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.
This reminds me of The Chicago Reel: https://thesession.org/tunes/840
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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“Polly Put the Kettle On” ~ highland fling
Key signature: D Major / G Major
Submitted on February 16th 2008 by ceolachan.
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.
Molly Put The Kettle On, X:5
This nice old tune came to my mind today, so I thought I would check the versions here.
None of them seemed quite the way I had always played it. I don’t remember who’s version I learned.
Maybe it was Martin Connolly? Anyway this version is a straightforward reel with lots of triplets to drive it along.
It was one of the first reels I learned on B/C accordion. I have switched to C#/D now, so I prefer this reel on concertina.
The (3cec triplet —which is what concertina players use— can be replaced with whatever short roll or cran you can make on a c-natural.
Molly Put The Kettle On, X:6
From the playing of Calum Stewart