The Wife She Brewed It strathspey

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Wife She Brewed It has been added to 14 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Wife She Brewed It
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E|A2 G>A F>A E2|A2 c>e a2 g>a|A2 G>A F>A E2|B<B c>A B2 e2|
A2 G>A F>A E2|A<A c>e a2 e2|f>ef>g a>ec>A|B>AB>c A3||
e|c>de>c A>Bc>A|F<B B>G A>GF>E|A>Bc>d c>de>f|e<c B>A B2 e>d|
c>de>c A>Bc>A|F<B B>G A>GF>E|A>Bc>d e>fg>a|e<c B>c A3||
X: 2
T: The Wife She Brewed It
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A<AG>A F>AE>A|A<A c>e a>ec>A|A<AG>A F>AE>A|A>Bc>A B2 e2|
A<AG>A F>AE>A|A<A c>e a>ec>e|f>ef>g a>ec>A|B>AB<c A2||
e>d|c>de>c A>Bc>A|F>Ad>c B>AF>E|A>Bc>d e>fe>f|e<ca>c B2
e>d|c>de>c A>Bc>A|F>Ad>c B>AF>E|A>Bc>d e>fa>f|e<cB>c A2||

Two comments

The Wife She Brewed It

Transcribed to abc by me, (from my old copy of Kerr’s) - but with a couple of changes.

- I "dotted" an additional few notes where it seemed to me that the the dots had been ommited from the printed version.

- I transposed the entire tune from D-Major down to A-Major, as it seemed ridiculously too high in "D".

I really like the title of this tune: "The Wife She Brewed It". It is so much more lyrical than (say) "My Wife Brewed It".

And what was it that she had she brewed, anyway? Was it tea? Was it beer? Or was it something stronger? 😉

The Wife She Brewed it - as played by Borders Musicians

I have copied (x:2) the transcription of this tune by Nigel Gatherer from the playing of Lori Watson.
This is the setting played by Tom Hughes - see recordings above, with much double stopping.
It is also played this way by the Clarty Cloot Ceilidh band (Scottish Borders). You can listen to it here. It’s the middle one of three tunes;