Bush in Blossom (The)
X:1 T:Bush in Blossom, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:Kerr - Merry Melodies, vol. 4, No. 118 (c. 1880's) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G Bc|d2 (BG) AGEF|G2 (Bd) efge|d2 (BG) AGEF|GBAF G2:|| (Bd)|g2 (dg) egdg|g2 (bg) agab|g2 (dg) egdg|edef g2 (ga)| b/b/b (ga) bgef|gage defa|b2 (af) gfed|egfa g2||
BUSH IN BLOSSOM, THE. AKA and see "Bush in Bloom (The)," "Reel (91)." Scottish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB. The first part of this tune corresponds to the Irish reel "Morning Star." The tune is identical to Francis O'Neill's "Bush in Bloom (The)", from the playing of Chicago fiddler John McFadden (originally from County Mayo). It was known at approximately the same time in independent Irish sources by the 'bloom' title, and must have been well-established in Ireland at least by the turn of the 20th century. Provenance could be assigned to either country. Researchers Conor Ward and Fr. John Quinn find the tune as an untitled reel Book 2 of the large c. 1883 music manuscript collection of County Leitrim fiddler and piper Stephen Grier (c. 1824-1894).