An Old Woman Would reel

Also known as The Old Woman Would Dance, Ruidhle Cailleach, Ruidhleadh Cailleach, Ruidhleadh Cailleach, Sheatadh Cailleach, Ruileadh Cailleach, Sheatadh Cailleach.

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

An Old Woman Would has been added to 4 tune sets.

An Old Woman Would has been added to 63 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: An Old Woman Would
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
AB|:ce (3eee faec|ecec B2AB|ce (3eee faec|ecec A2AB|
ce (3eee faec|ecec B2^g2|a2gf dfeA|dBec A2AA|
a2gf dfeA|d2ef dfeA|a2gf dfeA|dBee A2AA|
a2gf dfeA|d2ef dfeA|a2gf dfeA|dBec A2AB:|
X: 2
T: An Old Woman Would
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
ceee efec|efec B2AB|ceee efec|efec A3B|
ceee efec|efec B2AB|ceee efec|efec AzA2-|
ABce efec|efec B2AB|ceee efec|efec A2A2|
ABce efec|efec B2AB|ceee efec|efec A3e||
|:a2fe dfeA|d2fe dfea-|a2fe dfeA|dfec A3e|
a2fe dfeA|d2fe dfea-|a2fe dfeA|1 dfec A3e:|2 dfec A3B||
# Added by duby .

Seven comments

Good Tune

This is a very old port-a-beul (mouth music) tune from the Isle of Barra.

This is in a great set on the Album Skyedance by Alasdair Fraser and Paul Machlis. The other tunes in the set are The Bird’s Nest/Harris Dance.

Updated abc

Updated the abc file: added some triplets and changed g to g# in bar 6.

Interestingly on the skydance album it’s played in Amix…

An Old Woman Would

Yes, that’s probably because it is in A mix. Everyone here plays it with g naturals.

in A major (as submitted here), it sounds more like an English tune. Like a bell-changing tune in fact; in the second, descending part. The last bar: " |dBec A2" makes it sound like a nursery rhyme too.

An Old Woman Would

A very catchy tune. 🙂
This version comes from Lúnasa’s recording "Lá Nua" .
I think their version deserve to be added on the site.

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