Straddle The Donkey jig

Also known as The Laird Of Cockpen, When She Cam Ben, When She Came Ben She Bobbit, When She Came Ben She Bobed.

There are 6 recordings of a tune by this name.

Straddle The Donkey has been added to 19 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Straddle The Donkey
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amin
|: GF |EAB cAd | BG^F G2 =F | A^GA agf | ge^d e2 f |
g/a/ba gfe | dec B2 d | e/f/ge dcB | ecA A :|
|: eg |aeg abc' | bag g2 b | a/b/c'b agf | ge^d e2 f |
gba gfe | dec B2 d | ege dcB |[1 ecA A :|[2 ecA A2 |]
X: 2
T: Straddle The Donkey
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: G |EAB cAd | BGG G2 E | ABA agf | gee e2 f |
gba gfe | edB c2 d | ege edB | cAA A2 :|
|: g |aeg a2 c' | bag g2 b | aba agf | gee e2 f |
gba gfe | edB c2 d | ege edB | cAA A2 :|

Seven comments

“Straddle The Donkey” ~ 2 flavours, a minor & A Dorian

I’d love to see any other takes anyone might have on this jig…

Laird of Cockpen

Sounds like the old Scottish jig Laird of Cockpen to me. Added a couple of titles, there are probably more.

Yes, thanks Matt. It was knocking around in my head that it was associated with a country dance, possibly in one of the Wilson collections, or Playford, but I couldn’t quite shake it out. I take it you also have at least one other take on it? I’d love to see it. Is it minor or Dorian?

That makes sense in other ways, having enjoyed the music of Brenda Stubbert, a fine Cape Breton fiddler and a great character. I’ll have to see if I have that recording here to check out her take on it…