Also known as
Da Greenland Man’s Tune, Da Greenlandman’s Tune, Da Greenlandmans Tune, The Greenland Highland, The Greenland Man’s Fling, The Greenland Man’s Highland Fling, The Greenland Man’s Highland, Greenland Mans Tune, The Greenlandman’s Tune.
My suspicion is, carrying from what I’d offered earlier, that with the melody and the ‘snap’ (F D2 / B G2) its origins are as a strathspey / highland fling…
Type of Tune
Actually, it’s none of the above. It’s never been danced to so its what Shetlanders call a "listening tune." During Shetland’s whaling days, the tune was supposedly brought back to Shetland from Greenland where it was learned from one of the Greenland "natives." The words were supposedly in Yakki.
yaki yaki yakiii from a yakki dog?
did you mean Yup’ik? or a pigin?
Ish dish shome shtory shomeone told you wunshe? a drunken Shetland shailor pøhåpsh? 🙂
The first bar vaguely reminds me of a medieval tune (13th c?) I heard once (wunsh?)
It also reminds me of a Munster slide, kind of.
Da Greenland Man’s Tune
According to "Da Mirrie Dancers" - "A Book Of Shetland Fiddle Tunes" - edited by Tom Anderson and Tom Georgeson for the Shetland Folk Society and printed in 1970 :
"Da Greenland Man’s Tune" - Traditional. Collected in Unst from J.Stickle by P. Shuldham-Shaw".
"The Greenland Highland" - nothing stopping me from stepping it out 😎
Though I screwed up on the key above, obviously in one of my semi-conscious moments and before the ‘<’ could work here…