Sheet Music: The Green Fields of America

TitleThe Green Fields of America
Alternate titlesCaptain Rocke's
Greenfields of Virginia
Pretty Molly Brannagan
There's a hole in me heart you could easy roll a turnip in
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeD4–A5
Time signature4/4
Tempo184 BPM
Performance time0:45
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2012-02-06
Last updated2015-01-13
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Categories
Celtic Music, Reels, Traditional/Folk

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Monday 6 February 2012

Tune of the Day: The Green Fields of America

Traditional Irish reel

As Paddy Moloney of the Chieftains said, this “is surely one of the finest songs of emigration in our tradition and many versions of it abound”. The tune is generally thought to have Ulster origins, although at least one version of the lyrics has the emigrant bidding farewell to County Wicklow in the East or Ireland. The earliest published version is to be found in a 19th century collection. American fiddler John Hartford believed the tune is a cousin to “Speed the Plow”.