The Lone Bush hornpipe

By Ed Reavy

There are 19 recordings of this tune.

The Lone Bush appears in 2 other tune collections.

The Lone Bush has been added to 6 tune sets.

The Lone Bush has been added to 45 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Lone Bush
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GA (3 Bcd c2 dB|GA (3 Bcd c2 Bc|dg (3 fga gfdc|(3 Bcd BG =FDCD|
GA (3 Bcd c2 dB|GA (3 Bcd c2 Bc|dgfd cAFA|1 G2 (3 AGF GDEF:|2 G2 (3 AGF G2 (3 Bcd||
gd (3 Bcd =fc (3 ABc|gd (3 Bcd f2 (3 def|gb (3fga gfde|(3 fga (3 gfe fdcA|
GA (3 Bcd c2 dB|GA (3 Bcd c2 Bc|dgfd cAFA|1 G2 (3 AGF G2 (3 Bcd:|2 G2 (3 AGF G4||
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2
X: 2
T: The Lone Bush
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D>F|G>AB>d (3cBc d>B|G>AB>d c2 B>c|d>gf>a g>fd>c|B>GD>E =F>DC>E|
G>AB>d (3cBc d>B|G>AB>d c2 B>c|d>gf>d c>AF>G|1 A>GG>F G2:|2 A>GG>F G>AB>d||
g>d (3Bcd =f>cA>d|g>d (3Bcd =f2 (3de^f|g>be>a g>fd>e|(3fga g>e f>dc>A|
G>AB>d (3cBc d>B|G>AB>d c2 B>c|d>gf>d c>AF>G|1 A>GG>F G>AB>d:|2 A>GG>F G2||
3
X: 3
T: The Lone Bush
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF|:GA (3Bcd (3cBc dB|GA (3Bcd c2 Bc|dg (3fga gf d2|(3Bcd BG FD cA|
GA (3Bcd (3cBc dB|GA (3Bcd c2 Bc|dg fd cB (3DEF|1 AG GF G2 (3DEF:|2 AG GF G2 (3def||
|:gd (3Bcd fd (3Bcd|gd (3Bcd f2 ef|ga fa ge d2|(3fga ge fd BA|GA (3Bcd (3cBc dB|
GA (3Bcd c2 Bc|dg fd cB (3DEF|1 AG GF G2 (3def:|2 AG GF G2 (3DEF||
4
X: 4
T: The Lone Bush
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF|G>AB>d (3(cBc) d>B|{/B}G>AB>d c2 B>c|d>g (3(fga) {/b}g>fd>B-|(3Bcd ((3Bcd) c>AF>A|
G>AB>d (3(cBc) d>B|{/B}G>AB>d c2 B>c|d>!slide!gf>d c>AF>A|!slide!G2 {/B}G>F G2 (3DEF|
G>AB>d (3(cBc) d>B|{/B}G>AB>d c2 B>c|d>g (3fga {/b}g>fd>(c|B)>GD>E =F>Dc>d|
G>AB>d (3(cBc) d>B|{/B}G>AB>d c2 B>c|d>gf>d c>AF>A|G2 {/B}G>F G2 ((3B^cd)|
{/b}g>d ((3B^cd) =f>cA>c|g>d ((3B^cd) =f2 ((3de^f)|g>d ((3fga) {/b}g>fd>e|(3fga {/b}g>e {/a}f>dc>A|
G>AB>d (3(cBc) d>B|G>AB>d c2 B>c|d>g{/a}f>d c>AF>A|G2 {/B}G>F G2 ((3B^cd)
{/b}g>d (3B^cd =f>cA>c|g>d (3B^cd =f2 ((3de^f)|g>d ((3fga) {/b}g>fd>e|(3fga g>e {/a}f>dc>A|
G>AB>d (3(cBc) d>B|{/B}G>AB>d c2 B>c|d>g{/a}f>d c>A ((3FGA)|G2 ((3AGF) G2||
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Seven comments

The Lone Bush

This is as I recall playing it from some years ago. It used to be popular in Edinburgh, and I can remember playing it with Peter Boond on cittern, and also John Martin on fiddle. I think John may have recorded it with Billy Ross. It’s an Ed Reavy composition, but no doubt has been "modified" over the years since he composed it. I seem to remember that Liz Carroll recorded it too, on an LP on the "Rounder" label, which was all Reavy compositions.

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Good tune. Unfortunately, I didn’t learn to play it amongst such illustrious company. We got taught it "at the ALP". 🙂
However, I think Simon Bradley was our tutor so that’s not too bad.

The Lone Bush

There is a story behind this one (as always).

The lone bush is usually found on a hill (a fairy fort), and if you damage it or uproot it, the fairy-folk will come after you, haunt you, play tricks on you, and you will be looking over your shoulder for the rest of your life.

A friend of mine bulldozed one and fell into a lake (honest).

If you do manage to uproot it, there will be a large hole and and at the bottom of the hole, you will find a fairy-fountain.

A West Clare motorway was diverted either side of a lone bush, leaving it stuck up on an island (allegedly).

The bush, near Latoon. Newmarket on Fergus, got a protective fence while road building was in progress. No roads were diverted for it. It was vandalised soon after the road opened though.

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The Lone Bush

I transcribed this a long time ago from a radion programme (‘Travelling Folk’ with Archie Fisher, BBC Radio Scotland), but I wrote the title as "The Rowan Bush" - simply mishearing Archie’s diction. It was from John Martin and Billy Ross’s album, and it was only years later when I got the album that I realised my mistake. Terrific tune, which they played after "The Hut On Staffin Island".

X:986
T:Lone Bush, The
C:Ed Reavy
S:LP-John Martin & Billy Ross
Z:Nigel Gatherer
L:1/8
M:4/4
K:G
D>F | G>AB>d (3cBc d>B | G>AB>d c2 B>c | d>gf>a g>fd>c | B>GD>E =F>DC>E |
G>AB>d (3cBc d>B | G>AB>d c2 B>c | d>gf>d c>AF>G |1 A>GG>F G2 :|2 A>GG>F G>AB>d ||
g>d (3Bcd =f>cA>d | g>d (3Bcd =f2 (3de^f | g>be>a g>fd>e | (3fga g>e f>dc>A |
G>AB>d (3cBc d>B | G>AB>d c2 B>c | d>gf>d c>AF>G |1 A>GG>F G>AB>d :|2 A>GG>F G2 |]

The Lone Bush

Here’s a version I got from the flute player Tara Diamond, from a Youtube video and a workshop. Nice on the flute.

X: 3
T: The Lone Bush
R: Hornpipe
C: Ed Reavy
S: Tara Diamond
Z: Mike McGann
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(3DEF |: GA (3Bcd (3cBc dB | GA (3Bcd c2 Bc|dg (3fga gf d2 | (3Bcd BG FD cA |
GA (3Bcd (3cBc dB | GA (3Bcd c2 Bc | dg fd cB (3DEF | 1 AG GF G2 (3DEF :| 2 AG GF G2 (3def ||
|: gd (3Bcd fd (3Bcd | gd (3Bcd f2 ef | ga fa ge d2 | (3fga ge fd BA | GA (3Bcd (3cBc dB |
GA (3Bcd c2 Bc | dg fd cB (3DEF | 1 AG GF G2 (3def :| AG GF G2 (3DEF ||