The Spirits Of Wine reel

There are 9 recordings of this tune.

The Spirits Of Wine appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Spirits Of Wine has been added to 11 tune sets.

The Spirits Of Wine has been added to 76 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Spirits Of Wine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
ed|:cBAc BGED|CEAc e2eg|aece a2ec|dcBA GBed|
cBAc BGED|CEAc e2eg|aece a2ec|A2AE A3e/f/:|
|:eccc c2ag|fddd d2af|eccc c2ec|dcBA BEGB|
eccc c2ag|fddd fgaf|eace dBGB|Aaec A3a/g/:|
X: 2
T: The Spirits Of Wine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|:BAGB AFDc|BDGB d2df|gdBd g2dB|cBAG FAdc|
BAGB AFDc|BDGB d2df|gdBd g2dB|G2GD G3d/e/:|
|:dBB2 B2gf|ecc2 c2ge|dBB2 B2dB|cBAG ADFA|
dBB2 B2gf|ecc2 efge|dgBd cAFA|GgdB G3g/f/:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: The Spirits Of Wine
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:ed|"A"cBAc "E7"BGED|"A"CEAc e2fg|aece gaec|"Bm"dcBA "E7"GBed|
"A"cBAc "E7"BGED|"A"CEAc e2fg|aece gaec|"E7"(3ABA GB "A"A2:|
|:af|"A"eccB ceag|"D"fddc dfaf|"A"eccB ceaf|ecBA "E7"BEGB|
"A"eccB ceag|"D"fddc dfaf|"A"(3efe ce "E7"dBGB|"A"Aaec A2:|

Six comments

The Spirits of Wine

A tune from the playing of Johnny Doherty, the great Donegal fiddler.No one seems to know where it came from, but anyway, it survives, and is best played up tempo!


I’ve been trying to track down this tune for yonks!

I couldn’t get it by ear (well I could get bits of it … but "the whole" was always tantalisingly out of reach).

It opens a collection of Doherty’s work called "The Floating Bow" and there was never a more-arresting opening on any CD (and then he caps it all by going into Madame Bonaparte).

Liz Doherty (no relation, I think) plays a version on her latest album"Quare Imagination".


Armagh won the All-Ireland and now I’ve found abc for this elusive tune. My life is nearly complete. If only I could wake up one morning and find that I’d somehow absorbed the ability to play the pipes just from listening to them, I could die happy!

The tune is also played by Altan on Runaway Sunday as the last tune on Johnny Doherty’s set of reels

A cheerful reel.
Joyful 1st part; going up and down.
Ecstatic 2nd part (my favourite); ‘standing on air’

High in Spirits

That’s Irish wine for you!