Spring into the Drink

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X:1 T:Spring into the Drink M:3/4 L:1/8 R:Air Q:"Animated" S:O’Neill – Music of Ireland (1903), No. 572 Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G D/E/4F/4 GG/A/|Bd e/c/B/A/ GG/A/|B>G ED/E/ GG/A/|Bd e/c/B/A/ GG|G3:| G/A/ B/d/e/f/|g2 fe/^d/ e/g/f/g/|e>d BA B/d/e/f/|g2 fe/^d/ e/g/f/d/|e3 f g(3e/f/e| d>e BA GG/A/|B>G ED/E/ GG/A/|Bd e/c/B/A/ GG|G2||



SPRING INTO THE DRINK. AKA ‑ "Grádh i san Ól" (Spring into the Drink)."Leim asteac 'san uisge," "Preab san Ól" (Spring into the Drink). Irish, Air (3/4 time, "animated"). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. Paul de Grae finds O'Neill's tune to be an exact transposition from 'F' to 'G' of George Petrie's "Grádh i san Ól" (AKA "Preab san Ól")[1].


Additional notes
Source for notated version : - credited to Chicago Police Sergeant James O’Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O’Neill’s collaborator [O’Neill].

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 572, p. 100. Charles VilliersStanford (Complete Collection of Petrie's Irish Music), 1905; No. 1446, p. 362.






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  1. Paul de Grae, “Notes on Sources of Tunes in the O’Neill Collections”, 2012 [1]. Paul notes it is not the air which is usually known nowadays as "Preab san Ól".