The Cream Pot jig

Also known as The Kirn Staff, Miss Grace Hay’s, Miss Grace Hay’s Delight.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Cream Pot has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Cream Pot
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2A B2c|dBd efg|G2A B2c|dBG AFD|
E2C CEG|F2D D2c|BdB cAF|G3G,3:|
K:D
d2e f2g|afd ecA|faf ege|fdf ecA|
B2G GBd|c2A AcA|BdB cec|d3d3:|
K:G
B2g gdB|B2 ggdB|A2A ABc|B2G AFD|
E2C CEG|F2D D2c|BdB cAF|G3G,3:|
2
X: 2
T: The Cream Pot
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G2B B2d|dBd (e/f/g)e|G2B B2d|dBG AFD|
E2(C C)EG|F2(D D)B,G,|(B/c/d)B cAF|G3G,3:|
|:d2f f2g|gdB dBG|(c/d/e)c Aag|fed e^cA|
a(f/g/a) g2e|f2d e^cA|(B/^c/d)F Edc|d3 D3|
c2c cec|B2B BdB|AFA AGc|dBG AFD|
E2(C C)EG|F2(D D)B,G,|(B/c/d)B cAF|G3G,3:|
3
X: 3
T: The Cream Pot
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|G2c B2c|dBd efg|G2c B2c|dBG AFD|
E2C CEG|F2D D2c|(B/c/d)B cAF|1.(G3G2)D:|2.(G3G2)B|
|:d2g f2g|afd e^cA|fga B^cd|efd ^cBA|
afa geg|fdg e^cA|Bgf ed^c|d3 dcB|
~c3 cgc|~B3 BgB|ABA ABc|dBG AFD|
E2C CEG|F2D D2c|(B/c/d)B cAF|1.(G3G2)B:|2.G3G3|

Six comments

The Cream Pot

AKA "The Kirn Staff". On Geckoes "The Red Horse" 1999.
"In the William Vickers collection (c. 1770-1772); published in The Great Northern Songbook vol 1, edited by Matt Seattle."
S’nice.

Oops

Unfortunately Matt Seattle didn’t know at the time (1986) that this was a version of the tune better known as Miss Grace Hay’s Delight, and he did a botched job of editing it. And it was in the Great Northern Tune Book, not Songbook.

I love it ~ and without the anonymity of the confessional… So, Matthew, if I can be formal, when the hell are you going to re-edit and republish "The Great Northern Toonbook"? Whatever its ‘minor’ failings, it was a work that had to take some sweat and passion and a nice place to visit…

Contemporaneous version

Hi Matt, this is from Thompson’s Compleat Collection (c.1770 or thereabouts)

X: 1
T: Cream Pot
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
G2B B2d|dBd (e/f/g)e|G2B B2d|dBG AFD|
E2(C C)EG|F2(D D)B,G,|(B/c/d)B cAF|G3G,3:|
|:d2f f2g|gdB dBG|(c/d/e)c Aag|fed e^cA|
a(f/g/a) g2e|f2d e^cA|(B/^c/d)F Edc|d3 D3|
c2c cec|B2B BdB|AFA AGc|dBG AFD|
E2(C C)EG|F2(D D)B,G,|(B/c/d)B cAF|G3G,3:|

The Cream Pot, X:3

From the playing of Pat Neilly (fiddle, from the Glens of Antrim, later resident in England) in the 1970s.

This is the only setting I’ve ever heard in sessions in Ireland (though I have to admit, in recent years it’s only been myself and Ptarmigan, who has the same setting, playing it….)

Re: The Cream Pot

I’ve just noticed that X:3 is almost identical to setting No.1 of the duplicate posting of the tune under the title Miss Grace Hay’s :https://thesession.org/tunes/11400.

There are enough tiny differences to leave it up, I think.