Pet in the Kitchen (The)

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PET IN THE KITCHEN, THE (An Peata sa Chistineach). AKA and see “"Boss" (The),” “Old Horned Sheep (The).” Irish, Double Jig. Ireland, County Donegal. The title comes from County Donegal fiddler John Doherty, who named it for a particularly fine fiddle that was hung on a kitchen wall of a home in Fintown that he used to visit. Caoimhin Mac Aoidh explains Doherty had no fiddle of his own at this time, and depended on playing fiddles he found in others’ homes. “The fiddle rang when tunes were played in A or concentrated on the open E and A strings. This tune does this and John loved to play this fiddle and this specific tune on it thus he gave it the name The Pet in the Kitchen referring to the fiddle.” It has become a popular jig in County Donegal. The first strain of the tune is shared with “Humors of Donnybrook (1).” The second strain of the jig is the same as that of “Sweet Biddy Daly” and similar the second strain of “Saddle the Pony/Health to the Ladies (A)” tune family. Some see similarities in the first strain of "Pet in the Kitchen" with Highland piper G.S. McLennan’s “Jig of Slurs.”

Source for notated version:

Printed sources:

Recorded sources: Green Linnett BLCD 3090, Mairead Ni Nhaonaigh and Frankie Kennedy - "Ceol Aduaidh" (1983/1994).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's Irishtune.info [1]




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