Green Garters (2)

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X:1 T:Green Garters [2] M:C| L:1/8 R:reel B:O'Neill's Music of Ireland. 1850 Melodies, 1903, p. 273, No. 1478 N:see also "Blacksmith's" and "Leslie's" reels Z:Lorna LaVerne K:D d2(fd) Adfd | d2(fa) gece | d2(fd) Adfd | edcd efge | d2(fd) Adfd | d2(fa) gece | d2(fd) Adfa | gecd (ed)d2!fermata!|| agfg afdf | a2fd efge | agfg afdf | edcd efge | agfg afdf | a2fd efge | afge fdec | ABcd efge !D.C.!||

GREEN GARTERS [2] (Crioscosa Glais). AKA and see "Geehan's Reel," "Grazier (The)," "Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel," "Trim the Velvet," "Humors of Flip (The)," "Potlick (The)," "Sally Kelly (2)." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'BB' (O'Neill/Krassen). Versions of the tune also appear in the key of G major in several collections, including the c. 1883 Stephen Greir music manuscript from County Leitrim. Breathnach (1963) says "Blacksmith's Reel (1)," also known as "Blacksmith's Daughter," is a version of this tune in the key of 'G', and that is the name that the tune is usually known by today. See also the related "Leslie's Reel."

Additional notes

James Kennedy is standing in the back row, extreme right.

Source for notated version: - Chicago fiddler James Kennedy had the tune from his father, Peter Kennedy, a celebrated local fiddle master from Ballinamore, County Leitrim [O'Neill] (see "Peter Kennedy's Fancy"). In a 1906 letter to Alfred Percival Graves in 1906 (printed in "A Few Gossipy Notes" in the Journal of the Irish Folk Song Society, London), O'Neill wrote: "James and [sister] Ellen Kennedy, Ballinamore, Leitrim, fine violinists: father a noted player, said to be the best in the country–James is remarkable for his smooth, round tones, and the entire absence of scratching of bow."

Printed sources : - O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 147. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1478, p. 273. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 706, p. 124.

Recorded sources: -Drumlin Records BMNCD2, Brian McNamara – "Fort of the Jewels" (2004).

See also listing at:
Alan Ng's [1]

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