Audio Recording Jinny Put the Kettle On

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Jinny Put the Kettle On
Contributor Names
Jabbour, Alan (Transcriber)
Jabbour, Alan (Collector)
Jabbour, Karen Singer (Collector)
Reed, Henry, 1884-1968 (Performer)
Created / Published
Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, July 17, 1967
Subject Headings
-  Instrumental music
-  Fiddle tunes
-  Folk music--Appalachian Region
-  Breakdowns
-  Reels
-  Ethnography
-  Music
-  Field recordings
-  United States -- Virginia -- Giles County -- Glen Lyn
Field recordings
-  Key: D
-  Meter: 4/4
-  Compass: 8
-  Performed by Henry Reed, fiddle.
-  Duration: 1 minute, 12 seconds
-  Strains: 3 (high-low-lower octave, 2-2-2)
-  Rendition: 1r-2r-1r-2r-3r-(1)
-  Phrase Structure: AB QR (abac qbqc)
-  Spoken: HENRY REED: Let's see, doggone, I'm trying to think about that "Jinny Put the Kettle On." [Laughs]/ALAN JABBOUR: [Whistles]/HENRY REED: I played that for you./ALAN JABBOUR: I believe you did but you just played a bit of it. You just, you hardly got throug
-  Recording chronology: 154
-  "Jinny (or Jenny) Put the Kettle On" is an old favorite in the British Isles and America. American sets are usually entitled "Molly (or Polly) Put the Kettle On." An eighteenth-century Scottish version appears in Johnson, Scots Musical Museum (1853 edition), vol. 3, 512 (#496), entitled "Jenny's Bawbie." Similar sets are Davie's Caledonian Repository, p. 83; Stewart-Robertson, Athole Collection, p. 88; One Thousand Fiddle Tunes, p. 19 "Jenny's Baby-Reel." American sets include Gentleman's Amusement . . . for the Clarionet (ca. 1825), No. 3, p. 5 "Polly put the kettle on"; Ford, Traditional Music of America, p. 85 "Polly, Put the Kettle On"; O'Neill's Music of Ireland #1363 "Molly Put the Kettle On."Henry Reed's first performance of this tune (AFS 13703b22) was conflated with "Old Molly Hare," which he had just played previously, and was cut off abruptly; this, his second performance of it, is fuller and more representative, and in it he makes a third strain by reproducing the high strain an octave lower. George Will White, whom he described as playing this piece "half the night," was an African-American fiddler whom he knew in his younger days in Monroe County, West Virginia. According to Henry Reed, the only other piece Mr. White played was "Sally Ann."
Audio tape
Call Number/Physical Location
AFC 1969/008: AFS 13705B02
Source Collection
Alan Jabbour duplication project, part 2
American Folklife Center
Digital Id
Online Format

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Jabbour, Alan, Alan Jabbour, Karen Singer Jabbour, and Henry Reed. Jinny Put the Kettle On. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio.

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Jabbour, A., Jabbour, A., Jabbour, K. S. & Reed, H. (1967) Jinny Put the Kettle On. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia. [Audio] Retrieved from the Library of Congress,

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Jabbour, Alan, et al. Jinny Put the Kettle On. Reed family home, Glen Lyn, Giles County, Virginia, 1967. Audio. Retrieved from the Library of Congress, <>.