Man, some tunes have the most enigmatic names, but you find out it’s nothing like you thought. The Crib of Perches (or The Creel of Perches) immediately makes me think of a baby’s crib full of dripping, desperate fish gasping for breath. But no. One person commenting on thesession.org page for this tune says,
A fish “crib” is a place in a lake, river, or stream where fish may hang out feeding or resting. It may be a patch of aquatic grasses, a tangle of fallen, submerged tree trunks or roots, or submerged rock formations. A crib is where an angler might have a good chance of catching a meal.
Darn. I like my version better. But then, I’m no good at fishing.
Anyway it’s a lovely tune in the key of D mixolydian, and I highly recommend you take a listen to these few versions I found on the YouTube:
The version that started it all (for me!) From a great album by Nathan Gourley and Laura Feddersen called Life is all Checkered (which is another good tune!)–
I have no idea who this fella is, but he’s a good fiddle and box player, so have a listen:
And finally, a lovely, lively version by fiddler John McEvoy and flute player John Wynne.