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Thread #13335   Message #109354
Posted By: dick greenhaus
28-Aug-99 - 07:07 PM
Thread Name: Lyr Req: fiddler's green - different version
Subject: RE: fiddler's green - different version
Fiddler's Green (the mythical place) is certainly traditional; John Connolly's song is in DigiTrad (along with a mid-to-late 1800 U.S. Cavalry song of the same title).Try a search for [Fiddler's Green].

The Connoly song is clearly structured after Tarpaulin Jacket, (text, not tune) and, IMO, clearly changes the idea enough to let it stand firmly on its own two feet as a new composition. John sang it at Mystic Seaport's Sea Music Festival a couple of years back, introducing it as "a medley of my greatest hit". It's one of the very rare singer/songwriter compositions that's good enough to be continually thought of as "traditional".