Belle of the Kitchen (1)

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BELLE OF THE KITCHEN [1]. AKA and see "New York Jig (3) (The)," "Paddy's Resource (1)," "Rover (2) (The)." Irish, Jig. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Don Meade remarks the tune was printed by O'Neill as "Paddy's Resource (1)," although it is best known now as the "New York Jig (3) (The)." It may be that the "Belles of the Kitchen" title of this tune was in some way associated with the comic play Belles of the Kitchen, performed in the United States at the Union Square Theatre in 1873 by the Vokes Family, three sisters and one brother, who were popular in pantomimes and burlesques in London during the late 1860's and throughout the 1870's. The Vokes had been a theater family for generations, and the celebrated Vokes siblings had been onstage since toddlerhood. The success of the play spawned a number of "Belles of the Kitchen" titles in 1870's popular music, including a galop, polka, and a schottische.

"Kitty of Coleraine" is a similar, perhaps cognate melody.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 72. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 102.

Recorded sources:

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