Laurel Bush (1) (The)
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LAUREL BUSH, THE. AKA - "The Laurel Tree." Irish, Reel. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AAB (Flaherty, Taylor): AABB (McNulty, Vallely). The first strain of this tune is cognate with a large number of dorian-mode tunes in the "Reel of Bogie (1) (The) tune family, all of whom share to one degree or another the melody. See also the similar first part of "Lochiel's Rant." "The Gossan/Gasúr that beat his father" is a related tune.
Sources for notated versions: accordion player Joe Fallon (b. 1935, Collooney, County Sligo) [Flaherty]; set dance music recorded at Na Píobairí Uilleann in the 1980's [Taylor].
Printed sources: Flaherty (Trip to Sligo), 1990; p. 100 (appears as "The Laurel Tree"). Giblin (Collection of Traditional Irish Dance Music), 1928; 24. McNulty (Dance Music of Ireland), 1965; p. 10. Taylor (Music for the Sets: Yellow Book), 1995; p. 11. Vallely (Armagh Pipers Club Play 50 Reels), 1982; No. 32, p. 17 (appears as "The Laurel Tree").
Recorded sources: Coleman Center CD CC004, Michael Hurley, Mairead Hurley & Jim Corry - "The Mountain Road" (1999. Various artists. "A Compilation of tunes popular in South Sligo." Appears as "The Laurel Tree"). Green Linnet SIF 3005, The Bothy Band - "Old Hag You Have Killed Me" (1981. A reissue of the 1976 Mulligan LP).