X:1 % T:Kettle Bender M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance Tune B:John Walsh – Caledonian Country Dances vol. II (1737, No. 316, p. 56) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D a|f>e dd|ceeg|f>e dd|dd f/g/a|aa/a/ bb|gg a2| ff/f/ gg|ee fg/a/|dd cc|BBAG|Faag|f/d/g/e/ d/c/d:| |:aa b/g/d/B/|Gb a/f/d/A/|Fa g/e/B/G/|Eg f/g/a| dd cc|BB AG|Faag|f/d/g/e/ d/c/d:|]
KETTLE BENDER. English, Country Dance Tune (2/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The melody was also used as the vehicle for a song (Air XII) in the ballad opera Midas (1764). The composer Marella fashioned a concerto out of "Kettle Bender" with variations, around 1751. A 'kettle bender' could refer to various things. A 'kettle bender' was often the resort of the poor who sometimes had little to eat for breakfast, a bread sop that consisted of "a cup of crusts with hot wataer, pepper and salt, and a knob of margarine." There was also a racehorse called Kettle Bender in the mid-18th century, and a merchant ship called Kettle Bender was lost at sea in 1786.