Going to the Well for Water

Slide, D, Traditional Irish
Also known as Denis Murphy’s; The Kaiser

Going to the Well for Water. Traditional Irish Slide. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together July 16, 2023. Illustration copyright 2023 Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org

A bouncy Irish slide. The illustration comes from a children’s book, Jack and Jill and Old Dame Gill, published in 1806.


Sheet Music

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Going to the Well for Water. Sheet music with chords. Traditional Irish slide in D. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 100bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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