• Liam O'Connor plays Finbarr Dwyer's Holly Bush on fiddle

    Finbarr Dwyer’s The Holly Bush (reel)

    Top Irish fiddle player, Liam O’Connor, treats us to Finbarr Dwyer’s The Holly Bush. Please note: Liam is playing a key up on the sheet music and notation below so adjust accordingly!


    X: 1
    T: The Holly Bush
    R: reel
    M: 4/4
    L: 1/8
    K: Dmix
    A2FA DAFG|ABde fded|cGG2 EGG2|cedc AGFG|
    A2FA DAFG|ABde fded|cGG2 cedc|AcGE D2FG:|
    |:Add^c defg|adde dcAc|GccB cdeg|aged cAGc|
    Add^c defg |adde dcAB|cGG2 cedc|AcGE D2FG:|


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    Posted by McNeela


    • Tony

      Hi Guys,
      I have purchased a Gaelic Banjo on line with a book of tunes, Happy to say I am making good progess, especially with The Kesh,
      I am puzzled when I see [online] tunes written not only notation and tab but also in capital and small letter and numbers eg, A2FA DAFG] ABde]cGG2. Can you please explain,

      • Paraic McNeela

        Hi Tony, great to hear you’re getting to grips with The Kesh – fantastic tune! Regarding the notation, when you see a small letter, like a d for example, that means you play the octave up or the ‘high d’ – you’ll also see these three versions D’ D and D, – high D, standard D and low D respectively. The default note length is a quaver (a half beat) so when you see G2 for example, this means you hold a middle/standard G for one beat or a crotchet (two half beats).

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