Broom Green Broom

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 Theme code Index    13 15 42 5L2
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 Composer/Core Source    
 Region    England
 Genre/Style    English, Northumbrian/Borders
 Meter/Rhythm    Air/Lament/Listening Piece
 Key/Tonic of    G
 Accidental    1 sharp
 Mode    Ionian (Major)
 Time signature    6/8
 History    ENGLAND(North East)
 Structure    One part
 Editor/Compiler    J. Collingwood Bruce & John Stokoe
 Book/Manuscript title    Northumbrian Minstrelsy
 Tune and/or Page number    p. 98
 Year of publication/Date of MS    1882
 Title of recording    
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BROOM, GREEN BROOM. English, Air (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). One part. A song popular at various times for several centuries, most recently in the 'folk revival' era. Irish, English and sometimes Scots versions are extent. Malcolm Douglas believes the earliest appearance of the song to be in Thomas D'Urfey's Pills to Purge Melancholy (1698-1720). The Northumbrian version given by Bruce & Stokoe begins:

There was an auld man, he liv'd in the west,
His trade was the cutting of broom, green broom;
He had a lazy lad, whose name it was Jack,
Who'd lie in his bed till noon, till noon,
Who'd lie in his bed till noon.

Variants have also been collected in North America in Newfoundland and New England.

Printed source: Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; p. 98.

T:Broom, Green Broom
S:Bruce & Stokoe - Northumbrian Minstelsy
Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion
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