The Quaker’s Wife Jig
This tune is a variant of the well known Slide ‘Merrily Kissed the Quaker’s Wife’ as played by Kevin Crawford on http://www.oaim.ie/advanced-irish-flute-technique/lesson-1-the-quakers-wife
From Bill Ochs’ tin whistle book:
T: Quaker’s wife
S: Bill Ochs
GAB D2B|c2B A3|GAB D2D|E3 G3:|
GAB d2B|e2B d3|GAB d2Bc3 d3|
e2c ABc|d2B G3|GAB D2D|E3G3|]
I don’t think Quaker’s Wife is the correct name. There are similarities between this and Merrily Kissed, but that’s as far as it goes.
The Quaker’s Wife Jig
Scots version, which is named "Merrily Danced the Quaker’s Wife" (or simply "The Quaker’s Wife"), given below from Kerr’s, but found in earlier collections (eg Gow, c1797).
T:Merrily Danced the Quaker’s Wife
S:Kerr’s Merry Melodies Book 1
A | def A2f | g2f e2d | def A2A | B3 d2A |
def A2f | agf e2d | def A2A | B3 d2 :|
A | d2f a2f | b2g a2f | d2f a2g | f3 a2a |
b2g efg | a2f d2A | def A2A | B3 d2 :|
Name of this Tune
I’ve heard this titled as "Jim Droney’s (Jig)". It’s called that on a few different Uilleann piping albums I have.
The Quaker’s Wife, X:2
Jack Campin’s collection
Re: The Quaker’s Wife
Here’s an early version from the Winder manuscripts..
T:11 Merrily Danced The Quaker (E/J)
C: aka Merrily Danced The Quake’s Wife, Wilke’s Rigg (JW) or Wilke’s Riggle
S:James Winder Ms, Lancashire, 1835-41
GAB D2B|c2B A2G|GAB D2D|E3G3:|
[|dcB edc|dcB ABc|dcB efg|B3d3|
dcB efg|fga BAG|Bcd D2D|E3G3|]
The Quaker’s wife sat down to bake, With all her bairns about her.
She made them all a sugar cake, And the miller he wants his mouter (fee for grinding flour).
Sugar and spice and all things nice, And all things very good in it,
And then the Quaker sat down to play, A tune upon the spinet.
Merrily danced the Quaker’s wife, And merrily danced the Quaker (repeat)
It’s a common early jig form. Compare with "the De’ils awa wi’ the exise man"
Earliest known printing, Rutherford’s Choice Collection of 60 Country Dances (London, 1750).
In Robert Bremner’s Collection of Scots Reels, 1757. widely popular across Britain.
Compare with Irish jig "Merrily Kissed the Quaker"
As "Wilke’s Riggle", used for a 1777 electioneering song in the Bodleian Broadsides collection.
John Wilkes,1727-1797 stood as MP for Newcastle.