Going To The Well For Water slide

Also known as Goin’ To The Well, The Kaiser.

There are 30 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Bill Harte’s (a few times) and Denis Murphy’s (a few times).

Going To The Well For Water has been added to 9 tune sets.

Going To The Well For Water has been added to 302 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Going To The Well For Water
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2f A2f A2f fed|Bgg Bgg Bgg gfe|
cdc BcB Ace a2f|1 g2e cde d3 dcB:|2 g2e cde d3 d2e||
|:f2f fed e2e edc|d2d dcB c2c cBA|
GBB GBB FAA FAA|1 EDE e2d cBc d2e:|2 EDE e2d cBc d3||
# Added by Dexy .
X: 2
T: Going To The Well For Water
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f3 fed |e3 edc|d3 dcB |c3 cBA|
GBB GBB FAA FAA|E3 e2d|cBc d3||
|:A2f A2f |A2f fed|B2g B2g| B2g gfe|
c2e A2e|c2e A2e|a3 gfe|fdB A3|
A2f A2f |A2f fed|B2g B2g| B2g gfe|
c2e A2e|c2e A2e| a3 gec|edc d3||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: Going To The Well For Water
R: slide
M: 12/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: A2 f A2 f A2 f fed | B2 g B2 g B2 g gfe |
c2 c BcB Ace a2 f | [1 gfe cde d3 dcB :| [2 gfe cde d3 d2 e |]
|: f2 f fed e2 e edc | d2 d dcB c2 c cBA |
GBB GBB FAA FAA | [1 EFE e2 d cBc d2 e :| [2 EFE e2 d cBc dcB | ]

Twelve comments

Going to the Well for Water is also called The Kaiser. I first heard this tune at a really busy session and lucky for me, I had a recorder with me that night. It was played in a set of only 2 tunes and they are both terrific. The first tune they played was Troy’s Wedding, which I believe is a normal jig. (If there is such a thing.) These 2 tunes really drive along and I get a great buzz when playing them. Troy’s Wedding is the first in the set and I will try to work it out as soon as I can and post it also. Troy’s is a four parter I think and parts of it are quite challenging.
The Well is fairly straightforward and the only bit I find a wee bit dodgy sometimes is the second last bar in the second part. Thats the GBB GBB FAA FAA bit. That’s when it’s played on the fiddle at least. I have just picked up my button box and to my pleasure I have found it is really easy to play on it. I have no idea how old the tune is, or who wrote it. Does anybody play this tune with anything else. Good luck with it and I hope you enjoy it as much as I do. Dexy.

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The Kaiser

This is one of the first tunes I learned on the Mandolin from Padraig Carrol’s book "The Irish Mandolin". In there it is called The Kaiser. I din’t know it had another name. I usually play it in a set after Calaghan’s (which may be in here somewhere under a different name but I haven’t found it yet (I’ll maybe have to submit it myself).

I lOVE this song

hi i am 11 and I absouletley LOVE this song iv been playing th fiddle , accordian , Concertina and tin whistle since I was 4 and this is my fav song on each of these instruments

The Daly / Creagh set is very nice. Is this tune a Slide or is it a March? It reminds me of "General Leslie’s March", which is in 6/8 time.


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Going to the Well

I often play this as a hornpipe

Going To The Well For Water

I’m a bit confused by the comments here about the Jackie Daly/Seamus Creagh recording, which I have (on vinyl), but I can’t find this tune on it. I did, however, find it on Jackie Daly’s ‘Music from Sliabh Luachra’ album, last track. Either a CD release had extra tracks on it, or perhaps people are thingking of the latter recording?

Going To The Well For Water, X:2


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Going To The Well For Water, X:3

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.

From Terry Teahan’s Road To Gloutane:

O’Keeffe’s house is as good today as the day it was built. The picture of a decrepit house that is used in articles by Alan Ward is the abandoned home of Thomas Murphy. Thomas Murphy was locally known as "The Kaiser."