Sweeney’s Wheel reel

Also known as The Big Squeeze, Sweeney’s, Sweeny’s Wheel.

There are 33 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Maids Of Ardagh (a few times), Dennis Murphy’s (a few times) and The Ballydesmond (a few times).

Sweeney's Wheel has been added to 83 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Sweeney's Wheel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:E2 GE B,EGE|CEGE FGAF|E2 GE B,EGE|1 FEDE FGAF:|2 FEDE FGAB||
|:DG ~G2 dG BG| dG BG FGAF|DG ~G2 dG BG|FEDE FGAF:||
|:cA ~A2 cAdA|cA ~A2 c3 d |cAdB cBAG|FGAB c3 d:||
ed ~d2 BG ~G2|FGAB c3 d|ed ~d2 BAGE|DEFG ABcd|
ed ~d2 BG ~G2|FGAB c3 d|ed ~d2 BAGE|DEFG AB (3cBA||
BGDG B,GDG|BGDG FGAc|BGDG B,GDG|FEDE FGAc|
BGDG B,GDG|BGDG FGAc|BGDG B,GDG|FEDE FGAF||
X: 2
T: Sweeney's Wheel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:B2dB FBdB|GBdB cBAc|B2dB FBdB|cBAB cdef:|
|:gefe geae|gefe g2ef|gefe gfed|cdef g2ga:|
|:baa2 fafd|cdef g3a|baa2 fddB|ABcd efga:|
|:fdAd FdAd|fdAd cdeg|fdAd FdAd|cBAB cdeg:|
|:d2fd adfd|d2fd cdec|d2fd adfd|cBAB cdec:|
# Added by MM .
X: 3
T: Sweeney's Wheel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|[A2d2]fd adfd |ddfd cdec |A2fd adfd |cBAB cdec |
A2fd adfd |adfd cdec |Adfd adfd| (3cdc BA BABA ||
B2[Dd]B B2[Dd]B |BB[Dd]B cdec| B2dB FBdB |cBAB cedc |
B2dB FBdB |[G2B2]dB cdec |[F2B2]dB FBdB|cBAB cdef ||
geee g2af |geee ~g3a |g2af gfed |(3Bcd ef g2ga |
geee geaf |geef ~g3a |geaf gfed |(3Bcd ef g3a||
baaa fddd |cdef g2ga | baaa fedB |ABcd efga |
baaa fddd |cdef ~g3a|baaa fedB |ABcd effe||
fd[Ae]d Fd[Ae]d |fd[Ae]d (3Bcd eg |fd[Ae]d Fd[Ae]d| cBAB cdeg |
fded Fded|fded (3Bcd eg|fded Fded |cBAB cdec||
X: 4
T: Sweeney's Wheel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B2 dB FBdB|GBdB cdec| B2 dB FBdB|1cBAB cd ec:|2cBAB cd ef||
ge ~e2 geaf|ge ~e2 g3 f|geaf gfed|cdef g3 a:|
ba ~a2 fd ~d2|cdef g3 a|ba ~a2 fedB|ABcd efga:|
fdAd FdAd|fdAd cdeg|fdAd FdAd|1cBAB cdeg:|2cBAB cdec||
Ad ~d2 adfd|adfd cd ec|Ad ~d2 adfd|cBAB cdec:||

Twelve comments

Sweeney

I like this one and learned it from a record of Jacky Daly. Its transposed to G maj. The original tune starts with B (D-maj.?)

Original in Bminor (mostly). This is in Eminor (mostly). I suggest you check out your relative minors for future reference.

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A major I think

The version I learned from Sliabh Lucra playing is I believe in a major and is played at a fair lick alongside Egan’s and the Ballydesmond. Ever seen them dance to this in Dan O’Connell’s in Knocknagree in Kerry? It’s played fast with plenty of lift and drive. The older dancers really MOVE to this set. BRILLIANT to watch. Even youngsters I know can’t dance this fast!

Sweeney’s in Bmin

for anyone interested: this is the version I got in Bmin.
I didn’t put any ornamentations since that differs depending what instrument you play, though I would put some downbeat accentuation in parts 1,2 and 5.
X: 1
T: Sweeney
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Bmin
|:B2dB FBdB|GBdB cBAc|B2dB FBdB|cBAB cdef:|
|:gefe geae|gefe g2ef|gefe gfed|cdef g2ga:|
|:baa2 fafd|cdef g3a|baa2 fddB|ABcd efga:|
|:fdAd FdAd|fdAd cdeg|fdAd FdAd|cBAB cdeg:|
|:d2fd adfd|d2fd cdec|d2fd adfd|cBAB cdec:|

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Sweeney’s Wheel

Did Jackie Daly write this tune?

Sweeney’s Wheel

From FC: "Sweeney’s Wheel" - a composition of County Cork accordion player Jackie Daly, composed for a ‘character’ named Sweeney who resides in Gort, County Galway. A man of eccentric pursuits, one of Sweeney’s interests is trying to design a perpetual motion machine, which Daly’s reflects in his tune by having the melody go round and round without ever coming to an end (on the album it simply fades out)."

Picked from an old session tape

Played in that unusual order, in that Key, with no repeat.

K: Dmaj
|[A2d2]fd adfd |ddfd cdec |A2fd adfd |cBAB cdec |
A2fd adfd |adfd cdec |Adfd adfd| (3cdc BA BABA ||
B2[Dd]B B2[Dd]B |BB[Dd]B cdec| B2dB FBdB |cBAB cedc |
B2dB FBdB |[G2B2]dB cdec |[F2B2]dB FBdB|cBAB cdef ||
geee g2af |geee ~g3a |g2af gfed |(3Bcd ef g2ga |
geee geaf |geef ~g3a |geaf gfed |(3Bcd ef g3a||
baaa fddd |cdef g2ga | baaa fedB |ABcd efga |
baaa fddd |cdef ~g3a|baaa fedB |ABcd effe||
fd[Ae]d Fd[Ae]d |fd[Ae]d (3Bcd eg |fd[Ae]d Fd[Ae]d| cBAB cdeg |
fded Fded|fded (3Bcd eg|fded Fded |cBAB cdec||

…Following "Cup of Tea"

Why

Why Transpose the tune? it’s a good B dorian tune

Jackie Daly’s Sweeney’s Wheel

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tMfvl0P5tD0


X:1
T:Sweeney’s Wheel
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:D
B2 dB FBdB|GBdB cdec| B2 dB FBdB|1cBAB cd ec:|2cBAB cd ef||
ge ~e2 geaf|ge ~e2 g3 f|geaf gfed|cdef g3 a:|
ba ~a2 fd ~d2|cdef g3 a|ba ~a2 fedB|ABcd efga:|
fdAd FdAd|fdAd cdeg|fdAd FdAd|1cBAB cdeg:|2cBAB cdec||
Ad ~d2 adfd|adfd cd ec|Ad ~d2 adfd|cBAB cdec:||