The Bunch Of Green Rushes reel

There are 45 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Baltimore Salute (a few times), The Maids Of Mitchelstown (a few times), The Spike Island Lasses (a few times), Sporting Nell (a few times) and Toss The Feathers (a few times).

The Bunch Of Green Rushes has been added to 9 tune sets.

The Bunch Of Green Rushes has been added to 185 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Bunch Of Green Rushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
d|:cAGA ~=F3d|cAGc AddA|cAGA =F2eg|^fdec Ad~d2:|
|:addA cAGA|~=FGAc {d}cAG2|AddA cAGA|1 cdeg {a}gedc:|2 cdeg {a}gece||
|d2^fd adfd|c2ec gcec|d2fd adfd|cAGc ADDA|
|d2fd adfd|c2ec gceg|gf (3gfe fedc|dcAG Add||
X: 2
T: The Bunch Of Green Rushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
d|TcAGE ~=F3 A|TcAGc Ad ~d2|TcAGE =F2eg|fdec Ad d2|
TcAGE T=F2 Ad|TcAGc Ad{e}d2|TcAGE =FAdg|fdec Ad ~d2||
||Ad{e}dB cAGE|~=F2 Ad cAGc|Ad{e}dB cAGA|(B/c/d) eg fdec|
Ad{e}dB cAGE|~=F2 Ad cAGc|Ad{e}dB cAGA|(B/c/d) eg fdd||
||A|d3 f adfd|Tc2 ec gcec|d2 fd adfd|cAGc ADD z|
d2 fd adfd|Tc2 ec gc e/f/g|~a3g eged|cAGc ADD|]
# Added by drone .
X: 3
T: The Bunch Of Green Rushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
d|:cAGE ~=F3d|cAGc AddB|cAGE =F2ag|^fdec AddB:|
|:AddB cAGE|~=FGAc {d}cAGc|AddB cAGA|1 cdeg {a}gedc:|2 cdeg {a}gecA||
|d2^fd adfd|c2ec gcec|d2fd adfd|cAGc Addc|
|d2fd adfd|c2cB cdeg|gf (3gfe fded|cAGc Add2||
# Added by bobbi .
X: 4
T: The Bunch Of Green Rushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:cAGE =F3d|cAGc AddB|cAGE =F2 zg|^fdec AddB|
cAGE =F3d|cAGc AD D2|cAGE =F2 zg|^fdec AddB||
|:AddB cAGE|=FGAc AEAc|AddB cAGA| cdeg aged|
AddB cAGE|=FGAc Ad d2|AddB cAGE|cdeg eA A2||
|:d3^f afdf|c3e gece|d3f afdf|cAGc Addc|
|d3f afdf|c3B cdeg|afge fdec|dcAG Add2||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Bunch Of Green Rushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d|cAGA G/F/E FG|cAGB Adde|cAGA FEFg|fdec Adde|
cAGA G/F/E FG|cAGB Adde|cAGA FEFg|fdec AddA||
defg abaf|gece gage|defg abaf|gece fd A/B/c|
defg bafd|cdef g2 fg|afge fdec|dcAG Add||

Seven comments

Transcribed from a recording of my local session. I actually play the version transcribed on Henrik Norbeck’s site (#93) which is almost the same, but includes some nice B naturals in the first part. I thought it pointless to duplicate that version here though.

There is also another very different version with only 2 parts and no F naturals which can be found on JC’s index.

I find the version with F naturals much more interesting. It is really hard for backers to find the chords on first hearing because the scale is unusual. Those F naturals are suggesting an F lydian scale whether you include B naturals in the scale or leave a gap where they belong. I’ve found the best way to get round this is to play chords of F, C and G, and then just when you’re about to go into Dmix for the last part, anticipate the change with an Am chord:

|: F | F C | F C | G :|
|: F | F C | F G | Am :|
| D | C G | D | Am C | D | C | Em | Am G ||

If anyone discovers any good chord sequences for this please post.

Listen to Alec Finn’s backing of this tune

On the Frankie Gavin/Alec Finn album (not Da Dannan) of c.1977. He’s a great backer and people will probably find it difficult to follow, since Lord knows how he’s got his bazouki tuned.

BTW, I thought the first two parts were pretty much straight D min? That’s the way I hear it anyway…

The Bunch of Green Rushes

Tommy Peoples and Kevin Burke have a different ending for the tune. Can anyone post the ABC for the last two bars of their version.

Peoples version

Cape Breton fiddler Paul Cranford has published this and some other tunes from "Waiting for a Call" in abc at his site (great site)… good solid transcriptions…
X:7
T:Bunch of Green Rushes
R:reel
D:Tommy Peoples’s - Waiting for a Call, Shanachie 2003
Z:Paul Stewart Cranford (P.S.C.), <http://www.cranfordpub.com>
L:1/8
Q:333
M:C|
K:Dmix
d|TcAGE ~=F3 A|TcAGc Ad ~d2|TcAGE =F2eg|fdec Ad d2|
TcAGE T=F2 Ad|TcAGc Ad{e}d2|TcAGE =FAdg|fdec Ad ~d2||
||Ad{e}dB cAGE|~=F2 Ad cAGc|Ad{e}dB cAGA|(B/c/d) eg fdec|
Ad{e}dB cAGE|~=F2 Ad cAGc|Ad{e}dB cAGA|(B/c/d) eg fdd||
||A|d3 f adfd|Tc2 ec gcec|d2 fd adfd|cAGc ADD z|
d2 fd adfd|Tc2 ec gc e/f/g|~a3g eged|cAGc ADD|]

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As taught by Patrick Ourceau

ok, here’s Patrick Ourceau’s version of Paddy Canny playing it.
The last note of the 4th bar of the third part of the tune (wow, that’s a mouthful) is sometimes played as a c and sometimes c# I have it in the abc as a c. Here it is:
X: 1
T: Bunch Of Green Rushes, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmix
d|:cAGE ~=F3d|cAGc AddB|cAGE =F2ag|^fdec AddB:|
|:AddB cAGE|~=FGAc {d}cAGc|AddB cAGA|1 cdeg {a}gedc:|2 cdeg {a}gecA||
|d2^fd adfd|c2ec gcec|d2fd adfd|cAGc Addc|
|d2fd adfd|c2cB cdeg|gf (3gfe fded|cAGc Add2||

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This tune is in O’Neill’s 1,850 tunes (yellow book), # 1202. The B part found there is rather different, but I like it better. There is no C part there, although the C part here suits the tune just fine.

I’d take care to start this tune at a session unless I knew the other musicians there had the same B part….or you don’t mind doing a solo. I haven’t really heard the two B parts played simultaneously, so I don’t know if they blend well.

This is one of my favorite tunes!