Molly Put the Kettle On

from Homunculus Mellitus by Ben Paley



I learnt this version from the fretless banjo playing of Andy Cahan on the 1978 recording Ship in the Clouds with Laura Fishleder and Lisa Ornstein. I try to get some of his slinky bounce into my own playing, even if I can’t really imitate a fretless banjo. Later, I learnt another version, from John Hartford, but it was several years before I realised they were, in fact, the same tune. Despite their having the same name. And being, in fact, the same tune.


from Homunculus Mellitus, released August 13, 2019
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