Green Jacket (The)

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X:1 T:Green Jacket, The M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel S:O'Neill - Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems (1907), No. 714 Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:D D2 (3FED AD (3FED|ABcd edcA|D2 (3FED A2d2|cAGF EDCE| D2 (3FED AD (3FED|ABcd edcA|D2 (3FED A2d2|cAGE ED D2|| f>d (3ddd fddf|ec (3ccc efge|f>d (3ddd fged|cAGE ED D2| fede fedf|edcd efge|afge f2 ed|cAGF EDCE||

GREEN JACKET, THE (An Casog Glas). AKA and see "Cailín Fionn (An)" (The Fairhaired Girl), "Connacht Reel (1) (The)," "Milestone (1) (The)," "Millstone (1) (The)," "Miss Corbett's Reel," "New Domain (The)," "New Demense (1) (The)," "New Demense (2) (The)," "Old Locks and Quays of Galway," "Whiskey in the Jar," "Whiskey in the Jug." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (O'Neill/1850 & 1001): AA'B (O'Neill/1915 & Krassen). The melody belongs to the "College Grove/College Groves" family of tunes. Breathnach prints a version as "Cavan Reel (The)." The first strain of "Green Jacket" is very close to that of "College Grove (The)", as played by accordion player Peter Conlon.

Francis O'Neill, in Irish Folk Music: A Fascinating Hobby (1910, pp. 110-111), finds the tune family derived from "Miss Corbett's Reel" printed in James Aird's late 18th century Selection of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs. O'Neill also remarked: "In corroboration of that view, Sergeant Early informs me that piper Quinn always referred to the tune as 'Miss Corbett's Reel'"[1].

See also Chicago piper John Ennis' variant "New Demense (2) (The)."

Edward Cronin

Additional notes
Source for notated version : - "Cronin" [O'Neill]. Chicago fiddler Edward Cronin was born in Limerick Junction, County Tipperary in the 1840's. He had a large repertoire (which O'Neill mined for many tunes) but could be difficult to get along with in the long run.

Printed sources : - Breathnach (Ceol Rince na hÉireann, vol. II), 1976; No. 168. O'Neill (O'Neill's Irish Music), 1915; No. 280, p. 142. O'Neill (Krassen), 1976; p. 149. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 1490, p. 276. O'Neill (Dance Music of Ireland: 1001 Gems), 1907; No. 714, p. 126.

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  1. Paul de Grae, "Notes on Sources of Tunes in the O'Neill Collections", 2017 [1].