CD.
Good Luck
Mike

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Cat in the Hopper

This is well known in Scotland under the title "The Laird o’ Cockpen" after a nineteenth century song of that name. The air to the song is much older, first appearing in manuscripts in the late 17th century under the title "When She Cam Ben She Bobbit".

A series of variations of the tune are attributed to Turlough O’Carolan (Variations of the Scottish Air ‘When She Cam Ben’").

X: 2 This is a version of the tune that I learnt many years ago: so long ago in fact, that I cannot remember my source!

I know it as "The Laird o’ Cockpen"

The Cat In The Hopper, X:3

A variation from Rodney Miller’s New England Dance Band. I highly recommend checking out their recording, loads of slides played in this version, and played in a nice set with The Coleraine and The Shores of Lough Gowna.

Thinking this setting may go well with The Black Cat too.

The Cat In The Hopper, X:5

A setting of Laird O’Cockpen (The Cat in the Hopper) from the Kohler repository.

The Kohler tunebook have it as a duet for two violins, which sounds quite lovely. There’s some extra parts + improvising, and at the end they play around the original melody.

John Chambers has the whole thing put to abc’s. See:
http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/book/Kohlers/32221_THE_LAIRD_O_COCKPEN/0000

This setting differs from Rodney Miller’s which I had posted previously (https://thesession.org/tunes/1823#32857), and from the New England setting (https://thesession.org/tunes/1823#33332).

The Cat In The Hopper, X:6

Some of Kohler’s improvising mixed into the previous Gminor settings.

The Cat In The Hopper, X:7

Variations put onto the Rodney Miller setting.