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Old 02-18-2020, 09:16 AM   #1
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Default Wearing of the Green setting

I have seen two settings for Wearing of the Green. Which is more "correct"?

Bar 2

C B B C B C E

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C B B A B C E
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Old 02-18-2020, 10:19 AM   #2
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I have seen two settings for Wearing of the Green. Which is more "correct"?

Bar 2

C B B C B C E

or

C B B A B C E

If you mean, what is closer to how the song is normally sung, the first setting with the "C" after the two "Bs" reflects the melody of what I recall hearing in most vocal renditions of the song. However, I think the second version with the "A" sounds better as a pipe march variation and that is how I play it (I play the Irish Guards version from the Brigade Book of Irish Pipe Music).
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Old 02-18-2020, 11:59 AM   #3
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I've seen dozens off settings for this tune and no two are alike. Pick the one you like.
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I learned this tune for times when the London Scottish Regt played with the London Irish Regt. The regimental setting was definitely C B B A B C E.
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Old 02-21-2020, 08:35 AM   #5
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An upscale setting, more or less taken from an Irish penny whistler, as he accompanied a variety of other instruments. More of a forward driving version. Not a substitute for a slower, more sentiment-laden rendition. On pub crawls, the St Paddy's Day initiates and inebriants can range, in taste, from maudlin to mach-2. Never play a slow tune for a fast crowd, I say...
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None is "more correct."..it's a folk tune..play it whatever way it feels good to you...embellishments and all.
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Old 02-23-2020, 12:49 PM   #7
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The song doesn't have a 2nd part...it's one of those songs where the verses and chorus have the same melody.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2M4usgh8Ss

With folk-songs there's no "correct" or "more correct" version. Every singer might do it a bit differently.

Instrumentalists can certainly come up with versions that don't correspond to the song as sung. Good instrumentalists generally follow the singers.
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The song doesn't have a 2nd part...it's one of those songs where the verses and chorus have the same melody.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o2M4usgh8Ss

With folk-songs there's no "correct" or "more correct" version. Every singer might do it a bit differently.

Instrumentalists can certainly come up with versions that don't correspond to the song as sung. Good instrumentalists generally follow the singers.
Agreed: The tune is a pretty straight-forward AABA song form ( first phrase repeats, second phrase once, then first phrase to end), Not a strophic verse-chorus form.
FWIW there are two setting online in CeolSean ( Check Patrick Maclaurin's tune database at the top of this forum)
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Old 02-24-2020, 07:19 AM   #9
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I learned this tune for times when the London Scottish Regt played with the London Irish Regt. The regimental setting was definitely C B B A B C E.
Perfect. Thanks! That's exactly the sort of information I was hoping for.
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