Where’s The Wife? hornpipe

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Where’s The Wife? has been added to 7 tune sets.

Where's The Wife? has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Where's The Wife?
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:ceec e2ce|faag a2af|e2ef ecAB|cBBA B2AB|
ceec e2ce|faag a2af|e2ef ecAB|ceBc AEAB:|
X: 2
T: Where's The Wife?
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GE|D3 E D2 ^CD|EGGE G2 GA|BddB dBAB|E2 EF E2 GF|
D3 E D2 ^CD|EGGE G2 GA|BddB dBAB|G2 GF G2:|
|:GA|BddB d2Bd|eggf g2ge|d2de dBGA|BAAG A2GA|
BddB d2Bd|egge g2ge|d2 de dBGA|B2A2 G2:|

Eight comments

Are you sure you didn’t compose it and just forgot?

Abc revised

Corrected the g# in the second-to-last bar to f#, and the low C in the last bar into c.

I know I didn’t compose this, but cant say for sure that someone else didn’t. This has been played at Tampere sessions at least for the last ten years, and goes by the name of “Hornpipe 2” (Mickey Callaghan’s being the number 1 in the set)

Where’s the Wife

I believe this is the name of this tune, it is not actually a hornpipe, as I heard an old recording of Simey Doherty, (another great Donegal fiddle player) the brother of Johnny Doherty. He played it as a ‘Highland’ (as some would call a ‘Fling’), in the Key of A, I think. The recording itself was done by RTE radio, & Broadcasted sometime in the 1970’s. It should be some where still in their archives.

Re: Where’s The Wife?

Can anyone post this with chords as well please? Thank you.

Re: Where’s The Wife?

I’d do something like

|: A A/C# | D A | A F#m | Bm7 E7 |
| A A/C# | D A | A Bm | E7 A :|
|: A A/C# | D D/F# | A F#m | Bm7 E7 |
| A A7/G | D/F# F | A D | E7 A :|

Where’s The Wife?, X:2

This is the version played at our session after Mickey Callaghans Fancy.Our first part is different to X1 but 2nd part is very similar. Not sure if this is in G or D with the C# in first part?? Comments welcome!!!