The Heather Breeze reel

Also known as Gigue à Ti-Mé, Heather Breeze, The Heathery Braes, Heathery Breeze, The Heathery Breeze.

There are 85 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Swallow’s Tail (a few times), Tansey’s Favourite (a few times), Boil The Breakfast Early (a few times), The Green Fields Of America (a few times), Miss McLeod’s (a few times).

The Heather Breeze has been added to 285 tunebooks.

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Nine settings

X: 1
T: The Heather Breeze
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG dGBG|DFAF cFAF|DGBG dGBG|BdcA BGGE|
DGBG dGBG|DFAF cFAF|DGBG dGBG|BdcA BGGd||
g2 gf gbag|fdde fgaf|g2 gf gbag|fdcA BGGd|
g2 gf gbag|fdde fgaf|g2 gf gbag|fdcA BGGF||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Heather Breeze
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g2 gf gbag|fdde fgaf|defg abag|fdcA BGGF||
g2 gf gbag|fdde fgaf|gbag fagf |edcA (3Bcd AF||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Heather Breeze
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGBG dBGB|FGAB cBAF|DGBG dBGB|1 BdcA BGAF:|2 BdcA BGG2||
|dggf gbag|fd3 fagf|dggf gbag|fdcA BGG2|
dggf gbag|fd3 fagf|g3a bgag|fdcA BGAF||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Heather Breeze
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
DGBG dGBG|DFAB cBAF|DGBG dGBG|B/c/dcA BGG2:|
~g3f gbag|fdde fgaf|~g3f gbag|fdcA BGG2|
~g3f gbag|fdde fgaf|defg ~a3g|fdcA BGG2||
ABC
X: 5
T: The Heather Breeze
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g2 gf g2ag|fdde fga2|defg abag|fdcA BGGF|
g2 gf g2ag|fdde fga2|bgaf gbag|fdcA BGGF|
ABC
X: 6
T: The Heather Breeze
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|D~G3 dGBG | D~F3 cFAF | D~G3 dGBG | BdcB (3ABA (3GFE |
D~G3 dGBG | D~F3 cFAF | GABc dGBG | BdcA BGBd |
g2gf gbag | (3fgf de fgaf | dggf gbag | fdcA (3BAG Bc |
Gd (3Bcd gbag | fd (3ABd fgaf | gbag fagf | edcB (3ABA (3GFE |
ABC
X: 7
T: The Heather Breeze
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: "G drone"DGBG dGBG |"F# drone" DF (3FFF dFAF |"G drone" DGBG dGBG |1"D drone" BdcA B/c/d AF :|2 "D drone"BdcA BGBd |
| g2 a/g/f gbag | fd (3ddd fgaf | dg ~g2 gbag | fdcA BGBd |
|g2 {a}gf gbag | fd (3ddd fgaf | gbag fagf | ed^cA B/c/d AF |
ABC
X: 8
T: The Heather Breeze
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
bgdg bagb | afdf agfa | bgdg bgag | fdcA BGGg |
bgdg bgdg | afdf agfa | bgaf (3gfe dB | cedc BGGg||
ABC
X: 9
T: The Heather Breeze
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:DGBG dGBG|DFAF cFAF|DGBG dGBG|BdcA dBcA|
DGBG dGBG|DFAF cFAF|DGBG dGBG|BdcA BG G2||
|:g3f gbag|f3e fgaf|g3f gbag|fdcA dBcA|
g3f gbag|f3e fgaf|g3f gbag|fdcA BG G2||
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Ten comments

Heather Breeze

Has been recorded by many including Matt Molloy on his 1981 album of the same title and also by accordion player Dermot Byrne on his self titled 1995 solo album.

John Harvey
Rhodeirish.net

Alternative endings

John,

This tune is most often heard with a slightly different ending, with the last four bars played:

g2 gf gbag|fdde fgaf|defg abag|fdcA BGGF||

Only the last-but-one bar is different from the setting you gave.

However, this ending is used in a number of tunes, including The Pretty Girls of Mayo, and others that I can’t think of just now. I really like this ending, remembered (possibly wrongly) from a recording by the great Sligo fiddler Paddy Killoran. The last two bars are different:

g2 gf gbag|fdde fgaf|gbag fagf |edcA (3Bcd AF||

Try it, I think you’ll like it!

On the subject of the name, it’s very poetic, but it’s probably a corruption of "The Heathery Braes" (hillsides).

Quebecois version

This reel has a quebecois version called Gigue à Ti-Mé (not to be confused with Reel à Ti-Mé).
It’s been popularized by the great accordionist Philippe Bruneau. As for many other reels and jigs, few people in Quebec know it’s of Irish origins.

Version from Caoimhin O’raghallaigh

I got this version off a concert with Caoimhin and Mick. I think it’s the same one.
X:1
T: Heather Breeze
M: 4/4
L:1/8
R: Reel
|:DGBG dBGB|FGAB cBAF|DGBG dBGB|1 BdcA BGAF:|2 BdcA BGG2|
|dggf gbag|fd3 fagf|dggfgbag|fdcA BGG2| dggf gbag|fd3 fagf|g3a bgag|fdcA BGAF||

Great tune before Pigeon on the Gate.

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Here’s how I heard Andrew MacNamara play it:

X: 3
T: Heather Breeze
S: Andrew MacNamara
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: Reel
K: G
DGBG dGBG|DFAB cBAF|DGBG dGBG|B/c/dcA BGG2:|
~g3f gbag|fdde fgaf|~g3f gbag|fdcA BGG2|
~g3f gbag|fdde fgaf|defg ~a3g|fdcA BGG2||

I learnt this from an elderly Kilkenny boxplayer who plays this as an ordinary reel rather than a single reel. Second part ended first time as
g2 gf g2ag|fdde fga2|defg abag|fdcA BGGF

and second time around as
g2 gf g2ag|fdde fga2|bgaf gbag|fdcA BGGF

Title

"On the subject of the name, it’s very poetic, but it’s probably a corruption of "The Heathery Braes" (hillsides)."

I just noticed this comment; absolutely nothing wrong with the idea of "braes" as another word for hills, but far from being poetic, believe me, when you stand on a moorland, hillside or mountain in Ireland, Scotland, England or Wale,s you can smell the nectar emanating from the heather when it is in bloom. It is almost intoxicating.

I really feel that the title alludes to the scent on the breeze.

All the best

Brian x

Heather Breeze

X:7 from Paddy Killoran’s 78. I noted where in the first part he’d drone a note behind the melody. It sounds like he pulses two half notes in each bar - G4 G4 etc.

3rd part

I discover while checking for the repeats in that tune that O’Neill had a third part to it. See that part in setting no 8.
Probably a variation to the first one … ?