The Bunch Of Rushes hornpipe

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Bunch Of Rushes
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
de|f2ef gfef|d2dc AGFA|cBcd ecdB|A2AB A2de|
f2ef gfef|d2dc AGFA|cBcd dcAG|E2D2 D2GA|
B2AB c2Bc|A2AG FGAB|cBcd ecdB|A2AB A2de|
f2ef gfef|d2dc AGFA|cBcd dcAG|E2D2 D2z2|
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Four comments

Bunch of Rushes

A grand little tune, this. Needs to be played at a steady tempo - definitely not a fast tune! Hornpipes are usually played with a dotted rhythm but this sounds really good played straight. you can get a great deal of variety mixing the two rhythms; say, first all through straight, then repeated dotted, or by mixing dotted and straight phrase by phrase as you feel.

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I should have added that it’s modal, not G Major, but I can never remember the proper names each of the modes. Also, it’s very similar in structure and feel to ‘The Little Heathy Hill’; another fine tune.

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I’d take a stab and say Dmix.


Interesting tune. It reminds me of Chief O’Neill’s Favourite.