The Spinning Wheel reel

Also known as Flood On The Holm, The Flood On The Holm, The Spinnin’ Wheel.

There are 16 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Ash Grove (a few times), The Doctor’s (a few times), Johnny Lad (a few times) and Sullivan’s (a few times).

The Spinning Wheel has been added to 49 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Spinning Wheel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:G|FD~D2 FGAd|cded BEEG|FD~D2 FGAd|cdAG FDD:|
e|fdcd ABcd|efgf eEEg|fdcd ABcd|egfe dDDe|
fdcd ABcd|efgf eEEG|FD~D2 FGAd|cdAG FDD||
X: 2
T: The Spinning Wheel
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AG|:FD (3DDD FGAd | cdAd BE (3EEE| FD (3DDD FGAd | cdAG FD (3DDD :|
fdcd ABcd |efgf eEEg| fdcd ABcA | GAEF Ddde |
fdcd ABcd | efgf eE (3EEE | DFEG FAGB | AFGE FDFA ||
d2AG FDFA | Beed cABc | d2AG FGAg | fdec dfec |
d2AG FADA | Beed cABc | dcdA BGBd | AFGE FDD2 ||
fgaf dAFA | GBed cAA2| fgaf dAFA | GBEc dDD2|
fgaf dAFA | GBed cAA2| dfeg fagb |afge fdec ||
d2AG FDA,D | B,DA,D CEAc | d2AF GBed | ceag fdd2 |
d2AG FDA,D | B,DA,D CEAc | dcdA BGBd | AFGE D2 ||

Eight comments

The Spinning Wheel

Composed by James Scott Skinner. This version comes from Fisherstreet’s "Out in the Night". The tune is the first one of three that appear in John Doherty’s medley he entitled "Flood on the Holm", which a friend of mine has kindly transcribed for us:

X: 1
T: The Flood On The Holm
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
AG|:FD (3DDD FGAd | cdAd BE (3EEE| FD (3DDD FGAd | cdAG FD (3DDD :|
fdcd ABcd |efgf eEEg| fdcd ABcA | GAEF Ddde |
fdcd ABcd | efgf eE (3EEE | DFEG FAGB | AFGE FDFA ||
d2AG FDFA | Beed cABc | d2AG FGAg | fdec dfec |
d2AG FADA | Beed cABc | dcdA BGBd | AFGE FDD2 ||
fgaf dAFA | GBed cAA2| fgaf dAFA | GBEc dDD2|
fgaf dAFA | GBed cAA2| dfeg fagb |afge fdec ||
d2AG FDA,D | B,DA,D CEAc | d2AF GBed | ceag fdd2 |
d2AG FDA,D | B,DA,D CEAc | dcdA BGBd | AFGE D2 ||

The setting I transcribed is based on the concertina setting, not the box.

what’s the second tune? it’s very familiar.

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It would seem to be a distinct possibility that the tune being discussed here served as an inspiration for the composition (reportedly back in 1960) of the reel Sean Maguire’s Dream — see https://thesession.org/tunes/7225 .

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