The Green Linnet reel

Also known as An Gealban-Lion Glas, Green Linnett, The Green Linnett.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Green Linnet has been added to 1 tune set.

The Green Linnet has been added to 30 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Green Linnet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:A2 ae cBAc|BAGB gdBG|A2 ae cBAc|BGdB cA A2:|
ABcd ecBA|BGBd gdBG|ABcd ecBA|BGdB cAAB|
ABcd ecBA|BGBd gdBG|AcBd ced=f|edcB cA A2||
X: 2
T: The Green Linnet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
A2 ae cBAc | BAGB gdBG | A2 ae cBAc | BGdB cAAB :|
|: ABcd ecBA | BGBd gdBG |[1 ABcd ecBA | BGdB cAAB |[2 AcBd cedf | edcB cAAB |]
X: 3
T: The Green Linnet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amix
A2 ae cB A/B/c | BG B/c/d gd c/B/G | A2 ae cBAc | BGdB fc :|
|: A2 B/c/d ecBA | BGDd gdBG |[1 ABcd ecBc | BGdB f2 :|[2 Ac B/c/d cedf | edBc A2 |]
Acae cBAc | B2 GB gdBc | A2 ae cBAc | BGdB cA- :|
A2 cd ecBA | BGBd gdBc |[1 A2 cd ecBA | BGdB cA :|[2 A2 Bd cedg | ae (3dcB A2 |]
A2 ae cBAc | BAGB gdBc | A2 ae cBAc | BGdB cA :|
ABcd ec c/B/A | BGdB gdBG |[1 A2 B/c/d e2 c/B/A | BGdB cA :|[2 AcBd cedf | edcB A2 |]

Ten comments

The Green Linnet

I can’t remember where I got this from

Kevin Burke?

I think that I have an old Kevin Burke recording of this….Merry Christmas all…:)

There is an A maj version in O’Neill, which sounds just a little weird in that key. I just wonder if that was another case of the O’Neill transcriber not really understanding modal tunes and trying to force it into the default major. Any comments from the experts on this hypothesis?
Trevor

“The Green Linnet” ~ O’Neill (A ~ Major or Dorain)

X: 2
T: Green Linnet, The
S: "O’Neill’s Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies", 1903, page 237, tune #1262
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amaj
A2 ae cBAc | BAGB gdBG | A2 ae cBAc | BGdB cAAB :|
|: ABcd ecBA | BGBd gdBG |[1 ABcd ecBA | BGdB cAAB |[2 AcBd cedf | edcB cAAB |]

correction, for the B-part I’d left out the repeat sign ‘:’ ~

|[1 ABcd ecBA | BGdB cAAB :|[2 AcBd cedf | edcB cAAB |]

A mix…

could work. Sometimes, people write out pieces in only either the "standard" major or minor and then use accidentals to get the real mode across. If the A major wasn’t a simple mistake (for A minor with F sharps written for dorian, perhaps), the transcriber may have been intending A mix (written in A major, but accidentally forgetting the G nat accidentals!). A major just sounds weird to me without some serious alterations, but A mix isn’t too bad. That being said, I prefer the dorian.

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A MIxolydian ~ etc… ~ you started this muspic, anyone else and I’d have passed on by ;-)

Yes, I know what you mean. When I usually give the O’Neill I tend to leave it as found…

X: 3
T: Green Linnet, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amin
|: Bc |\
A2 ae cB A/B/c | BG B/c/d gd c/B/G | A2 ae cBAc | BGdB fc :|
|: d/c/B |\
|: A2 B/c/d ecBA | BGDd gdBG |[1 ABcd ecBc | BGdB f2 :|[2 Ac B/c/d cedf | edBc A2 |]

X: 4
T: Green Linnet, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amaj
|: AG |\
Acae cBAc | B2 GB gdBc | A2 ae cBAc | BGdB cA- :|
|: B/A/G |\
A2 cd ecBA | BGBd gdBc |[1 A2 cd ecBA | BGdB cA :|[2 A2 Bd cedg | ae (3dcB A2 |]

X: 5
T: Green Linnet, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Amix
|: B/A/G |\
A2 ae cBAc | BAGB gdBc | A2 ae cBAc | BGdB cA :|
|: GB |\
ABcd ec c/B/A | BGdB gdBG |[1 A2 B/c/d e2 c/B/A | BGdB cA :|[2 AcBd cedf | edcB A2 |]

Personally, I prefer it in a minor…

Sorry, that ‘i’ was a slip ~ muspc…

:-d

I’m also prone to do this at times ~

K: Amin
|: B/A/^G |\

Re: The Green Linnet

For what it’s worth, I found this in an 1873 book of Irish "airs" (but it includes jigs and reels mostly), and it’s A mix in that version. It even puts a natural sign in the G space in the key signature, so I’m taking that as a signal from the arranger. In some places, it uses a C sharp and others a C natural. Those are marked with accidental signs. Fs are always sharp in this version.