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GREEN MOUNTAIN BOYS [2]. American, "Country Dance" (6/8 time) or Jig. C Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The jig is a composition of Michael Higgins (as "Green Mountain Boy" i.e. singular), who published his Original Dances, Waltzes & Hornpipes for the Violin in New York in 1829. Unfortunately, nothing is known about him. The tune was at one time a popular jig among Cape Breton fiddlers, perhaps picked up in one of the New York music publishing firm of Harding & Co., although its popularity seems to have diminished considerably on the island.

Source for notated version: Winston Fitzgerald (1914–1987, Cape Breton) [Cranford].

Printed sources: Cape Breton's Magazine, No. 46, 1987; p. 20. Cranford (Winston Fitzgerald: A Collection of Fiddle Tunes), 1997; No. 186, p. 73. Guest (Hundred Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; p. 32. Harding's All Round Collection, 1905; No. 31, p. 10. Higgins (Original Dances, Waltzes & Hornpipes for the Violin), 1829; p. 7.

Recorded sources:

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]

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