Green Fields of Glentown
This great reel which has been played by many celebrated traditional musicians, including accordionist Sharon Shannon, is one of the many fine compositions by Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples.
Great tune - one of the best
Green Fields of Glentown
Agreed. Tommy Peoples rocks my world 🙂
Green Fields of Glentown - listen to it here!
I discovered you can listen to a great version of Tommy Peoples playing this amazing tune by clicking on his web site
Natalie MacMasters also plays this tune on her fit as a fiddle album. Great tune - just learnt it two days ago of the cd, then found it in here…. *sigh*, must let my fingers do the searching!!
Noticed that there are no Natalie MacMasters albums on the recordings pages??
posted a natalie macmaster recording, "no boundaries", just yesterday
The Green Fields of Glentown
If you want to hear a real knock out version of this tune then get a hold of the Frankie Lane recording entitled Dobro on the Geal-Linn label. Rarely have I heard this tune played with such cool swing. Believe me it is polished performance and well worth a listen.
One of the "Big Reels", surely
From time to time one hears or reads of a special category of tunes called "The Big Reels", reels that carry a particular charge, and make particular demands of a soloist, at any rate, to the extent that the audience will really, really listen to the way he/she succeeds or fails in performing that particular tune. ("Farewell To Ireland" has got to be one of them.) "Green Fields Of Glentown" has simply got to be one of these big reels.
As played by Howie MacDonald
Heard this great tune on Howie MacDonald’s CD "WhY2Keilidh". He only plays two parts, the A pretty much as is and a B part as follows:
A z EA cAEA|G2DG B,DG,B,|A,A~A2 BAGE|edBA aged|
bg~g2 aged|BG~G2 EDB,G,|A,E~E2 (DE2)F|GEDB, A,B,CD|.
It’s still pretty darn difficult to play at speed.
The Green Fields Of Glentown
The Nollaig Casey version on Donal Lunny’s album also has only 2 parts:
T: Green Fields Of Glentown, The
D|EA,~A,2 ~E2DB,|G,B,~B,2 G,A,B,D|EA,~A,2 ~E2DE|GBeB dBAB|
eB~B2 eBdB|AE~E2 DG,B,G,|A,E~E2 ~E2DE|GEDB, B,A,A,:|
|:D|~A2EA cAFA|FGDB, G,A,B,D|EA~A2 EABd|edBA aged|
bg~g2 afge|dB~B2 AEDB,|A,E~E2 ~E2DE|GEDB, B,A,A,:|
Liz Carroll played a great version of this on an old recording called Irish Traditional Music In America: Chicago.
She called it Eddie Kelly’s, I seem to recall. I still have the LP which I hope to transfer to mp3 format soon.
Green Fields of Glentown 3rd part of Nollaig Casey version
Here is the 3rd part for the version posted by "Dow". It’s transcribed from "Coolfin". The first bar can of course also be played like the first bar of the 2nd part :
|:G|~A2EA cA~A2|aged bage|dB~B2 GABd|gfdc Bgfg|
eA~A2 fedB|AE~E2 DG,B,G,|A,E~E2 ~E2DE|GEDB, B,A,A,:|
bar 4 should read |gedc Bgfg| So sorry!
A setting as a Jig
If anyone’s interested…
Tommy People’s version, from what I can remember.
Played by Nollaig ni Chathasaidh………
"…named after the next townland to mine in Donegal. It is a beautifully hilly area where one can look across the river Foyle to counties Tyrone and Derry. It’s main claim to fame was a slate quarry that operated in the early half of this century. The quarry holes are still there, hundreds of feet deep with very deep water. They are easily accessible and not recommended to anyone afraid of heights." - Tommy Peoples
Feel free to have a listen to the tune played here by musicians in a Newcastle session (second tune):
The Green Fields Of Glentown, X:7
This version is intended for G-Whistles.
The Green Fields Of Glentown, X:8
Here’s a setting of the tune suitable for flute or D whistle. It can’t match the growl you get down on the fiddle’s G string, but I think it rolls along nicely enough. This setting is a reworking of X:1 above, with a pinch of Bulmer & Sharpley added for spice.