The Green Cottage polka

Also known as The Babes In The Wood, Din Tarrant’s #2, The Glin Cottage, Green Cottage No. 3, Green Little Cottage.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Green Cottage appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Green Cottage has been added to 1 tune set.

The Green Cottage has been added to 3 tunebooks.

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Two settings

1
X: 1
T: The Green Cottage
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: de/d/ Bc/A/ | BG G/F/G/B/ | AD FA | AG GB |
de/d/ Bc/A/ | BG G/F/G/B/ | AD FA |1 BG GB :|2 BG G2 ||
|: Bd g2 | fe e/f/e/d/ | Bd ef | ed B/A/B/A/ |
Be/f/ g2 | fe e/f/e/d/ | Bd ef |1 g2 gf/e/ :|2 g2 g/a/g/e/ ||
2
X: 2
T: The Green Cottage
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: de/d/ cA|BG G/F/G/B/|AD D/E/F/G/|AG G/F/G/B/|
de/d/ cA|BG G/F/G/B/|AD D/E/F/G/|AG G>B:|
|:GB/d/ gg|fe e2|FA/d/ ff|ed B2|
GB/d/ gg|fe e2|fe/f/ af|ag g2:|

Five comments

Green Cottage No. 3

This setting is based on Pádraig O’Keeffe and Denis Murphy’s playing back in 1949 from the Music from Sliabh Luachra CD track 13, last track. It is only my attempt to catch the flavour of the polka; for some of the variations on offer see Nico’s reference under that recording. It is NOT the same as the Newmarket Polka: compare bars 2 and 4 etc. The turn is similar however. But it deserves an entry of its own. I find the playing wonderfully energetic and joyous with a great pulse running through it, without the need for backing.

Re: The Green Cottage

It’s not even a whole bar that’s different for bar 2, just the first half… I’d definitely class these as the same tune, just very slightly different versions. The differences fall well within the range of variation for me…

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Re: The Green Cottage

This tune sounds as if it might be second cousin to https://thesession.org/tunes/5762: ‘The girl with a blue dress on’ - well known in my local English sessions - especially in the B part.

I assume there must be more Green Cottages than this one. I have a tune of that name, but it’s quite different from the one above. It’s at: http://www.rudemex.co.uk/library/Alphabetical/Green%20Cottage%20(Em).pdf - where it’s also called O’Connor’s polka No3. as I had it from one Nailus O’Connor, a box player in Knocknagoshel.

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