The Night We Had Bears reel

Also known as Bears, The Night We Had The Bears.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Night We Had Bears has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Night We Had Bears has been added to 40 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: The Night We Had Bears
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
FcBF AF F/F/F|AFAB BABc|dD D/D/D ABBc|BAFE FABA|FcBF AF F/F/F|
AFAB BABc|1 d3B ABBc|BE E/E/E cBAG:|2 d2 de efec|ABBA Bcdf||
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fAAe fggB|BgBg agfa|
[1 e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fecB B2 ce|fecB BAdf:|
[2 e2 d2 c3c|cdcA F3E|FcAF dcAe|dcfe dcGE||
# Added by Syl .
2
X: 2
T: The Night We Had Bears
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
E|:FcBF AFF2|AFAB BABc|dDD2B3c|BAFE FABA|
FcBF AFF2|AFAB BABc|dDD2B3c|BEE2 cBAG|
FcBF AFF2|AFAB BABc|dDD2B3c|BAFE FABA|
FcBF AFF2|AFAB BABc|d3ef3e|ABBA Bcdf|
e2ce afec|BABc BAce|fAAe fggB|BgBg agfa|
e2ce afec|BABc BAce|fecB BAce| fecB BAcf|
e2ce afec|BABc BAce|fAAe fggB|BgBg agfa|
e3dc2(c2|c)dcAF3E|FcAF dcAe|dcfe dcBA:|
3
X: 3
T: The Night We Had Bears
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:FcBF AFF2|AFAB BABc|dDD2B3c|BAFE FABA|
FcBF AFF2|AFAB BABc|dDD2B3c|BEE2 cBAG|
FcBF AFF2|AFAB BABc|dDD2B3c|BAFE FABA|
FcBF AFF2|AFAB BABc|d3ef3e|ABBA Bcdf|
e2ce afec|BABc BAce|fAAe fggB|BgBg agfa|
e2ce afec|BABc BAce|fecB BAce| fecB BAcf|
e2ce afec|BABc BAce|fAAe fggB|BgBg agfa|
e3dc2(c2|c)dcAF3E|FcAF dcAe|dcfe dcBA:|
4
X: 4
T: The Night We Had Bears
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
D|:EBAE GEE2|GEGA AGAB|cCC2A3B|AGED EGAG|
EBAE GEE2|GEGA AGAB|cCC2A3B|ADD2 BAGF|
EBAE GEE2|GEGA AGAB|cCC2A3B|AGED EGAG|
EBAE GEE2|GEGA AGAB|c3de3d|GAAG ABce|
d2Bd gedB|AGAB AGBd|eGGd effA|AfAf gfeg|
d2Bd gedB|AGAB AGBd|edBA AGBd| edBA AGBe|
d2Bd gedB|AGAB AGBd|eGGd effA|AfAf gfeg|
d3cB2(B2|B)cBGE3D|EBGE cBGd|cBed cBAG:|
# Added by JACKB .
5
X: 5
T: The Night We Had Bears
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
FcBF AF F/F/F|AFAB BABc|dD D/D/D ~B3c|BAFE FABA|
FcBF AF F/F/F|AFAB BABc|1 d3A ~B3c|BE E/E/E cBAE:|2 d3e efec|ABBA Bcdf||
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fAA[eE] [fF][gD][gE]B|B[gE]B[gE] [aA][gE][fF][aA]|
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fecB B2 ce|fecB BAdf|
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fAA[eE] [fF][gD][gE]B|B[gE]B[gE] [aA][gE][fF][aA]|
e2 d2 c3B|cdcA F3E|FcAF dcAe|dcfe dc[Gd][Ec]||

Nineteen comments

Origin of this tune

This reel was written by fiddle Jenna Moynihan.

I did the transcrption to ABC based on Jenna’s own performance on youtube here :

http://youtu.be/Aure1RooISk


The tune can also be found here performed by Ampersand (Katie Davis Henderson on fiddle and Liz Davis Maxfield on cello) :

http://youtu.be/MQFimW9W7OU


The A part is F# minor, the B part is its relative, A major.

A really great tune, I hope you’ll like it.

Posted by .

Fun tune, one we’ll adopt for the grizzly and black bears of Montana! Thanks for posting and for the link to Jenna’s playing! A treat!

Posted .

FWIW, I get a few differences when I listen to the YouTube clip, and I think your abcs had an extra bar in the B part.

Here’s my stab at it:

X: 1
T: Night We Had Bears, The
C: Jenna Moynihan
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: F#m/A
FcBF AF F/F/F|AFAB BABc|dD D/D/D ABBc|BAFE FABA|
FcBF AF F/F/F|AFAB BABc|1 d3B ABBc|BE E/E/E cBAF:|2 d2 de efec|ABBA Bcdf||
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fAAe fggB|BgBg agfa|
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fecB B2 ce|fecB BAdf|
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fAAe fggB|BgBg agfa|
e2 d2 c3c|cdcA F3E|FcAF dcAe|dcfe dcGE||

Posted .

Nope, that should be a Gsharp in the 1st ending to the A part: |BE E/E/E cBAG:| (as Sacrenouille originally had it)

Posted .

I transcribed from the regular tempo recording. Here it is again with some minor corrections (upon playing along with the tune).

X: 1
T: Night We Had Bears, The
C: Jenna Moynihan
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: F#m/A
FcBF AF F/F/F|AFAB BABc|dD D/D/D ABBc|BAFE FABA|
FcBF AF F/F/F|AFAB BABc|1 d3B ABBc|BE E/E/E cBAG:|2 d2 de efec|ABBA Bcdf||
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fAAe fggB-|(B)gBg agfa|
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fecB B2 ce|fecB BAdf|
e2 ce aecB|BABc BAce|fAAe fggB|BgBg agfa|
e2 d2 c3c|cdcA F3E|FcAF dcAe|dcfe dcGE||

You might want to clean up your abcs before Jeremy convert them to sheet music (assuming he can—the layout may prevent it).

Posted .

Changed ABC

Thanks Will !

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Re: Bear’s

Might make a nice set with the Mortgage Burn.

Re: Bear’s

Bummer, I was very surprised when I couldn’t find it.

Re: Bear’s

Do you know how would I add it as a setting to the other tune? Can’t find the ‘delete’ button either…

Re: Bear’s

There isn’t a ‘delete’ button. The webmaster has to do it. BTW you go to the other tune and click ‘add a setting’

Re: Bear’s

Ahh! I’m sorry webmaster!

The Night We Had Bears, X:2

Learned from Caity Brennan. Haven’t heard anyone else playing this down under, but I’ll aim to make it an occasional showy tune for fiddlers to pull out of their hats 🙂

Re: Bear’s

Noice! You’d better transfer it to another tune setting under ‘The Night We had Bears’ though here: https://thesession.org/tunes/11770.
I didn’t find the other version and soon enough this one will be deleted by an admin for doubling up…

Re: The Night We Had Bears

Hello,

My english understanding is too bad… I really wonder what does the title "the night we had bears" mean ?
Any tips ?

Thank you and regards,

f.

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Re: The Night We Had Bears

It could probably mean different things, her album liner notes might give a story behind the name.

Best guess without that: they had bears pay them an unwanted visit one night, either at their house or at camp.