(Traditional - Arr. J. Spiers & J. Boden)
Bouzouki and Vocals- Glyn Collinson
Accordian - Jennifer Cutting
Recorded at a House Concert in Takoma Park, 14th June 2010

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Glyn Collinson
Posted 26/07/2010 - 20:15

Rowena's uploaded this video of Jennifer and I playing this song ... Be sure to watch in HD!

 

Rowena Gee
Posted 14/07/2010 - 8:34

It was SO much fun watching Glyn and Jennifer play this live - they both put so much energy into it :)

In fact, I have video footage somewhere...which perhaps I should post at some point for the rest of you to also enjoy !

Jennifer Cutting
Posted 13/07/2010 - 20:15

Jennifer who? Never heard of 'er...

Ted Hoffman
Posted 13/07/2010 - 20:05

Aye, this tune be makin' me thirsty for a pint, or two...or three...

Magaret Bladey
Posted 13/07/2010 - 19:23

Nice recording of The Bush :)

Glyn Collinson
Posted 13/07/2010 - 19:00

This is a recording of Jennifer Cutting and I playing our version of John Spiers and John Boden's arrangement of the traditional song "Prickly Bush" live at a house concert in Takoma Park. It's a number that we've played at the Southern Maryland Celtic Festival. To be honest with you, the main reaction that we've gotten from Americans can best be described as "bewilderment".

"Gee, huh? A what kinda bush?"

At any rate, I really have to hand it to Jennifer, there's very few accordian players I know who could play such a complex part, which is great, because she really carries this song in both arms. Here's the original John Spiers and John Boden version, as played by their big band "Bellowhead"

~Glyn

Oh the Prickle Eye Bush
That pricks my heart for sore
And if ever I get out of this Prickle Eye Bush
Then I never will get in it any more

Oh hangman, stay your hand
Stay it for a while
For I think I see my mother coming over yonder stile

Oh mother, have you brought me gold?
Or silver to set me free?
For to save my body from the cold, cold ground
And my neck from the gallows tree

Oh no, I have not brought you gold
Or silver to set you free
For to save your body from the cold, cold ground
And your neck from the gallows tree

Oh the Prickle Eye Bush
That pricks my heart for sore
Oh and if ever I get out of this Prickle Eye Bush
Then I never will get in it any more

Hangman, stay your hand
Stay it for a while
For I think I see my sister coming over yonder stile

Oh sister, have you brought me gold?
Or silver to set me free?
For to save my body from the cold, cold ground
And my neck from the gallows tree

Oh no, I have not brought you gold
Or silver to set you free
For to save your body from the cold, cold ground
And your neck from the gallows tree

Oh the Prickle Eye Bush
That pricks my heart for sore
Oh and if ever I get out of this Prickle Eye Bush
Then I never will get in it any more

Hangman, stay your hand
Stay it for a while
For I think I see my own true love coming over yonder stile

Oh true love, have you brought me gold?
Or silver to set me free?
For to save my body from the cold, cold ground
And my neck from the gallows tree

Oh yes, I have brought you gold
Oh, and silver to set you free
For to save your body from the cold, cold ground
And your neck from the gallows tree

Oh the Prickle Eye Bush
That pricks my heart for sore
Oh and now that I'm out of this Prickle Eye Bush
Then I never will get in it any more
Oh and now that I'm out of this Prickle Eye Bush
Then I never will get in it any more


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