Green Garters reel

Also known as The Green Garters.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Humours Of Kinvara (a few times).

Green Garters has been added to 2 tune sets.

Green Garters has been added to 59 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Green Garters
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
a2 ab afdf | a2 fd efge | agab afdf | eAcd efge |
a2 ab afdf | a2 fd g2 fg | afge fdec | ABcd efge |
d2 fd Adfd | d2 fa gece | d2 fd Adfd | eAcd efge |
d2 fd Adfd | d2 fa g2 fg | afge fdec | ABcd efge |
# Added by Kenny .
X: 2
T: Green Garters
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d2 fd Adfd | d2 fa gece |\
d2 fd Adfd |[1 eA (3Bcd egfe :|[2 eA (3Bcd ef (3gfe ||
|: a3 b afdf | a2 fd ef (3gfe |\
X: 3
T: Green Garters
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|: d2 fd Adfd | d2 fa gece |d2 fd Adfd |1 eA (3Bcd egfe :|2 eA (3Bcd efge ||
|: a3 b afdf | a2 fd ef (3gfe |1 a3 b afdf | eA (3Bcd efge :|2 afge fdec | A2 (3Bcd efge |
X: 4
T: Green Garters
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2 fd Adfd | d2 fa gece | d2 fd Adfd | eA (3Bcd efge |
d2 fd Adfd | d2 fa gece | d2 fd Ad f2| eA (3Bcd efge ||
|:a3b afdf | a2 fd efge | a3b afdf | eA (3Bcd efge |
a3b afdf | a2 fd efge | afge fdec | ABcd efge ||
# Added by JACKB .

Thirteen comments

Mystery

Can’t remember where this came from. There is a version in O’Neill’s.

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Green Garters

This is a lovely reel and one of the first tunes I got off by heart. It is in O’Neill’s 1001 No. 706. I have only ever heard it played with the parts as you have them reversed - which is as it is in O’Neill’s. I use this tune every year in teaching breath control. I play through the whole tune on a single breath !!

Paddy Cronin’s

This is the tune on the first track of Christy Dunne’s "Pluckin’ Good" album. He calls it Paddy Cronin’s and has the parts reversed.

“Green Garters” ~ rescued duplication and it’s confusions

"Green Garters" ~ submitted as ‘The Blacksmith’
& in the order I find more familiar, the other way round from Kenny’s transcript…
Key signature: Dmajor
Submitted on July 4th 2008 by dogbox.
~ /tunes/8677

X: 2
T: Green Garters
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Dmaj
|: d2 fd Adfd | d2 fa gece |\
d2 fd Adfd |[1 eA (3Bcd egfe :|[2 eA (3Bcd ef (3gfe ||
|: a3 b afdf | a2 fd ef (3gfe |\
[1 a3 b afdf | eA (3Bcd ef (3gfe :|\
[2 afge fdec | ABcd egfe |]

[* Note: dogbox’s transcription, submitted as ‘Blacksmith’, was, as he admits, lifted from elsewhere. The transcription they’d given had the B-part repeating and making a tune of 24 bars long instead of the usual 16… As Kenny gives it, and inherent in the melody, I know it as a classic single reel… AND ~ it also works well as a highland fling… ~ ‘c’]

COMMENTS rescued:

Nice old tune ~ # Posted on July 4th 2008 by dogbox

This is an old favourite of mine. I couldn’t find it in the tunes database already, so here tis. Being a lazy sod, I found the tune using ~
http://www.folktunefinder.com
and copied the abc from ~
http://www.alfwarnock.info/alfs/abc/accw04.abc [X: 324]
where it’s also called "Connie O’Connell’s" and the source is given as "Kevin Burke Tutor VCR". I’ve emailed Alf to thank him for the transcription.

# Posted on July 4th 2008 by dogbox

“Green Garters” ~ # Posted on July 4th 2008 by Kenny

Either "Buttons & Bows" or the Maguire brothers recorded this along with the "Blacksmith’s" [ which I also posted ], and it looks to me as if the 2 titles have gotten mixed up.

# Posted on July 4th 2008 by Kenny

“The Green Garters” ~ making sense of order ~ AABB

With the idea of the highland fling in this, or any classic single reel, it is easy to see which part would come first and last… The longer second ending, with a distinct 2-bar difference ~

[2 afge fdec | ABcd egfe |]

~ says it all. This isn’t a convention that would ‘normally’ be found in the A-part of a melody, in the middle. It is classically found in the conclusion, in this case, the order, AABB, as given by dogbox and as I know this melody…

The Blacksmith

I just found the tune in a CCE tunebook from the 1970s where its called An Gabha or The Backsmith. The parts are in the order described in the comments above and its a 16 bar reel, which is actually the way I play it.

They’re both good as short ‘filler’ tunes and might share the same name, but they sound quite different on the recordings I’ve heard.

I meant that that’s why this one might have been mistaken for the Blacksmith’s.

I sometimes play a c natural instead of c sharp in the last bar, I think I picked that up from Kevin Burke’s DVD (can’t remember what he calls the tune there, but it’s this one, with the parts reversed).

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Oh, I missed the comment about "Connie O’Connell’s". :-P

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