Sweeney’s Dream reel

Also known as Girl With The Laughing Eyes, The Girl With The Laughing Eyes, The Lame Fisherman.

There are 21 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Galway (a few times), The Glass Of Beer (a few times), The Humours Of Lissadell (a few times).

Sweeney's Dream has been added to 105 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Sweeney's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dF F2 ABdf|gfeg fdBc|dF F2 ABdB|AFDF E2 D2:|
fa a2 afdf|gfed Bd d2|fa a2 bf f2|gfeg fd d2|
fa a2 bf f2|gfeg fdBc|dF F2 ABdf|gfeg f3e||
ABC
X: 2
T: Sweeney's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dF~F2 ABdf|gfeg fdBc|dF~F2 AddB|AFDF ~E2D2:|
fa~a2 afdf|gfed (3Bcd eg|fa~a2 bfaf|gfeg fdde|
fa~a2 bfaf|gfeg fdBc|dF~F2 ABdf|gfeg ~f3e||
ABC
X: 3
T: Sweeney's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 FG Adef | gfed fdBc | d2 FG A2 AB | AFEG FDDA |
d2 FG Adef | gfed fdBc | d2 FG A2 ag | faef d2 ||
afbf afdf | gfed cd (3efg | afbf afdf | abag fd (3efg |
afbf afdf | gfed fdBc | d2 FG A2 ag | faef d2 |]
ABC
X: 4
T: Sweeney's Dream
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dF (3FFF ABde|(3fga eg fdBc|dF (3FFF ABdB|AFdF ~E2D2:|
fa~a2 afdf|gfed cdeg |fa~a2 afaf|gfeg fdde|
fa~a2 b~f3|gfeg fdBc|dF (3FFF ABdf|(3fga eg ~f3e||
P:1st bar of 1st part is played this way on each repeat
d2FB ABde |
ABC

Twelve comments

Sweeney’s Dream

I thought this is a classic reel considering Chieftains recorded it, but I’ve never heard it played in the real sessions. Are this kind of simple tunes old-fashioned now?

Similar tune

This has a similar feel to Scotch Mary;
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/96

It’s that opening phrase, I guess.

Maybe playing this after Scotch Mary would sound more like a key change than an actual change of tunes.

On the contrary - I think that similar opening phrase could be a nice thematic link. I’ll try them together when I get home. off the top of my head, I’m inclined to think that playing Scotch mary *after* Sweeney’s dream would make a nice set.

Thanks, Jeremy. I’ll add Scotch Mary to my poor repertoire. Good to know a new tune in a lovely set.

Played in sessions

At least by myself—:-) You’ll hear it once in a while, not often. Obviously depends on what kind of sessions you go to.

Isn’t this played on a Bothy Band album somewhere? Either that or on one of Kevin Burke’s…Anyway, glad to have a name for it!

Sweeney’s Dream

I occasionally hear this played at my session, and it would be nice to hear it more often. Just be careful not to go into the Belles Of Tipperary when you start that B-part!

X: 1
T: Sweeney’s Dream
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
dF~F2 ABdf|gfeg fdBc|dF~F2 AddB|AFDF ~E2D2:|
fa~a2 afdf|gfed (3Bcd eg|fa~a2 bfaf|gfeg fdde|
fa~a2 bfaf|gfeg fdBc|dF~F2 ABdf|gfeg ~f3e||

Shaskeen recorded the tune as Killoran’s on the Mouse Behind the Dresser album.

“The Girl With the Laughing Eyes” ~ a rescued duplication

Submitted on March 29th 2010 by jaychoons
~ /tunes/10392

X: 3
T: Girl With The Laughing Eyes, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
(3ABc |\
d2 FG Adef | gfed fdBc | d2 FG A2 AB | AFEG FDDA |
d2 FG Adef | gfed fdBc | d2 FG A2 ag | faef d2 ||
(3efg |\
afbf afdf | gfed cd (3efg | afbf afdf | abag fd (3efg |
afbf afdf | gfed fdBc | d2 FG A2 ag | faef d2 |]

Diggin’ around & look what I found…
O’Neill’s (1,001) is a goldmine if you’re looking for new old tunes to play. I found this jumpy little number in the "reels" section (#745 to be precise). A bit of an odd duck, but there’s something kinda refreshing about it. I think I like it, lemme know what you think…..

# Posted on March 29th 2010 by jaychoons

S: “O’Neill’s Music of Ireland1850 Melodies”, 1903, page 282, Tune #1528

The source for the above transcription from jaychoons, which I’d forgotten to add…

One more source

This tune also appears in O’Neill’s 1850 on page 226, tune #1198 under the title The Lame Fisherman — yet another unnoticed duplication in this volume.

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Sweeney’s Dream

X:4 from the old Paddy Killoran/Paddy Sweeney 78, which popularized this reel, along with the tune that preceded it on the record, the Humours of Lissadell.