Whiskey Before Breakfast reel

Also known as The Scottsman, Spirits In The Morning, Whiskey ‘Fore Breakfast, Whiskey For Breakfast, Whisky Before Breakfast.

There are 20 recordings of a tune by this name.

Whiskey Before Breakfast has been added to 28 tune sets.

Whiskey Before Breakfast has been added to 841 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| A,DFG A2 A2 | ABAG FEDF | G2 BG F2 AF | EDEF EDCB, |
| A,DFG A2 A2 | ABAG FEDF | G2 BG F2 AF | EDEF D4 :|
|: A d2 A d2 d2 | cded cB A2 | B e2 B e2 ef | gfed cABc |
| d2 fd c2 ec | BABc BAFA | G2 BG F2 AF | EDEF D4 :|
X: 2
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D2 G2 GA B2|c2 d2 dc BA|G2 c2 cc B2|1 BB AB AG _GE :|2 BB AG _G2 =G2||
|:g2 gg g2 gg|gf e2 d3 z| a2 aa a3a |b c'b a2 g2 z|g2 bg f2 af|e2 ge d2
X: 3
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A,B,DE D2FG|AFBF A2EF|G2BG F2AF|1 EDEF EDB,A,:|2 EDEF D4|
|:F2d2 d2Bc|dcdA BAFA|e4 e2ef|gfed cABc|
d2fd c2ec|BABd BAFD|G2BG F2AF|EDEF D2z2:||
X: 4
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DEFG AFDF|ABAG FEDF|GABG FGAF|EDEF GFEG|
DEFG AFDF|ABAG FEDF|GABG FGAF|1 EDEF D2 FE:|2 EDEF D3 A||
FABc d2 dc|defg afdf|edef gfef|gfed cABc|
defd cdec|BABc dAFA|GABG FGAF|1 EDEF D3 A :|2 EDEF D2 FE||
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X: 5
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
FDFG A2 A2 | ABAG FEDF | G2 BG F2AF | EDEF GFEF |
EDFG A2 A2 | ABAG FEDF | G2 BG F2 AF | EDEF D4 :|
X: 6
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| "D" A,DFG A2 A2 | ABAG FEDF | "G" G2 BG "D"F2 AF | "Em" EDEF "A" EDCB, |
| "D"A,DFG A2 A2 | ABAG FEDF | "G" G2 BG "D" F2 AF | "A" EDEF "D" D4 :|
|: "D" A d2 A d2 d2 | cded cB A2 | "Em" B e2 B e2 ef | "A" gfed cABc |
| "D" d2 fd "A" c2 ec | "G" BABc "D" BAFA | "G" G2 BG "D" F2 AF | "A" EDEF "D" D4 :|
X: 7
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
"D"DEFG A2 D2 | ABAG FDEF | "G"G2 BG "D"F2 AF | "A"EDEF E2 E2|
"D"DEFG A2 D2 | ABAG FDEF | "G"G2 BG "D"F2 AF |1 "A"EDEF "D"D2 z2 :|2 "A"EDEF "D"D2 AB ||
"D"d2 dd dBAB | dBAF ED Ad | "Em"e2 ee e2 ef | gfed "A"cABc |
"D"dfed "A"cedc | "G"BcdB "D"AFED | "G"GBAG "D"FAGF |1 "A"EDEF "D"D2 AB :|2 "A"EDEF "D"D2 z2 |]
X: 8
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| "D"DEFG A2 D2 | ABAG FDEF | "G"GBAG "D"FAGF | "A"EFED E2 E2 |
"D"DEFG A2 D2 | ABAG FDEF | "G"GBAG "D"FAGF |1 "A"EDEE "D"D2 z2 :|2 "A"EDEE "D"D2 AB |]
| "D"d2 dd dBAB | dBAF ED Ad | "Em"e2 ee e2 z f | gfed "A"cABc |
| "D"dfed "A"cedc | "G"BcdB "D"AFED | "G"GBAG "D"FAGF |1 "A"EDEE "D"D2 AB :|2 "A"EDEE "D"D2 z2 |]
X: 9
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: D2 F2 A4| ABAG FDEF | G2BG F2AF | EDEF EDB,C|
D2 F2 A4| ABAG FDEF | G2BG F2AF | EDEF D4:|
|: DFAB d2 AB | dBAF E4 | e2 e2 e3 f | gfed cABc |
d2fd c2ec | BABc BAFD | G2BG F2AF | EDEF D4:|

Eighteen comments

Whiskey before breakfast

This tune has become a real staple of the Canadian prairie repertoire and is a core tune in the Metis fiddle culture of the northwest. It was made popular in Canada in the 1950s and 60s via the recordings of Andy DeJarlis, a Metis fiddler who enjoyed a recording an broadcasting carreer in Canada.
I think this tune shares a lot of genetic material with "Speed The Plow" and "Roxburgh Castle". I wonder which came first. Yeah, I know…who cares?
Ian

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Yet another version of Whiskey…..

Hi Folks!

Here is a nice variation on the piece. Jeremy said he could not list it and suggested I post it as a comment:

|: D2 G2 GA B2|c2 d2 dc BA|G2 c2 cc B2|1 BB AB AG _GE :|2 BB AG _G2 =G2
|:g2 gg g2 gg|gf e2 d3 z| a2 aa a3a |b c’b a2 g2 z|g2 bg f2 af|e2 ge d2
z2|c2 ec B2
dB|AG _G2 =G2 :|

Enjoy,

Doc Lawlor

Yet another variation,

A,B,DE D2FG|AFBF A2EF|G2BG F2AF|1 EDEF EDB,A,:|2 EDEF D4|
|:F2d2 d2Bc|dcdA BAFA|e4 e2ef|gfed cABc|
d2fd c2ec|BABd BAFD|G2BG F2AF|EDEF D2z2:||

also enjoy!

trevor

Whiskey Before Breakfast

Here’a varaition for the first two bars of the second part.
A2 B2 d2 cd|efed cBAc|. David Meredith

Set

Deby Benton Grosjean plays this in a set with North Carolina Breakdown

How to play this on a D pennywhistle?

I’m flumoxed regarding playing this tune on a standard D whistle - AFAIK, such whistles only go down to low D, and this tune *starts* on low A! I know it’s possible, as I’ve heard whistle players do this tune many a time - but I can’t get the hearing of it to come out right… Suggestions appreciated…

Whiskey Before Breakfast, whisle friendly

Jesse, that low A, start isn’t "required." Most people start on D. Try this on for size:

X: 1
T: Whiskey Before Breakfast
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: D
DEFG AFDF|ABAG FEDF|GABG FGAF|EDEF GFEG|
DEFG AFDF|ABAG FEDF|GABG FGAF|1 EDEF D2 FE:|2 EDEF D3 A||
FABc d2 dc|defg afdf|edef gfef|gfed cABc|
defd cdec|BABc dAFA|GABG FGAF|1 EDEF D3 A :|2 EDEF D2 FE||

And mind that there are lots of opportunities for rolls or crans in here.

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Or play it in D on a low A whistle.

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Another name

I learned that if you play this tune in church you call it "Spirits in the Morning" :)

here’s a flute or pipe friendly variation on the 1st part:
(the changes happen to harmonise as well)
FDFG A2 A2 | ABAG FEDF | G2 BG F2AF | EDEF GFEF |
EDFG A2 A2 | ABAG FEDF | G2 BG F2 AF | EDEF D4 :|


This tune has almost a stately gait, c’est assez posé, mesuré… more Classical or litterary, in other words, than the more flowing, off beat Irish style.

..more polite; for strutting or marching (as a figure of dance) rather than tapping about..

Reg Bouvette

Does anyone know which version Reg Bouvette plays on Youtube?

Whiskey Before Breakfast, X:9

This seems to be the version most popular here in Sweden. I think it was taught on some folk music in the early 1980s and just spread.

Re: Whiskey Before Breakfast

After having several people try to convince me that this os an Irish tune, I did my research a couple years ago and found out that it is a Metis tune. Andy De Jarlis was the first person to publish it and it is unclear whether he actually wrote it, but that is a possibility. It does seem to have achieved some notoriety in Irish American circles.

Re: Whiskey Before Breakfast

Definitely not Scottish with that spelling!