The Quaker’s Wife jig

Also known as Droney’s, Jim Droney’s, Merrily Danced The Quaker’s Wife.

There are 8 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Quaker’s Wife has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Quaker's Wife has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Quaker's Wife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D |GAB D2E | GAB AGE | GAB D2E | GAG GED |
GAB D2E | GAB d2e | dBG AGA | BGG G2 :|
|:B | dBB dBB | dBB A2B | dBB dBA | GAB GED |
dBB dBe | dBd g2e | dBG AGA | BGG G2 :|
# Added by EndaS .
X: 2
T: The Quaker's Wife
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|GAB D2B|c2A BGE|GAB D2G|A3- A2E|
GAB D2B|c2A BGE|GAB D2E|G3- G2:|
A|BGG AGG|BGG AGE|GAB DEG|A3- A2A|
BGG AGG|BGG AGE|GAB D2E|G3- G2:|

Seven comments

From Bill Ochs’ tin whistle book:

X: 2
T: Quaker’s wife
S: Bill Ochs
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
GAB D2B|c2B A3|GAB D2D|E3 G3:|
GAB d2B|e2B d3|GAB d2Bc3 d3|
e2c ABc|d2B G3|GAB D2D|E3G3|]

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).

X:1004
T:Merrily Danced the Quaker’s Wife
S:Kerr’s Merry Melodies Book 1
Z:Nigel Gatherer
L:1/8
M:6/8
K:D
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..

X:1
T:11 Merrily Danced The Quaker (E/J)
C: aka Merrily Danced The Quake’s Wife, Wilke’s Rigg (JW) or Wilke’s Riggle
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:James Winder Ms, Lancashire, 1835-41
R:Jig
A:Wyresdale,Lancashire
K:G
GAB D2B|c2B A2G|GAB D2D|E3G3:|
[|dcB edc|dcB ABc|dcB efg|B3d3|
dcB efg|fga BAG|Bcd D2D|E3G3|]

Song..
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.

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