The Well-Bred Foal reel

Also known as The Commonality, Mike Hoban’s.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

The Well-Bred Foal has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Well-Bred Foal has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Three settings

1
X: 1
T: The Well-Bred Foal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
|:f2 ef dB~B2|Bcde f2 fa|edcB ABcd|edcB ABcd|
e2 ae cB~B2|Bcde f2 fg|aA (3AAA ABce|f2 ef dB~B2:|
|:bafe defg|afbf a2 fa|bafe defg|afea fB B2|
bafe defg|afbf a2 af|e2 fa bafb|afe=g fB B2:|
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2
X: 2
T: The Well-Bred Foal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
f2 ef dBBA|Bcde f2 fa|edcB ABcd|edcB ABcd|
e2 ae cA A/A/A|Bcde fefg|aA A/A/A ABce|(3faf ef dBB2:||
bafe defg|afbf a2 f/g/a|bafe defg|afea fB B2|
bafe ^defg|afbf a3 f|e2 f/g/a bafb|afea fBB2:||
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3
X: 3
T: The Well-Bred Foal
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:e2 de cA~A2|ABcd e2 eg|dcBA GABc|dcBA GABc|
d2 gd BA~A2|ABcd e2 ef|gG (3GGG GABd|e2 de cA~A2:|
|:aged cdef|geae g2 eg|aged cdef|gedg eA A2|
aged cdef|geae g2 ge|d2 eg agea|ged=f eA A2:|

Seven comments

A very fine reel by Mike Hoban, as played by Altan on The Blue Idol. This tune isn’t listed on the album on here…

I’ve also heard this in A Dorian at sessions, starting on D on the fiddle instead of E.

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Note-

I normally play the G-Natural in the last bar as a variation; otherwise I play an A.

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Thank you

Many thanks,errik. I’ve been meaning to learn this for a while.

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You’re welcome, Kenny. I had been meaning to learn this tune for months… I heard it at a session and the only part I remembered was the first bar of the A section. Then I heard it on Altan’s album… and it all came to me. hehe

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The Well-Bred Foal

A slightly different transcription from the same source.

X: 1
T: Well-Bred Foal, The
T: Mike Hoban’s
C: Mike Hoban (Co. Mayo accordion player)
D: The Blue Idol, Altan
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
f2 ef dBBA|Bcde f2 fa|edcB ABcd|edcB ABcd|
e2 ae cA A/A/A|Bcde fefg|aA A/A/A ABce|(3faf ef dBB2:||
bafe defg|afbf a2 f/g/a|bafe defg|afea fB B2|
bafe ^defg|afbf a3 f|e2 f/g/a bafb|afea fBB2:||

In the 5th bar of the A part, I hear one fiddle playing it as noted above, while the other plays: |e/e/e ae cAAc|.

Also note the sharped d in bar 5 of the B part.

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The Well-Bred Foal, X:3

A setting in A dorian. Mainly so it’ll come up for people in TunePal in that key. 🙂

Re: The Well-Bred Foal

Recorded as "Commonality" on the CD "Tripswitch" by John McSherry and Donal O’Connor. 3rd reel, track #7.

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