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FORESTERS (HORNPIPE), THE. AKA - "Greenfields." American, Canadian; Hornpipe. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Long a popular dance tune in the Canadian Maritimes and New England. It seems earliest published in a volume called M. Higgens' Original Dances, Walzes & Hornpipes for the Violin (1829), where it appears under the name of "Greenfields." In Canada it was popularised through the playing of radio and TV fiddler Don Messer, and The Cape Breton Symphony (Winston Fitzgerald et al). The tune is miss-titled "Ike Forrester's Reel (2)" in Gene Silberberg's 2002 collection.

Source for notated version: Rodney Miller (N.H.) [Phillips].

Printed sources: Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 89. Cranford (Jerry Holland: The Second Collection), 2000; No. 98, p. 39. Messer (Way Down East), 1948; No. 63. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 109, pg. 70. Miller & Perron (New England Fiddlers Repertoire), 1983; No. 116. Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes), vol. 2, 1995; p. 194. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; p. 123. Songer (Portland Collection, vol. 2), 2005; p. 66. Tolman (Nelson Music Collection), 1980; p. 17.

Recorded sources: Alcazar Dance Series FR 204, "New England Chestnets 2" (1981). Green Linnet GLCD 1184, Patrick Street - "Made in Cork" (1997. Learned from Dermot McLaughlin). CAT-WMR004, Wendy MacIssac - "The 'Reel' Thing" (1994. Appears as "Foresters Clog"). Jerry Holland - "Master Cape Breton Fiddler" (1982. Learned from Winston Fitzgerald).

See also listings at:
Alan Ng's [1]
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index [2]
Jane Keefer's Folk Music Index: An Index to Recorded Sources [3]

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