Watkin’s Ale three-two

Also known as Watkins Ale.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Watkin’s Ale has been added to 1 tune set.

Watkin's Ale has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Watkin's Ale
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
f4 e2 f4c2|d4c2 d4A2|B4A2 B4F2|A4G2 F6:|
|:F2A2F2A3Bc2|G2B2G2B3cd2|B2d2B2d3ef2|g4 f2e2c4:|
|:c2f4 e6|A2d4 c6|F2B4 A3G F2|F2 E4 F6:|
2
X: 2
T: Watkin's Ale
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
M:6/4
|:f4 e2 f4 c2|d4 c2 d4 A2|B4 A2 B4 F2|A4 G2 F6:|
|:F2A2F2 A3Bc2|G2B2G2 B3cd2|B2d2B2 d3ef2|g4 f2 e2c2c2:|
|:c2f2f2 e6|A2d2d2 c6|F2B2B2 A3GF2|F2E2E2 F6:|
3
X: 3
T: Watkin's Ale
R: three-two
M: 3/2
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
M:6/4
L: 1/4
|:f2 e f2 c|d2 c d2 A|B2 A B2 F|A2 G F3:|
|:FAF A>Bc|GBG B>cd|BdB d>ef|g2 f e c2:|
|:cff e3|Add c3|FBB A>GF|FEE F3:|

Five comments

Watkin’s Ale

Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Times), vol. 1, 1859; pg. 265.

I submitted this without suggestions for ornamentation as a three-two, but it can easily be played as a slip-jig, even a reel. I have on a tape as an English fifing tune, coupled with Before I was Married.

Fiddler’s companion says:
English, Country Dance Tune (6/4 time). F Major. Standard. AABBCC. The air appears in the Fitzwilliam Virginal Book and Dorothy Welde’s Lute Book. Chappell finds a very few references to the tune in literature dating to 1592, and mentions two old ballads, one called “A Ditty delightful of Mother Watkin’s Ale” and another entitled “As Watkin walked by the way.” Neither ballad was “suitable for publication” he says, meaning that they were too bawdy or risqué for his Victorian-era publication. Reginald Nettle, in his book Sing a Song of England (1954), says, “The Watkins celebrated in this tune was ‘Mother Watkins’, which will serve as a reminder that the brewing of ale was once a domestic duty.” Nettle finds Thomas Weelkes set to the tune the following words in his Ayeres of Phantasticke Spirites (1608), referring to Will Kemp, the famous Shakespearean actor, dancer and performer:
***
He did labour after the tabor,
For to dance then into France

"Watkin’s Ale" ~ everything lifted, including the ABCs

To give full credit, the ABCs contributed here were also lifted from the same source as the above note, Andrew Kuntz’s excellent resource, "The Fiddler’s Companion" ~

http://www.ibiblio.org/fiddlers/WAT_WAZ.htm

You can assign the same key signature as there, that is 6/4 ~

X:1
T:Watkin’s Ale
M:6/4
L:1/8
S:Chappell – Popular Music of the Olden Times (1859)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion

Without changing notes, I prefer L: 1/4, which I think is less busy in the ABCs and consequently easier to read, as well as showing up the rhythmic structure a bit better than L: 1/8:

M: 6/4
L: 1/4
R: three-two
S:Chappell – Popular Music of the Olden Times (1859)
Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K: F Major
|: f2 e f2 c | d2 c d2 A | B2 A B2 F | A2 G F3 :|
|: FAF A>Bc | GBG B>cd | BdB d>ef | g2 f ec2 :|
|: cf2 e3 | Ad2 c3 | FB2 A>GF | F E2 F3 :|

K: F Major
|: f2 e f2 c | d2 c d2 A | B2 A B2 F | A2 G F3 :|
|: FAF A>Bc | GBG B>cd | BdB d>ef | g2 f e c2 :|
|: c f2 e3 | A d2 c3 | F B2 A>GF | F E2 F3 :|

Lifted?

What was lifted? I thought I clearly credited the source of the tune and its background? I declined to add any embellishments as I play them in the tune from that transcription, I guess this confused you?

"Fiddler’s companion says:" ~ yes, my comment was just an additional nod to the source, for the note ~ & ~ the ABCs ~ not a criticism… Dear Andrew rarely credits his sources for his notations…

"I have on a tape as an English fifing tune" ~ now that’s a transcription I would have liked to have seen… 😉