Old Wife Behind The Fire march

Also known as The Auld Wife Ayont The Fire, The Old Wife Around The Fire.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Old Wife Behind The Fire has been added to 6 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: Old Wife Behind The Fire
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
M:2/4
c|B2 GB|AF cA|B2 GB|AG gd|
B GB|AF cA|B/c/d AB|G2 G:|
|:c|Bd2 d/e/|fF cA|Bd2 e/^f/|gd gd|
Bd2 d/e/|=fF cA |B/c/ d AB|G2 G:|
2
X: 2
T: Old Wife Behind The Fire
R: march
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
B2 A>G (3EEE c2|B2 A>G G>B g>d|B2 A>G (3EEE c2|d>B A<B G2 G>c:|
|:B<d d>B c>d c>A|B<d d>B (3def g>d|B<d d>B c>d c>A|d>B A<B G2 G>c:|

Six comments

Old Wife Behind The Fire, X:2

This is roughly how Jerry Holland plays the tune, as a strathspey, on Helping Hands. He sometimes plays the E triplet as E/E/E. Also to get back into the A part the first time through he plays G/A/B/c/ as opposed to G>c.

I agree, it is a very infectious tune.

Re: Old Wife Behind The Fire

Here’s a link to Jerry Holland playing the tune as a strathspey from "A Session with", followed by a cracking wee Robert Mackintosh reel:
https://fiddlesticksmusic.bandcamp.com/track/the-auld-wife-around-the-fire-miss-katie-trotter-the-dismissal

According to the TTA, the tune first appeared in print in c. 1726 in "A Choice Selection of Country Dances as Printed and Sold by John and William Neal", that version (with note values halved) being the one posted by gian marco. It also appears in David Young’s Drummond Castle Manuscript (1734), Oswald Book V (1760), Vickers (1770) and Gow’s 1st and 2nd Repositories (1799 & 1802) amongst others.

"A grand and very old tune indeed."

Re: Old Wife Behind The Fire

What’s the TTA, DonaldK?