Bonny Anne reel

Also known as Bonnie Ann, Bonnie Anne, Bonnie Anne’s, Bonny Ann, Gather Round The Fire.

There are 13 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Hughie Travers’ (a few times) and Sporting Nell (a few times).

Bonny Anne has been added to 4 tune sets.

Bonny Anne has been added to 86 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Bonny Anne
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f2ed cAAB|cAdB cAA2|f2ed cAAB|cAGE FDD2|
f2ed cAAB|cAdB cAGE|DEFG Addc|(3ABA GE FDD2:|
|:Addc defg|a2af ~g3z|Addc dfed|cA{B}AG EFGE|
Addc defg|~a3f g2fg|afge dfed|cAGE FDD2:|
X: 2
T: Bonny Anne
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f2ed cA (3AAA|cAeA cAAg|fded cAAB|cAGE EDD2|
f2ed cA (3AAA|cAeA cAGE|DEFG AddB|cAGE EDD2:||
|:Addc defg|abaf g2 (3ABc|d2dc dfed|cAGE EDDF|
Addc defg|abaf g2fg|afge fded|cAGE EDD2:||
X: 3
T: Bonny Anne
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:f2 ed cA AB | c2 dB cA Ae | f2 ed cA AB | cA GE FD De |
f2 ed cA AB | cd Bc AG EF | DE FG Ad dc | A2 GE ED DB:||
|:Ad dc de fg |a2 af g2 (3ABc | d2 dc df ed |cA GE ED DB |
Ad dc de fg | a2 af g2 (3ABc | g2 fg af ge | df ed cA GE |
cA GE ED DB | Ad dc de fg | a2 af g2 (3ABc | d2 dc df ed |
cA GE ED DB | Ad dc de fg| a2 af g2 fg | af ge df ed |
cA GE ED D2 :||
X: 4
T: Bonny Anne
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
f2ed cAAB|cAdB cAAe|f2ed cAAB|cAGE FDD2|
f2ed cAAB|cAdB cAGE|DEFG Addc|~A2GE FDD2:|
|:Addc defg|~a3f gbag|fddc dfed|cAGE EFGE|
Addc defg|~a3f g2fg|af (3gfe dfed|cAGE FDD2:|

Twelve comments

I got this tune from bb via someone else at a session, so it’s been passed around a fair bit here. See Norbeck’s for a slightly different setting.

Thanks

I’ve been playing this tune for about 10 years and haven’t remember the last damn bar for about seven! The rest of it is (amazingly) almost note-for-note what I play. Cheers.

Another setting

See also the setting below, courtesy of Josephine Keegan from her book "A Drop In The Ocean".

X:1
T:Bonny Ann
M:4/4
R:Reel
K:D
|:f2ed cA (3AAA|cAeA cAAg|fded cAAB|cAGE EDD2|
f2ed cA (3AAA|cAeA cAGE|DEFG AddB|cAGE EDD2:||
|:Addc defg|abaf g2 (3ABc|d2dc dfed|cAGE EDDF|
Addc defg|abaf g2fg|afge fded|cAGE EDD2:||

This is one of those tunes that sounds good when Cnats replace some of the C#’s. I learned it from Teada’s setting.

Bonny Anne, X:3

Different in B part.

Re: Bonny Anne

What’s the source of your transcription, Rosie-123, and are you sure it it correct ? I count your 2nd part as having 17 bars, which to my knowledge would make it unique in Irish music. I have no idea how people would dance to that, and that is the reason for my query.

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