Greenwood Side polka

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

Greenwood Side has been added to 4 tune sets.

Greenwood Side has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Greenwood Side
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:f|BB/c/ BA|B/c/d/e/ f2|e>f e/f/e/d/|cA Af|
BB/c/ BA|B/c/d/e/ f2|ea fe/f/|dB B:|
|:d/e/|fB df|BB/d/ f2|e>f e/f/e/d/|cA Ad/e/|
fB df|BB/d/ f2|ea fe/f/|dB B:|
X: 2
T: Greenwood Side
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:f|"Bm"BB/c/ BA|"Bm"B/c/d/e/ f2|"A"e>f e/f/e/d/|"A"cA Af|
"Bm"BB/c/ BA|"Bm"B/c/d/e/ f2|"A"ea "F#m"fe/f/|"Bm"dB B:|
|:d/e/|"Bm"fB df|"Bm"BB/d/ f2|"A"e>f e/f/e/d/|"A"cA Ad/e/|
"Bm"fB df|"Bm"BB/d/ "F#m"f2|"A"ea fe/f/|"Bm"dB B:|
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Here are the chords we use to play this, although the sheet music we have is listing it as a reel, 4/4 time.

|:f|“Bm”BB/c/ BA|“Bm”B/c/d/e/ f2|“A”e>f e/f/e/d/|“A”cA Af|
“Bm”BB/c/ BA|“Bm”B/c/d/e/ f2|“A”ea “F#m”fe/f/|“Bm”dB B :|
|:d/e/|“Bm”fB df|“Bm”BB/d/ f2|“A”e>f e/f/e/d/|“A”cA Ad/e/|
“Bm”fB df|“Bm”BB/d/ “F#m”f2|“A”ea fe/f/|“Bm”dB B :|

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The tune appears as a quickstep in David Glen’s Collection of Highland Bagpipe Music, Book 1 (c 1876).
It also appears as a 2/4 march in later pipe books. It is attributed to a “Donald Mackenzie”. This is unlikely to be the same “Pipe Corpl Donald McKenzie” (Seaforth Highlanders/ PM in Cameron Highlanders) who has a tune printed in Glen’s Book 15 , as he would have been about a year old when Book 1 was published!

Whether the tune has any connection with the ballad “The Cruel Mither”, which also has the “Greenwood Side” in other title variants is open to speculation.