"He winds me into the circle of his eye on a reel of birdsong"

'Reel' is the name given to both a type of dance and the music which accompanies it.  It is written in either 2/2 or 4/4 time.  The dances are common in the Scottish and Irish traditions, as well as folk songs throughout the British Isles.  Popular reels include 'Pigeon on the Gate', 'Bucks of Oranmore' and 'Bonnie Kate'. 

Listen to 'Pigeon on the Gate'.

Listen to 'Bucks of Oranmore'.

Listen to 'Bonnie Kate'.