Caught In The Surf reel

By Sheamus Heneghan

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

Caught In The Surf has been added to 2 tune sets.

Caught In The Surf has been added to 9 tunebooks.

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One setting

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X: 1
T: Caught In The Surf
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DEFA d2dA|BdAd BdAF|DEFA d2dA|Beef edBA|
DEFA d2dA|BdAd B2ag|f2ed BAFB|AFEG FDD2:|
|:faab afde|fded BdA2|faaa bfaf|edfd Bee2|
faaa bfaf|edfd B2ag|f2ed BAFB|AFEG FDD2:|

Three comments

Caught In The Surf

This lovely reel was composed by the accordion player Sheamus Heneghan from Mayo. I believe it was originally written in the key of C (there’s a setting here: https://musicofmayo.ie/caught-in-the-surf/), but I learned this version in D from John Carty, who learned it from Matt Molloy. John Carty suggested playing it after the Mayo Fling (https://thesession.org/tunes/20801).

As a nice variation, you can play the last bar of the A part an octave higher the second time around to lead into the B part:

f2ed BAFB|ABde fdd2|

And the three repeated high As in the second part of the tune are fun to play as triplets.