The Green Mountain reel

Also known as Green Mountain, The Grey Chair, Joe Monaghan’s Favourite, McDermotts, Mullin’s, Phat Man.

There are 95 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Reconciliation (lots of times), Captain Kelly (a few times), The Harvest Home (a few times), Kitty In The Lane (a few times), Love At The Endings (a few times).

The Green Mountain has been added to 390 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Green Mountain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|:AF~F2 AF[EA,2]F|[DG,2]F~F2 [AF]Bde|fd~d2 edBd|[eA]d[fd]d edBd|
AF[~F2G,2] EF~F2|EDFB [eA]Bde|f[fd]~d2 efdB|A[AF][AE]F {DF}D2cd|
AF~F2 [AE]DFE|[DA,2]F[AE]F [eA]Bde|f[fd]~d2 edBd|Adfd edBd|
AF~F2 [.EA]z~F2|[DA,2]F[AE]F [eA]Bde|fd~d2 efdB|A[AF][AE][AF] [D2G,4] .g/g/g||
fgab afdf|~g2gb afe[fd]|fB~B2 [AD2]Bde|~f2fe dB{d}BB|
Aa{b}aa ^gbaf|defd {f}e2de|fd~d2 efdB|AFEF [D2G,4]~g2
fa~a2 ba(3a^ga|^gaba fdde|fB~B2 {d}B2de|~f2fe dB{d}BB|
Aa{b}aa ^gbaf|defd {f}e2de|fd~d2 efdB|AFEF {DF}D2cd||
# Added by JD .
ABC
X: 2
T: The Green Mountain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|AF~F2 EGFE|DF~F2 ABde|f2df efdB|Adfd efdB|
AF~F2 EGFE|DF~F2 ABde|f2df efdB|AFEF D3:|
e|faaf bfaf|defd e2de|fBBA Bcde|fdgf e2de|
faaf bfaf|defd e2de|f2df efdB|AFEF D3:|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Green Mountain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A~F3 AFEF|D~F3 ABde|~f3d efdB|Adfd edBd|
|A~F3 AFEF|D~F3 ABde|~f3d efdB|1 AFEF D2 dB:|2 AFEF D2 de||
|:f~a3 bafe|f2 af efde|f2 df efdB|Adfd edBd|
|f~a3 bafe|f2 af efde|f2 df efdB|1 AFEF 2 de:|2 AFEF D2 dB||
# Added .
ABC
X: 4
T: The Green Mountain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|A~F3 AFEF|D~F3 ABde|f2df efdB|Adfd efdB|
A~F3 AFEF|D~F3 ABde|f2df efdB|AFEF D3:|
e|faaf bzaf|defd e2de|f2df efdB|Adfd efde|
faaf bzaf|defd e2de|f2df efdB|AFEF D3:|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Green Mountain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
dB|A~F3 EGFE|D~F3 ABde|f~d3 efdB|Adfd efdB|
A~F3 EGFE|DEFG ABde|f~d3 efdB|1 AFEF D3 B:|AFEF D3 e||
f~a3 bfaf|defd e2 de|f~B3 ABde|fgfe dBBe|
f~a3 bfaf|defd efde|f~d3 efdB|1 AFEF D3 e:|AFEF D2 dB||
# Added .
ABC
X: 6
T: The Green Mountain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|AF (3FEF AFEF|DF (3FEF ABde|f2df efdB|Adfd edBd|
AF (3FEF AFEF|DF (3FEF ABde|f2df efdB|AFEF D3 :|
e|fa (3afa bfaf|defd e2 de|f2 df efdB|Adfd edBd|
fa (3afa bfaf|defd e2 de|f2 df efdB|AFEF D3 :|
ABC
X: 7
T: The Green Mountain
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:B|AFF AFE|DFF ABe|fdd edB|Afd edB|
AFF AFE|DFF ABe|fdd edB|AFE D2:|
|:e|faa baf|dfd ede|fdd edB|Afd edB|
faa baf|dfd ede|fdd edB|AFE D2:|
ABC

Fifteen comments

The Green Mountain

The transcription of this popular tune already posted here is really awful. It should be a really nice version, but who will try to memorise this messy transcription and to play it accurately?

I have a somewhat unusual setting of the tune, which is mostly based on the playing of the band "Moving Cloud." I don’t know who introduced it to them.

K: D
B|AF~F2 EGFE|DF~F2 ABde|f2df efdB|Adfd efdB|
AF~F2 EGFE|DF~F2 ABde|f2df efdB|AFEF D3:|
e|faaf bfaf|defd e2de|fBBA Bcde|fdgf e2de|
faaf bfaf|defd e2de|f2df efdB|AFEF D3:|

As you know, "The Green Mountain" is widely known as a cousin of another popular tune "The Maid behind the Bar," and this particular version of G.M. interestingly shares the same conspicuous phrase with it.

Green Mountain

Here’s a fairly "plain jane" setting of the Green Mountain, suitable for flute, whistle, or fiddle. Anyone who’s not up for the rolls yet, just hold those notes for the length of three eighth notes and you’ll at least get the timing right.

X:1
T:The Green Mountain
M:4/4
L:1/8
K:D
|:A~F3 AFEF|D~F3 ABde|~f3d efdB|Adfd edBd|
|A~F3 AFEF|D~F3 ABde|~f3d efdB|1 AFEF D2 dB:|2 AFEF D2 de||
|:f~a3 bafe|f2 af efde|f2 df efdB|Adfd edBd|
|f~a3 bafe|f2 af efde|f2 df efdB|1 AFEF 2 de:|2 AFEF D2 dB||

Posted .

Actually the version I posted above is a mixture of Moving Cloud’s setting and mine. Here is what I normally play, which is interestingly different from what Will added:

K:D
B|A~F3 AFEF|D~F3 ABde|f2df efdB|Adfd efdB|
A~F3 AFEF|D~F3 ABde|f2df efdB|AFEF D3:|
e|faaf bzaf|defd e2de|f2df efdB|Adfd efde|
faaf bzaf|defd e2de|f2df efdB|AFEF D3:|

I learned the version while I was staying in Leeds, Yorkshire, where Vincent Broderick’s composition "The Tinker’s Daughter" is quite common among both the ceili band’s members and the session players. Now you see the second part of the tune sneak in The Green Mountain.

Green Mountain from Gort session recording

Hiroyuki, your Moving Cloud version is very similar to the one played on the Gort session recording. With the Bm stuff in the B part, it’s like a cross between Green Mountain and Maid Behind the Bar. "The Green Maid Behind the Mountain" perhaps? :o)

X: 1
T: Green Mountain Gort session version
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: Gort session recording
K: D
dB|A~F3 EGFE|D~F3 ABde|f~d3 efdB|Adfd efdB|
A~F3 EGFE|DEFG ABde|f~d3 efdB|1 AFEF D3 B:|AFEF D3 e||
f~a3 bfaf|defd e2 de|f~B3 ABde|fgfe dBBe|
f~a3 bfaf|defd efde|f~d3 efdB|1 AFEF D3 e:|AFEF D2 dB||

Posted .

Will, check John Carty’s classic banjo album. He also recorded what you call "The Green Maid behind the Mountain." Too complicated to transcribe, obviously.

This is one of the tunes I learned recently. Yes, its similiar to the "Maid behind the bar". I prefer playing this tune on rolls.

Green Mountain by tune db

X:1

T: Green Mountain

M: 4/4

L: 1/8

R: Reel

K: D

% TUNEdb Number 14164

B|AF (3FEF AFEF|DF (3FEF ABde|f2df efdB|Adfd edBd|

AF (3FEF AFEF|DF (3FEF ABde|f2df efdB|AFEF D3 :|

e|fa (3afa bfaf|defd e2 de|f2 df efdB|Adfd edBd|

fa (3afa bfaf|defd e2 de|f2 df efdB|AFEF D3 :|

Boston-born box player Colm Gannon recorded a version of the tune which is similar to the ones Will and myself transcribed above. He cites Donegal fiddler Neilidh Boyle as the source.

The Green Mountain by Neillidh Boyle

I believe that the initial version of the tune (which is now shown as a default ABC) is a transcription of Neillidh Boyle’s playing. Being quite accurate (with the exception of some missing notes) it’s not that ‘awful’ as slainte stated, though I agree that it’s better to listen to it than try to learn it from the sheet) Still it’s the most impressive version of a tune I’ve ever heard…

You can listen to Neillidh Boyle playing it in this collection:
From Galway to Dublin: Early Recordings of Irish Tradition

The Green Mountain (jig)

I tried remoulding the tune into a jig the other day and was happy with the result. Here it is:

X: 1
T: Green Mountain, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmaj
|:B|AFF AFE|DFF ABe|fdd edB|Afd edB|
AFF AFE|DFF ABe|fdd edB|AFE D2:|
|:e|faa baf|dfd ede|fdd edB|Afd edB|
faa baf|dfd ede|fdd edB|AFE D2:|

Same tune?

Is this a version of The Green Mountain or a completely different tune? It’s very much like it but different enough from it. Where have I heard it before? Tried Tunepal and searching the web with the abc but this is as close as I’ve come to finding it.

X:1
T:Unknown
M:4/4
R:R
K:D
AF ~F2 ABde|~f3 d edBd|~e3 f edBd|fdef edBd |
AF ~F2 ABde|~f3 d edBd|~e3 f edBA|1Bddc d3 B:|2Bddc defg||
|:af ~f2 afbf|af ~f2 edBd|~e3 f edBd|fdef ed B2|
|1af ~f2 afbf|af ~f2 edBd|~e3 f edBA|Bddc defg:|2AF ~F2 ABde|
~f3 d edBA|Bd ~d2 fded|Addc d2||