Going To The Well For Water slide

Also known as Fetching Water From The Well, Goin’ To The Well, The Kaiser.

There are 33 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Merrily Kissed The Quaker (a few times), Teahan’s Favourite (a few times), Denis Murphy’s (a few times), Hundred Pipers (a few times) and Jimmy Ward’s (a few times).

Going To The Well For Water has been added to 25 tune sets.

Going To The Well For Water has been added to 335 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 | ]

Thirteen 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."

Re: Going To The Well For Water

My favorite version of this slide is by Stockton’s Wing. I love the very dark sound.