The Scolding Wife reel

Also known as The Disposable Wife, The Scowling Wife, The Scullion Wife, The Scullion’s Wife.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Boys Of The Puddle (a few times).

The Scolding Wife has been added to 1 tune set.

The Scolding Wife has been added to 44 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Scolding Wife
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D2AD FAdF|A2FA dBAF|D2AD FAdA|BdAF GBAF|
D2AD FAdF|A2FA dBAF|D2AD FAdA|BdAF GBeg||
fddc dfaf|gbaf gfeg|fddc defd|ecAF G2eg|
fddc dfaf|gbaf gfeg|fddc defd|ecAF GBAF||
X: 2
T: The Scolding Wife
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
f|dGBG B/c/d f2|cFAF A/B/c =e2|dGBG B/c/d g2|dg ^f/g/a ~g2g:|
a|bgdg dgbg|fdcf AFcA|bgdg dgbg|dg ^f/g/a g2 ga|bgdb caBg|
Afcf AFcA|dGBG B/c/d g2|dg ^f/g/a ~g2g||
X: 3
T: The Scolding Wife
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A3F|D2AD FDAG|F2AF dBAF|DEFD ADFA|B/c/dAF GBAF|
D2AD FDAG|F2AF dBAF|DEFD ADFA|B/c/dAF ~G3e|
|f2dc dfaf|~g3f gbag|f~d3 defd|ecAF ~G3e|
f2dc dfaf|~g3f gbag|f/g/aec dfec|dcAF GBAF|]
X: 4
T: The Scolding Wife
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:D2AG FAAG|F2AF dFAF|D2AG FGAd|1 BdAF GBAF:|2 BdAF GBeg||
fddc dfaf|gfef geag|fddc defg|ecAF GBeg|
fddc dfaf|gfef geag|fdec defd|dcAF GBAF||

Twelve comments

Any ideas about this? Hope it isn’t here already - looked a fair bit for it.

From a session tape given to me of loads of unidentified players.

How come when I edited the error in the ABC the sheetmusic version stays the same? Or is it a reload problem?

This is The Scolding Wife. It’s played a lot in Donegal (and Skerries) and this version is closer to what you would hear in Donegal than earlier versions in the database. I’ll try to post another version later.

Jim

Is this known as the Scolding Wife in Donegal? I just looked it up here and in O’Neill’s - I play the other tune as well and never would have put them together as being related. Interesting…

There’s a memory of a recording of this other version floating round my head - if I find it I’ll post it somewhere…

Recorded on John McCusker’s Yella Hoose.

Scolding Wives of Abertarff, The

This is a tune by a similar name played by Alasdair Fraser on Skyedance with Paul Machlis

X: 1
T:Scolding Wives of Abertarff, The
R:Reel
B:The Athole Collection
M:C|
L:1/8
F:http://flutesong.naturalscotland.co.uk/music/abc/tunes/athol-nz.abc 2007-02-27 13:38:12 UT
K:G Minor
f|dGBG B/c/d f2|cFAF A/B/c =e2|dGBG B/c/d g2|dg ^f/g/a ~g2g:|
a|bgdg dgbg|fdcf AFcA|bgdg dgbg|dg ^f/g/a g2 ga|bgdb caBg|
Afcf AFcA|dGBG B/c/d g2|dg ^f/g/a ~g2g||

Also played on Altan’s "Runaway Sunday", with the parts reversed

Emer Mayock’s Version

X: 1
T: The Scullion Wife
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
N: Version from Emer Mayock’s "Merry Bits of Timber"
A3F|D2AD FDAG|F2AF dBAF|DEFD ADFA|B/c/dAF GBAF|
D2AD FDAG|F2AF dBAF|DEFD ADFA|B/c/dAF ~G3e|
|f2dc dfaf|~g3f gbag|f~d3 defd|ecAF ~G3e|
f2dc dfaf|~g3f gbag|f/g/aec dfec|dcAF GBAF|]

Thanks Slainte! I was just about to transcribe that version, very nice indeed:)

Re: The Scolding Wife

Great tune indeed. I got it from James Kelly, and am posting my own transcription of his playing here. His version is very close to that of Francie & Mickey Byrne which you can hear here:

https://ceolalainn.breqwas.net/download/Francie%20%26%20Mickey%20Byrne/Ceol%20na%20dT%C3%A9ad/10%20The%20Scolding%20Wife%20%5BReel%5D.mp3

X:1
T: O’Beirnes
T: The Scolding Wife
R:Reel
S:James Kelly (Francie & Mickey Byrne)
L:1/8
K:D
|D2AD (3FED AG | F2AF dFAF | D2AD (3FED FA | BdAF GBAF |
|D2AD (3FED AG | F2AF dFAF | D2AD (3FED FA | BdAF GBeg |
| f ~d3 dfaf | g2{a}gf gbag | f ~d3 defd | ecAF GBeg |
| f ~d3 dfaf | g2{a}gf gbag | f ~d3 defd | | ceAF GBAF |