The Brook reel

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Brook has been added to 7 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Brook
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge|dedB ~G3B|d2BG FGAB|dedB GBAG|~F2DE FGAB|
~d2Bd G2ge|dGBG FAAB|dedB ~G2AG|FADE FGAB||
GE~E2 B,E~E2|GE~E2 edBA|~G2ED B,E~E2|FEDE FGAB|
~G2ED B,E~E2|B,E~E2 edBA|~G2EF ~G2dc|BdcA GDEF||
G3A ~G2ge|dGBG FAAF|~G2eG dG~G2|FEDE FGAB|
~G3B dG~G2|DGGE FGAB|~G2eG dGGE|FEDE FGAB||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Brook
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge|dedB ~G3B|d2BG FGAB|dedB GBAG|FEDE FGAB|
dedB G3B|d2BG FGAB|dedB GBAG| FEDE FGAB||
GE~E2 B,E~E2|GE~E2 edBA|GE~E2 B,E~E2|FEDE FGAB|
GE~E2 B,E~E2|GE~E2 edBA|GEEF G2GA|BedB AGEF||
G3A G3E |DGGE FGAB|~G2eG dG~G2|FEDE FGAB|
~G3B dG~G2|DGGE FGAB|~G2eG dGGE|FEDE FGAB||
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Four comments

The Brook

Transcribed from Dan Gurney’s album. The transcription isn’t based on any particular one of his takes on the tune but I’ve tried to incorporate variations from all 3 times through.

Written by…

Written by Andy Martyn and Kevin Boyle of the London based group La Cheile (La Kayla)and recorded on their recent album "Out of the West". La Cheile were formed in the 70s and originally included PJ Crotty.

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Lovely tune

Thanks Dr. Dow — perfect transcription. Wonderful tune.
Roster here: http://thesession.org/recordings/1758
The surviving original band members, so far as I know, are Danny Meehan (fiddle), Liam Farrell (banjo), John Roe (piano) and Kevin Boyle (guitar).

As Le Cheile plays it

I made this transcription from the clip of the band’s playing it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ev9puNDavNA

Dan Gurney’s playing is lovely but it is his own version. It wouldn’t do for me, were I ever to play with any of the musicians on the clip, if I played it with Dan Gurney’s variations. Before you learn the variations I think you should learn the bones of the tune and make that your own. I’m sure that Dan could play it simply, as they do. As a solo player Dan’s setting is lovely. But for a group, in a session, simpler is usually better. Thus, Le Cheile’s simpler setting of the tune.