The Bird In The Bush
What a shame nobody has bothered to comment on this classic tune - a standard in all Irish sessions I’m sure. This is one of the first reels I learnt when I first started playing Irish music. Some people I know call it the Bird In The *Tree*. In bar 3 I’ve always played |EA~A2 BG~G2| or |EAAc BG~G2| but I quite like Josh’s version |EGAd BG~G2|.
Here’s an alternative that carries the feel of Dow’s third bar rolls and also makes use of the C natural giving a different tonal feel in the passing notes (I think this is pretty much what’s played on the Conhaltas Foinn Seisiun CD, although not everyone is playing exactly the same thing)
T: Bird In The Bush, The
|: d2eB dB~B2|dBAB G2AG|EA~A2 BGGA|BG (3Bde g2ge|
d2eB dB~B2|dBAB ~G3E|DEGA B2Bc|dBAc BG~G2:|
|:(3Bcd ef g2fg|afdf gfed|Bdef ~g3b|agab ~g3a|
bg~g2 agef|~g3e dB~B2|DEGA B2Bc|dBAc BG~G2:|
You can check out the Foinn Seisiún version at http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/bird_in_the_bush/ which is very similar to Mark’s transcription.
“The Birds In The Tree” ~ hornpipe ~ all in the family 8-)
Key signature: A & G Major
Submitted on June 26th 2007 by ceolachan.
Is this one of Marcus Hearnon’s tunes?
He plays it, I’m sure, but didn’t compose it.
The Bird in the Bush..
..can mean many things these days… 11th C ago, it could take on this form:
Int én bec
ro léc feit
do rinn guip
ós Loch Laíg,
lon do chraíb
which means something like:
Quick liquid trills from the waterside whin;
yellow-bill in yellow!
that’s my take on it, anyhow. And sorry, I meant: ‘11 centuries’ ago…
…but the theme has proved popular with poets since, not just musicians.
e.g; Augustus Young’s
I’m a beech
an elm or an oak
The sky is beyond reach
My top branch broke
When a blackbird
threw his voice to the sun
with such ease it was heard
and if you know the name of the poet who wrote that short one, please let me know. J. E. would be his initials (I think it was a he) and the rhyme was culled from an anthology, if I remember well.
The bird in the branches
sings and sings and rain
drops fall from the shaken spray.
The only song he sings
-the only way.
The Bird in the Tree
and if that wasn’t good or cool enough for you, hear this here one from my hero:
A bird flies and has wings
And it certainly sings
A bird when it sings is always certain.
It sings and sings about certain things,
Like flying and having wings
Or being only a bird in a tree
Free is when you are being certain
And wanting to sing certainly
About certain things.
A bird is free and certainly sings.
It sings and sings about flying and having wings
Or being always a certain thing
When it is only a bird in a tree
By the way, I love this tune!
plays an incredible version of this on The Quiet Glen.