Green Man Hornpipe

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GREEN MAN HORNPIPE. English, "Old" or Triple Hornpipe (3/2 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The Green Man, generally a foliate head, is a symbol that has both pagan and Christian attributes; it is the male aspect of the mother goddess, and a powerful image of rebirth to Christians. They can be found carved on many buildings, churches and cathederals throughout northern Europe and in Britain. Not incidently it is the name for many pubs, where Green Men can be found on tavern signs, either represented by a foliate head or simply a ranger or forester (a 'green man' on account of his green livery). For example, there was a Green Man Inn in the 18th century in Dulwich (south of London), for the refreshment of those who came to partake of the mineral wells, and The Green Man and Still was a tavern in Oxford Street, London, much favoured during the 18th & 19th centuries by cricketers.

The melody appears in London publisher John Walsh's Third Book of the most Celebrated jiggs, Lancashire hornpipes, Scotch and Highland Lilts, Northern Frisks, Morris's and Cheshire Rounds (c. 1731).

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