The Richmond Cotillion reel

Also known as Green Mountain Polka, The Green Mountain Polka, Green Mt. Polka, Old Richmond, Richmond.

There are 4 recordings of this tune.

The Richmond Cotillion has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Richmond Cotillion
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
"D" A2 f2 fgfe|"D" d2 F2 A3 d|"A" c2 B2 A2 B2|"D" ABAG FGFE|
"D" A2 f2 fgfe|"D" d2 F2 A3 d|"A" c2 A2 BAcA|"D" d8:|
K:A
|:"A" efed cdef|"A" a2 c2 e4|"E" B2 c2 d2 B2|"A" cdcB ABcd|
"A" efed cdef|"A" a2 c2 e3 a|"E" g2 e2 fege|1 "A" a4 a4:|2 "A" a4 "A7" =g4||
2
X: 2
T: The Richmond Cotillion
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
M:2/4
|:d/A/F/G/|Af f/g/f/e/|dF A>d|cB GE|F/G/F/E/ D/E/F/G/|
A>f f/g/f/e/|dF A>d|cA Bc|ed:|
K: A Major
|:d/B/c/d/|e/f/e/d/ c/d/e/g/|ac e2|B>c dB|c/d/c/B/ A/B/c/d/|
ee/d/ c/d/e/g/|a/g/a/c/ e>a|1 ge fg|a2:|2 ge dB|A2||

Five comments

American old-timey tune (with my chord settings added).

Begins in D-Maj and modulates into A-Major for the second part. It sets well with the Flop-Eared Mule:

https://thesession.org/tunes/2147

- which modulates in a similar way.

“The Richmond Cotillion” ~ a few YouTubes

A popular old-time tune for squares and contras in North America…

History first ~

Blue Ridge Highballers (led by Charley La Prade, fiddler) play “Green Mountain Polka” (also called “The Richmond Cotillion”) on
Columbia 15070-D, recorded on March 23, 1926 ~ up tempo
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3V_ql3ekFbQ


DaCosta Woltz’s Southern Broadcasters (Frank Neal & His Boys) “Richmond Cotillion” May 1927
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=frj6zYnzYi4

Da Costa Woltz’s Southern Broadcasters - Richmond Cotillion - (1927-1929)
w/ calling
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8oWT_C1rwhA

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JeK61l4vqVA


“Richmond Cotillion” w/dancing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Hc3jT29Jqg


“Richmond”, The Bee Eaters with Bruce Molsky
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Mt4oAcwJRg


“Richmond Cotillion” ~ Martin Simpson, Andy Cutting and Nancy Kerr
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uFsGy_xMIuA


Mike Seeger also recorded this on his album “Old Time Country Music”

Re: The Richmond Cotillion

x:2 is played good and fast which suits this US dance tune!