Willy Wink’s polka

Also known as Willie Wink’s, Willie Winkie, Willy Wink’s Testament, Willy Winkie, Willy Winky.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Willy Wink's has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: Willy Wink's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
e|:dG BA/B/|dG Ge|dG BA|GE Ee|
dG BA/B/|dG GB|Ac BA|GE E2:|
|:G2 AG/A/|BE EF|GB AG|FD DF|
G2 AG/A/|Bg gc|BG AG/A/|BE E2:|
2
X: 2
T: Willy Wink's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:e|dG BA/B/|dG Ge|dG BA|GE Ee|
dG BA/B/|dG GB|Ac BA|GE E:|
|:F|G2 AG/A/|BE EF|GB AG|FD DF|
G2 AG/A/|Bg gc|BG AG/F/|GE E:|
|:f|g2 ag/a/|be ef|gb ag|fd dg|
bg af|ge dB|G2 AG/A/|BE E:|
3
X: 3
T: Willy Wink's
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
e|dg BA/G/|AE- Ee|dG B/c/d/B/|dG- GB|AA c/B/A/G/|
AE- Ee|dG B/c/d/B/|dG g>d|e/f/g/e/ d/e/d/B/|AE Eg/e/|
dG B/c/d/B/|gG Ge/f/|g/f/e/d/ e/d/c/B/|AE Ee/f/|g/f/e/d/ Bg|
Gg d/B/A/G/|A/B/c/d/ e/d/c/B/|AE- Ee/f/|g2 a2|bG Ge/f/|
g2 bg/a/|b/a/b/c'/ ag/a/|b/a/g/e/ d/e/d/B/|AE Ee|d/B/A/G/ B/c/d/B/|
gb Gg|GB/d/ e/d/c/B/|AE- Ee|Gd e/d/c/B/|Gd e/d/c/B/|
gG e/d/c/B/|AE Ee/f/|gd/g/ ag/a/|bB Be/f/|gd/g/ ag/a/|
b/a/b/c'/ ag/f/|gf/e/ dc/B/|Ae Ee|dg B/c/d/B/|gG G:|

Four comments

Another piper’s polka?

Purportedly Scottish in origin, which might explain why it’s almost all in the one-octave range of Highland pipes. This is transcription is from o’Sullivan, playing off the o’Farrell manuscript, so whether those low Ds or high Es or whatever are "Irishification"s of the tune are anyone’s guess. Kind of iffy but bouncy string-crossing on the fiddle; good skip overall.

—DtM

Willy Wink’s, X:2

X2 is the way Jerry O’Sullivan plays the tune on his album, "O’Sullivan Meets O’Farrell Vol.1. His 3rd part is basically the 2nd part up an octave.

Willy Wink’s, X:3

Seems to be very old, and as someone has noticed, it’s known as "Willie Winkie’s Testament" in Scotland. For comparison, I’ve given a version from Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket Companion Volume 6 (1746), and it’s much more involved than the previous simpler versions, and has the feel of a long variations piece.