The Queen Of The Rushes jig

Also known as Banríon Na Luachra, Bridging The Gap, The Chorus.

There are 45 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Gander In The Pratie Hole (lots of times), A Cup Of Tea (a few times), A.A. Cameron’s (a few times), The Cliffs Of Dooneen (a few times) and The Famous Ballymote (a few times).

The Queen Of The Rushes has been added to 10 tune sets.

The Queen Of The Rushes has been added to 218 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Queen Of The Rushes
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AG|:F2D DEF|G2E EFG|F2D DAF|GED DAG|
F2D DEF|G2E EFG|ABA GEA|1 DED DAG:|2 DED D2B||
|:c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|d2e fed|ecA A2B|
c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|~F3 GEA|1 DED D2B:|2 DED DFG||
~A3 dAF|~A3 dAF|~G3 EFG|EFG EFG|
~A3 dAF|~A3 dAG|~F3 GEA|DED DFG|
~A3 dAF|~A3 dAF|~G3 EFG|=cEE EFG|
~A3 dAF|~A3 dAG|~F3 GEA|DED D||
X: 2
T: The Queen Of The Rushes
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
AG|:F2D DAF|G2E EDE|F2D DAD|AFD DAG|
F2D DAF|G2E EDE|F2A GEA|1DED DAG:|2DED D2||
|:B|c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|d2e fed|ecA AGE|
c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|~F3 GEA|1DED D2:|2DED D||
|:EG|~A3 dAF|~A3 dAF|~G3 EGE|cBc EFG|
~A3 dAF|~A3 dAG|EFF GEA|DED D:|
X: 3
T: The Queen Of The Rushes
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
AG|:F2D DAF|G2E EDE|F2D DAD|AFD DAG|
F2D DAF|G2E EDE|F2A GEA|1DED DAG:|2DED D2|:B|
c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|d2e fed|ecA AGE|
c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|~F3 GEA|1DED D2:|2DED D|:EG|
~A3 dAF|~A3 dAF|~G3 EGE|cBc EFG|
~A3 dAF|~A3 dAG|EFF GEA|DED D:|
X: 4
T: The Queen Of The Rushes
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|:B2G GdB|c2A AGA|B2G GdA|cAG FGA|
B2G B2G|c2A c2A|ded cAd|1 ~G3 Gdc:|2 GAG G g2||
|:fed efg|afd cAd|~g3 bag|afd d2e|
=fed e^fg|afd cAd|ded cAd|1 G3 G g2:|2 G3 GBc||
d (3Bcd gdB|d (3Bcd gdB|cBc ABc|ABc ABc|
d (3Bcd gdB|d (3Bcd gdc|cBc Adc|BGF GBc:||
X: 5
T: The Queen Of The Rushes
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|BBB GBd|cBc ABc|BBB GBd|cAG FGA|
BBB GBd|cBc ABc|ded cAG|1 AGF G:|2 AGF Gg2||
|:fed efg|afd cAF|GBd gdg|afd d2g|
fed efg|afd cAF|ded cAG|1 AGF Gg2:|2 AGF ABc|
|:d3 gfB|d3 gfB|c3 ABc|ABc ABc|
d3 gfB|d3 gfc|BBB cAF|1AGF GAB:|2 AGF G3||
X: 6
T: The Queen Of The Rushes
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
AG|:F2D DAF|G2E EDE|F2D D3|AFD DAG|
F2D DAF|G2E EDE|F2A GEA|1D3 DAG:|2D3 D2B||
|:c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|d2e fed|ecA AGE|
c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|F3 GEA|1D3 D2:|2D3 DEG||
|:A3 dAF|A3 dAF|G3 E3|cBc EFG|
A3 dAF|A3 dAG|EFF GEA|D3 D2:||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Queen Of The Rushes
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A/G/|F2D D3|G2E E3|F2D D3|GED DAG|
F2D F2D|G2E E3|FAF GEA|D3 D2:||
|:c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|d2e f2d|ecA AGE|
c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|FAF GEA|D3 D3:||
|:F/G/|A3 dAF|A3 dAF|G3 EGE|GBG EFG|
A3 dAF| A3 dAG|FAF GEA|D3 D2
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: The Queen Of The Rushes
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
AG |:~F2D DAF | ~G2E EAG | ~F2D DAF | GED D2E |
~F2D ~F2D | GFG EFG | ABA GEA |1 D~D2 DAG :|2D~D2 DAB|]
|: ~c2A Bcd | ec (A {d}A)GE | ~d2e fed | e^cA A2B |
~c2A Bcd | ec/B/A AGE | ~F3 GEA |1 D~D2 DAB :|2 D~D2 DFG |]
|: A~A2 dAF | AFA dAF | ~G3 ~E3 | cBc EFG |
A~A2 dAF | ABA dAG | ~F3 GEA |1 D~D2 DFG :|2 D~D2 DAG |]

Twenty comments

A cousin of The Humours of Ennistymon, Coppers & Brass etc. Tommy Peoples plays it on his album The Iron Man, with Daith

Variation

Planxty play it a little differently, I got it from their recording (and was aided by this site in the details). Great tune!
In any case, I play the first few bars AG | FFD DAF | G E3 , and starting from the 3rd bar in the second part G3 E3 | AGA EFG which is (more or less) the way I heard Planxty play it. Just felt like telling you that because I really like that variation.

Source: Mike Rafferty - speed 78
Transcription: gian marco pietrasanta

Duplicated

Great tune, but it was already posted as "The Queen of the Rushes": https://thesession.org/tunes/710 I personally prefer Gian Marco’s transcription though. It’s definitely in Dmix.

It appears as "The Chorus Jig" on Maeve Donnelly and Peadar O’Loughlin’s recent duet album. It seem an East Galway tune.

T:Bower, The
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Mike Rafferty - speed 78
R:jig
Z:gian marco pietrasanta
K:DMix
AG|:F2D DAF|G2E EDE|F2D DAD|AFD DAG|
F2D DAF|G2E EDE|F2A GEA|1DED DAG:|2DED D2|:B|
c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|d2e fed|ecA AGE|
c2A Bcd|ecA AGE|~F3 GEA|1DED D2:|2DED D|:EG|
~A3 dAF|~A3 dAF|~G3 EGE|cBc EFG|
~A3 dAF|~A3 dAG|EFF GEA|DED D:|

Not in Dmaj!

And of course, Dmix is the correct key for this tune.

The Chorus Reel mistaken for the jig?

I’ve checked out some recordings here (Jerry O’sullivans - Invasion, Paddy in the smoke) and it seems that the chorus IS there but as a reel.

What say you?

Ofer, it just says "Recordings of a tune by this name." The link doesn’t bring you directly to the tune you are looking for.

Here’s a tune called "The Chorus Reel": https://thesession.org/tunes/779

I kearned this version in G from Munich piper Rolf Knüsel who got it from Maire Ni Ghrada.
X: 1
T: Queen Of The Rushes, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K:Gmaj
dc|:B2G GdB|c2A AGA|B2G GdA|cAG FGA|
B2G B2G|c2A c2A|ded cAd|1 ~G3 Gdc:|2 GAG G g2||
|:fed efg|afd cAd|~g3 bag|afd d2e|
=fed e^fg|afd cAd|ded cAd|1 G3 G g2:|2 G3 GBc||
d (3Bcd gdB|d (3Bcd gdB|cBc ABc|ABc ABc|
d (3Bcd gdB|d (3Bcd gdc|cBc Adc|BGF GBc:||

Tune/title confusion

The jig posted here is, indeed, "Queen of the Rushes" and not "The Bower." I wrote "The Bower" and gave it to Mike after being inspired by his music. Mike was kind enough to record it, in a set with "Jenny Picking Cockles." Unfortunately, a couple of the tracks on Speed 78 are mis-labeled, which has resulted in some confusion. Thanks — Paul Wells.

“The Queen of the Rushes” = “The Chorus Jig”

Key signature: D Mixolydian
Submitted on August 12th 2005 by gian marco.
https://thesession.org/tunes/4848

A duplication / another transcript…

Slainte: "Not in Dmaj! —- And of course, Dmix is the correct key for this tune".

Tommy Peoples has it in Dmaj and this is the version that has been transcribed here. You might disagree with TP’s interpretation but I wouldn’t go so far as to say it’s incorrect…

Key of G

Great tune! I had work on Paddy O’Hare’s version of it, which I like most. Here it is my transcription. Hope you enjoy! :)

X: 1
T: Queen Of The Rushes, The
S: Paddy O’Hare - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XH7W6qij57o

M: 6/8
L: 1/8
Z: Alex Navar
R: jig
K: Gmaj
dc|BBB GBd|cBc ABc|BBB GBd|cAG FGA|
BBB GBd|cBc ABc|ded cAG|1 AGF G:|2 AGF Gg2||
|:fed efg|afd cAF|GBd gdg|afd d2g|
fed efg|afd cAF|ded cAG|1 AGF Gg2:|2 AGF ABc|
|:d3 gfB|d3 gfB|c3 ABc|ABc ABc|
d3 gfB|d3 gfc|BBB cAF|1AGF GAB:|2 AGF G3||

The Queen Of The Rushes, X:8

Bit of a Pipey version I’ve picked up over the years - the C# in the second part gives it a bit of a lift, I think.