The Dregs Of Birch reel

Also known as The Dreg’s Of Birch.

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Dregs Of Birch has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Dregs Of Birch has been added to 36 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Dregs Of Birch
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B2 AG Bded | GBAG E2 GA | Bdgf edGA | BdBA GE E2 |
B2 AG B2 (3def | gfed g2 GA | B2 BG A2 ed | de G2 G2 z2:|
|: e3f gfed |GBBA Ge e2 | e2 de g3a | gfed g4 |
edef gfed | GBBA Gedc | B3A AGed | de G2 G2 z2:|
X: 2
T: The Dregs Of Birch
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: c2 BA cefe | AcBA F2 AB | ceag feAB | cecB BAAB |
c2 BA c3g | agfe aAAB | c3c BABc | ecBc A4:|
|: f3g agfe |accB Affg | f3g a3b | agfe a3g |
fefg agfe | accB Afed | c3B BABc | ecBc A4:|
X: 3
T: The Dregs Of Birch
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: B2 AG (3Bcd ed | GBAG E2 GA | (3Bcd gf edGA | (3Bcd BA GE E2 |
B2 AG (3Bcd ed| gfed g2 GA | B3G A2 ed | d<e G2 G4:||
|: e3f gfed |GBBA GE E2 | edef g3a | gfed g3f |
edef gfed | GBAG dged | B3G A2 ed | d<e G2 G4:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Dregs Of Birch
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
d2 cB (3def gf | BdcB FGBc | (3def ba gf Bc | (3def dc BG GF |
d2 cB (3def ga | bagf b2 Bc | d2 dB c2 gf | fg B2 B4 :|
g3a bagf | Bd2c BGGF | gfga b3 c' | bagf b2ab |
gfga bagf | Bd2c Bgfe | d2 dB c2 gf | fg B2 B4 :|
# Added by DomW .
X: 5
T: The Dregs Of Birch
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
| : c2 BA cefe | AcBA F2 AB | ceag feAB | cecB AFF2 |
c2 BA cefg | agfe aeAB | cAAc B2 FE |1 FA A3 AB:|2 FA A3 fe||
|: f2 ef agfe |accB AFF2 | f2ef agab | agfe a3e |
fefg agfe | accB AFAB | cAAc B2 FE |1 FA A3 fe:|2 FA A3 AB|

Ten comments

The Dregs Of Birch

I got this nice slow reel from the excellent ‘Tuned Up’ album by Brendan Mulholland, Brendan Hendry and Paul McSherry. They play it in Bb but I’ve posted it here in the more session friendly key of G. As I bought the album on itunes I’m not sure if the tune’s traditional or not.

Dregs of Birch - composer

The CD credits this to Tania Elizabeth but unfortunately the sleeve notes don’t elaborate. It’s an excellent tune, thanks.

I think it works very well at a livelier pace too.

I haven’t tried birch wine yet so I don’t know what effect on my playing drinking it to the dregs would have. Presumably it would induce as much serenity as this tune does.

The Dregs Of Birch, X:2

I learnt it like this in Amaj!

“The Duhks”….

https://youtu.be/XJjbVA3E6Dg


Tania Elizabeth - mentioned above - was a member of Canadian band "The Duhks". You can hear their version of this from 1.00 in the above "Youtube" video.

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Re: The Dregs Of Birch

I’m glad you like the tune!

I wrote it originally in A major, both as an air and a reel.

The Dregs Of Birch, X:4

Lovely version (in B flat major not G minor, but the session doesn’t give me that option) for low F whistle from the Lunasa CD Cas.
(They go from this into a version in F on the CD)

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The Dregs Of Birch, X:5

This is a transcription of the version that Tania Elizabeth, the tune’s author, plays on the Duhks’ second album. I don’t know why all the other versions here have high notes at the end of each part; it’s not how she wrote it, and it frankly sounds funny to me.

Re: The Dregs Of Birch

JHowley - "it’s not how she wrote it". I clearly stated that it was a transcription from Brendan Mulholland’s playing.