The Spring Well reel

By Finbarr Dwyer

Also known as The Springwell.

There are 11 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Spring Well appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Spring Well has been added to 4 tune sets.

The Spring Well has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Spring Well
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A3 g faea|d2 AG FADd|ADFA fde^c|Add^c d3 A|
BGdB g2 eg|dcAF GEAG|EG G2 cAdc|1 Add^c d3 =c:|2 Add^c d3 A||
|:dafd abaf|g2 ec Gceg|faea dcAB|c2 Ad dcAG|
FDFA dfed|^cAaf g2 fe|dA A2 BGAG|1 FDFA d3 A:|2 FDFA d3 c||

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The Spring Well by Finbarr Dwyer

I’ve made a great habit of submitting a few of Finbarr’s tunes here, and am very honored in doing so! Here is another one. The Spring Well comes from an album of his entitled “Pure Traditional Irish Accordion Music.” Many tracks from this album have been published under various guises on compilations. It has also been recorded by Marcas O’Murchú in a different version.

This tune has an unmistakable Finbarr Dwyer feel to it and crosses between the D major and D mixolydian modes frequently. There are more C naturals than sharps in this tune [I’ve counted!] so I decided to choose D mix.

Finbarr himself plays a handful of nice variations throughout the two repeats of this tune. The repeat of the B part on both playing of the tune has a different opening bar:

|defg abaf|

And the 5th bar differs slightly at one point, though I cannot make out what he is playing just yet. It sound a bit cluttered.

Anyway, I feel confident enough with this version. Hope you enjoy the tune. It works well on banjo too but fare play to Marcas for getting it out on the flute. Not easy [at least not for me!]