Source: Willy Clancy
I love this tune!
Me too. Sounds lovely and dark on the flute.
A real classic - surprised it hasn’t been posted before. A great favourite with pipers.
Kenny has it right. Its a classic.
The Old Copperplate and The Old Bush are two different tunes, both great reels
“the old bush” . guitar chords
I’m looking for backing chords for "the old bush".
This tune goes between A mixolydian and A Dorian - the D is just the first note.
This title was given to the tune on a recording by Michael Coleman and Galway flute player Tom Morrison.
Nice tune. Below is a version quite similar to Martin Hayes’ open and spacious treatment on "The Lonesome Touch".
T:The Old Bush 
T:The Long Hills of Mourne
N:printed settings include CRE I 105, O’Neill’s DMI 781
N:("Captain Rock") and Petrie’s "Complete Collection" no. 907
Z:Transcribed by Paul de Grae
A2 GA cA ~A2 | d^cde fdec | A2 GA cAGA | dfef cAdc |
A2 GA cAGB | Add^c defg | (3agf (3gfe fde^c | dfed cA A2 ||
eg ~g2 edcd | efge ~c3 d | eg ~g2 afge | dfed cA A2 |
eg ~g2 ag ~g2 | fgfe defg | (3agf (3gfe fde^c | dfed cA A2 ||
Watch M. Hayes play the tune with D. Cahill on the guitar: http://www.custysmusic.com/mall/CustysTraditionalMusicShop/martin_hayes_and_dennis_cahill.htm
when not paying attention (you know, someone throws it into a set in the middle of session and when the set is done you ask, "what was that third tune you played?" "Oh yeah, the Old Bush"), I tend to want to back this tune playing A modal or minor chords in the A part and E chords on the B part. But Ged Foley and Dennis Cahill (appears that is what Dennis is playing in slainte’s link above) both taught it to me playing D modal chords in the A part and A chords in the B part. it just seems one of those tunes that defies specific chordal logic - and is all the btter for it IMHO.
I too tend to hear the A part in A modal, going to a D major chord. As for the B, I start on a C major and move up to D major (it looks like Cahill is doing something similar in the video, I think—it looks like he moves up to a D shape on the 10th fret as the second chord in the B section).
The first two measures of the B spell out a C major chord all over the place. Just another example where conventional progressions don’t fit some of these tunes (whether those are harmonic or modal progressions).
On their album *Soulstice*, Todd Denman and Aniar play "The Old Bush" in Dmajor under the name "The New Bush."
The C natural that comes out in the second part is so expressive. Love it every time.
what chords i have to play with my guitar?
In response to a request in discussions, here are some chords for this tune: For the version seen in the sheetmusic:
|:Am - - - | D - - - |Am - - - | D - - - |
Am - - - | D - - - | D - - - | D - Am - :|
|:C - - - |C - - - |C - Am - |D - Am - |
C - - - |A(m) - D - |D - - -|D - Am - :|
N.B. A(m) indicates that either a major or minor chord can be used, according to taste.
For the alternate setting posted by Drone above, the last line needs to be altered thus:
C - - - |D - - - |D - - -|D - Am - :|
For an alternative accompaniment to the A part, you can stay on a D5 (D, but omitting the 3rd) chord throughout.
On the descending ‘staircase’ run in the penultimate bars of the A and B parts, you could elaborate, thus:
D G D A |
D A D G |
D Em D/F#2 - |
As for the alternative A-part accompaniment, the final bar of the B-part could use D5 throughout.
These are just a few out of many possibilities. Perhaps others will offer their chord choices.
here are Tony O’Rourkes chords. They show perhaps less of the ear-twisting influence of classical, jazz, pop and funky modern trad backers than my convoluted effort above:
"I’m using zookman’s computer but it’s Tony O’Rourke here. I often play a D without the F or F# in it and refer to the chord as D Undefined.
My chords for Old Bush are something like this:
D C/ D / D C / D C / D C / D / D /D C //(1ST PART)
C / C G/ C /C Am/C /D /D /D C//(2ND PART)
I learnt the tune from a recording by banjo player Liam Farrell in a band called Le Cheile, with Raymond Roland on accordeon.
The Old Bush
The second tune here by Noel Carbery, Jimmy Flanagan, J McGrath.
Cormac Breatnach & Martin Dunlea
Third tune http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6dH9832d7Rg
(Sorry all for the recent Cormac binge…)
Tommy Potts playing on The Liffey Banks album is very expressive. In Breathnach it is shown as collected from his father piper Sean Potts. Called the Long Hills of Mourne. Great tune. I seem to remember the tune is like a song tune , possible the Hll of the Hawthorns in Irish
Nollaig Casey, Breda Smith, Arty McGlynn, Jimmy Higgins
First tune: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KS2H8HHM8HE
Jarlath Henderson’s Version
Love this version of The Old Bush by Jarlath Henderson. This is pretty close to what Jarlath is doing.
What are the two tunes after it on The album?
The Old Bush
Here’s Chris McMullan playing this tune on the pipes:
for me the best of these guitar vids of the Old Bush is the one where Arty McGlynn is picking
the melody -listen to John Doyle’s version of the tune with McCusker and McGoldrick, not sure if its on YouTube but well worth looking for