The Dogs Among The Bushes reel

Also known as Dog Among The Bushes, The Dog Among The Bushes, Dog Amongst The Bushes, The Dog Amongst The Bushes, The Dog In The Bush, Dogs Among The Brushes, Dogs Among The Rushes, Dogs Amongst The Bushes, The Dogs Amongst The Bushes, Down Among The Bushes, Na Madraí Sna Sceacha.

There are 50 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Devanny’s Goat (lots of times), Kitty Goes A-Milking (a few times), Athol Brose (a few times), The Baker (a few times) and Gorman’s (a few times).

The Dogs Among The Bushes has been added to 11 tune sets.

The Dogs Among The Bushes has been added to 289 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Dogs Among The Bushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
BG~G2 DG~G2|BG~G2 cedc|BG~G2 DGFG|AF~F2 fdcA|
BG~G2 DG~G2|BG~G2 c2cA|BG~G2 DGFG|AF~F2 fdcA||
dggf ~g3f|dg~g2 bgaf|dffe fgfe|df~f2 af~f2|
dggf ~g3f|dg~g2 bgag|bg~g2 aggf|d^cde fd=cA||
"version 2"
|:BG~G2 DG~G2|BG~G2 cedc|B2GB DGBd|AF~F2 fdcd|
BG~G2 DG~G2|BG~G2 cedc|B2Bc defd|1 cAeg fdcd:|2 cAeg fdcA||
|:dggf g2gf|dg~g2 bgaf|defe ~f3e|dfeg fdcA|
dggf ~g3f|dg~g2 bgag|bg~g2 agbg|1 d2eg fdcA:|2 d2eg fdcd||
X: 2
T: The Dogs Among The Bushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
B3 A|:GE~E2 B,E~E2|GE~E2 AcBA|GE~E2 B,EGE|FDD2 dBAF|
GE~E2 B,E~E2|GE~E2 AcBA|GFGA BcdB|1AFDF A2 BA:|2AFDF A3 c||
|:Bee2 efed|Beef gefe|Bddc dedc|Bdde fdec|
Be/e/e/e efed|Beef gefe|ge/e/e/e ~B3 c|d2 dc dcBA:|
# Added by errik .
X: 3
T: The Dogs Among The Bushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
|BG~G2 DG~G2|BGAB cedc|BG~G2 DGBG|AFAc fdcA|
BG~G2 DG~G2|BGAB cedc|BABc defd|cAFe fdcA:||
g3g2 agf|dgga bgaf|dffe fgfd|cdfg afgf|
dggf gagf|dgga bgag|bggf d3e|f2fe fdcA:||
X: 4
T: The Dogs Among The Bushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|BG G2 DG G2|BG G2 cedc|BG G2 DGFG|AF F2 fdcA|
BG G2 DG G2|BG G2 c2cA|BG G2 DGFG|AF F2 fdcA:||
dggf g3f|dg g2 bgaf|dffe fgfe|df f2 af f2|
dggf g3f|dg g2 bgag|bg g2 aggf|d^cde fd=cA:||
"version 2"
|:BG G2 DG G2|BG G2 cedc|BDGB DGBG|AF F2 fdcA|
BD D2 DG G2|BG G2 cedc|B3c defd|cAeg fdcA:||
|:dggf g3f|dg g2 bgaf|dffe f3e|dffe fdcA|
dggf g3f|dg g2 bgag|bg g2 agbg| d2eg fdcA:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Dogs Among The Bushes
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
BG~G2 DG~G2|BDGB cedc|BG~G2 DG~G2|AF~F2 fdcA|
BG~G2 DG~G2|BDGB c-[ec]cA|BGBc defd|cAFA d2cA:||
dgg^f ~g3f|dgga bga^f|dffe f3e|d2ff afgf|
dgg^f ~g3f|d2gb a2ga|b2gb a^fde|fgag fd=cA:||

Twelve comments

This tune is also played in A mixolydian.
Like many other reels, it is a descendant of a Scots Strathspey (to be found in the Atholl collection - I forget the name). The Chieftains (Chieftains 8) play it as a Strathspey (or Highland?), then break into the reel, all in Amix.

Dogs

Also recorded by "Planxty" on "Cold, Blow & The Rainy Night"
and Paddy Carty - "Master Collector Series Vol 1"

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F Natural

I’m not sure what recording I’m basing this on or whose playing but for my ear it sounds better with a change to F natural in bar 4.
Try it and see what you think.
Cheers
Donough

F natural

That was what I meant by A mixolydian - although, of course, in Amix it would be G-natural instead of F-natural. Am I making sense?

HIgh F

As a struggling piper, I find that popping the high f in the first part sounds preety good to, just don’t over do it!

Strathspey variation

The strathspey variation is called Athole Brose - key of D…

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Altan and Solas both recorded this in E Mixolydian, I’m not sure how common of a variation that is? I prefer playing it in E on the fiddle.

B3 A|:GE~E2 B,E~E2|GE~E2 AcBA|GE~E2 B,EGE|FDD2 dBAF|
GE~E2 B,E~E2|GE~E2 AcBA|GFGA BcdB|1AFDF A2 BA:|2AFDF A3 c||
|:Bee2 efed|Beef gefe|Bddc dedc|Bdde fdec|
Be/e/e/e efed|Beef gefe|ge/e/e/e ~B3 c|d2 dc dcBA:|

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Is this an ancestor of "Kiss the Maid behind the Barrel"?

Gmix setting

Here’s the setting we play in our session. It’s similar to Altan’s setting (although they recorded it in Emix). In the fifth measure of the B-part, we often play that first F as an F#.

X:1
T:Dogs Among The Bushes, The
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:reel
K:Gmix
|BG~G2 DG~G2|BGAB cedc|BG~G2 DGBG|AFAc fdcA|
BG~G2 DG~G2|BGAB cedc|BABc defd|cAFe fdcA:||
g3g2 agf|dgga bgaf|dffe fgfd|cdfg afgf|
dggf gagf|dgga bgag|bggf d3e|f2fe fdcA:||

A mixolydians’ relative major is D Major. Not G, or F.

Re: The Dogs Among The Bushes X:2

About errik version X:2
the Key mentioned is G, but it sounds obviously as an E minor tune, so I think that "K:Em" would be more accurate to keep the same key signature (F sharp) ;-).
But then it’s to me a quite different tune, which make me think of Fermoy Lasses, at least for the first part (except that the "B" of the 1st part are "B," one octave lower in errik version):
P:Dunmore Lasses (as I transcribed it … years ago)
K:Edor
F|GE~E2 BEEF |GFED B2BA |GE~E2 BEE2 |FADE FGA/G/F |
GE~E2 BEEF |GFED B3A |GE~E2 BE E2 |FADE FGAF ||
P:Dogs Among the Bushes (X:2 errik version)
|:GE~E2 B,E~E2|GE~E2 AcBA|GE~E2 B,EGE|FDD2 dBAF|
GE~E2 B,E~E2|GE~E2 AcBA|GFGA BcdB|1 AFDF A2 BA:|2 AFDF A3 c||

But all of that is finally to conclude that the key of X:2 is probably wrong and that more certainly it has to be "A major", what drive us back to Dogs Among the Bushes :-)

That’s a funny but interesting experimentation of the feature of the abc langage to create a quite new tune just by changing the K: field :-D

The Dogs Among The Bushes, X:5

I like the darker mixolydian mood of this setting, which I prefer to the G major one. Picked it from Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh’s album The Nervous Man (he plays it in Eb on the CD).