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.
Go here for an older version in the original key of Gmin https://thesession.org/tunes/3711
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’").
“Straddle the Donkey”
Submitted on February 26th 2008 by ceolachan.
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:
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).
Re: The Cat In The Hopper
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.