The Laurel Tree reel

Also known as The Cat In The Can, The Laurel Bush, Lost Indian, The Lost Indian, Paddy White’s.

There are 56 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Lord Gordon’s (a few times), The Sally Gardens (a few times).

The Laurel Tree has been added to 302 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Laurel Tree
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eA~A2 e2dc|BAGA Bcdg|eA~A2 e2dc|BAGA BA~A2|
eA~A2 e2dc|BAGA Bcd2|~e3f gaaf|gedB A2 (3Bcd:|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|eaag egdc|BAGA BA~A2|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcd2|~e3f gaaf|gedB A2 (3Bcd|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|eaag a2ga|bagb ~a3g|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcd2|~e3f gaaf|gedB A2 (3Bcd||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Laurel Tree
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|eaag egdc|BAGA A2 (3Bcd|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcd2|~e3f gaaf|gedB A2 (3Bcd :||
|:eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|eaag a2ga|bagb ~a3g|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcd2|~e3f gaaf|gedB A2 (3Bcd :||
ABC
X: 3
T: The Laurel Tree
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: g | eA A/A/A e2 dc | BG G/G/G BEEa | eA A/A/A e2 dc | BGAG gee :| ~
ABC
X: 4
T: The Laurel Tree
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eA ~A2 e2ed|BG~G2 Bcdg|eA ~A2 e2dc|BGdG BAA2|
eA ~A2 e2dc|BG~G2 BcdB|e3f gbag|gedB BAA2:|
eaag e2dc|BG~G2 Bcdf|ea~a2 a2ga|bagb a3g|
eaag e2dc|BG~G2 BcdB|e3f gbag|gedB BAA2:|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Laurel Tree
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eA A/A/A e2 dc|BAGA Bcdg|eA A/A/A (3ege dc|BAGB ABcd|
eA A/A/A e2 dc|BAGA Bcdg|edef gbaf gedB ABcd:||
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|eaab (3aba ga|bagb abag|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|edef gbaf|gedB ABcd:||
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ABC
X: 6
T: The Laurel Tree
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eA ~A2 e2dc|BGGA Bcdg|eA ~A2 e2dc|BAGA BAA2|
eA ~A2 e2dc|BGGA Bcdg|~e3f ~g3a|gedB BAA2:|
eaag egdc|BGGA Bcdg|eaag egdc|BAGA BAA2|
eaag egdc|BGGA Bcdg|~e3f ~g3a|gedB BAA2|
eaag egdc|BGGA Bcdg|eaag a2 ga|bagb a2ag|
eaag egdc|BGGA Bcdg|~e3f ~g3a|gedB BAA2||
ABC
X: 7
T: The Laurel Tree
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eA~A2 egdc|BG~G2 B"*"cdg|eA~A2 e"*"gdc|BAGB A2 (3Bcd|
eA~A2 e"*"gdc|BAGA Bcd"*"g|~e2ef g"*"baf|gedB A2 (3Bcd:|
e"*"aag egdc|BG~G2 Bcd"*"g|eaag egdc|BAGB A2 (3Bcd|
e"*"aag egdc|BG~G2 Bcdg|~e2ef g"*"baf|gedB A2 (3Bcd|
e"*"aag egdc|BG~G2 Bcdg|eaag ~a2ga|bagb a2ag|
eaag egdc|BG~G2 Bcdg|edef g"*"baf|gedB A2 (3Bcd||
ABC

Seventeen comments

Here is The Laurel Tree, as requested by Squeezebox. This version comes from Henrik Norbeck’s collection. I should say that it is slightly different from the version I have - bar 4 of the 1st and 2nd parts can be played: BAGB A (3Bcd .

I have also heard a couple of diffferent versions of the 2nd part:

|: eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|eaag egdc|BAGA A2 (3Bcd|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcd2|~e3f gaaf|gedB A2 (3Bcd :||

i.e. bars 1 to 8 of the second part are repeated instead of playing bars 9 to 16.

and:

|:eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|eaag a2ga|bagb ~a3g|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcd2|~e3f gaaf|gedB A2 (3Bcd :||

i.e. bars 9 to 16 of the second part are repeated instead of playing bars 1 to 8.

It’s very hard to explain what I’m on about without playing it. I hope the abcs make it clear.

Why didn’t you give the version you have in the first place? If we wanted the swedish version we could always look on Norbeck’s site.

The first part of this tune is virtually identical to that of Scottish tune Lochiel’s Awa tae France. I might post it in a few days.

The Laurel Tree

In the sleeve notes of Mary MacNamara’s second solo album, this reel is mentioned as "a development from the old tune Scatter the Mud." I wonder why I haven’t realised that myself.

The Lost Indian

Liz Carroll played a version of this tune on the Irish Music from America album and its titled "The Lost Indian".

“Lochiel’s Awa’ Tae France” ~ reel ~ & shared A-parts ~ both via ‘spoon’

Key signature: E Dorian
Submitted on March 3rd 2007 by spoon.
http://www.thesession.org/tunes/6887

Here is the A-part for this from the ‘Comments’, courtesy of ‘spoon’:

K: A Dorian
|: g | eA A/A/A e2 dc | BG G/G/G BEEa | eA A/A/A e2 dc | BGAG gee :| ~

T:Laurel Bush, The
M:4/4
S:Music Of Sligo by Peter Horan And Fred Finn
R:reel
K:ADor
eA ~A2 e2ed|BG~G2 Bcdg|eA ~A2 e2dc|BGdG BAA2|
eA ~A2 e2dc|BG~G2 BcdB|e3f gbag|gedB BAA2:|
eaag e2dc|BG~G2 Bcdf|ea~a2 a2ga|bagb a3g|
eaag e2dc|BG~G2 BcdB|e3f gbag|gedB BAA2:|

The Laurel Tree

Based on the concertina duet of Hugh and Colm Healy on their cd Macalla na hOige.

X: 1
T: Laurel Tree, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
eA A/A/A e2 dc|BAGA Bcdg|eA A/A/A (3ege dc|BAGB ABcd|
eA A/A/A e2 dc|BAGA Bcdg|edef gbaf gedB ABcd:||
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|eaab (3aba ga|bagb abag|
eaag egdc|BAGA Bcdg|edef gbaf|gedB ABcd:||

Posted .

X:1
T:Laurel Tree
M:4/4
S:http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Aqgx81sV904

R:reel
K:ADor
eA ~A2 e2dc|BGGA Bcdg|eA ~A2 e2dc|BAGA BAA2|
eA ~A2 e2dc|BGGA Bcdg|~e3f ~g3a|gedB BAA2:|
eaag egdc|BGGA Bcdg|eaag egdc|BAGA BAA2|
eaag egdc|BGGA Bcdg|~e3f ~g3a|gedB BAA2|
eaag egdc|BGGA Bcdg|eaag a2 ga|bagb a2ag|
eaag egdc|BGGA Bcdg|~e3f ~g3a|gedB BAA2||

^ WHAT ON EARTH?

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