Bonnie Charlie hornpipe

There are 2 recordings of this tune.

Bonnie Charlie has been added to 1 tune set.

Bonnie Charlie has been added to 10 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Bonnie Charlie
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
|:D3EF2FG | ABGB A2GB | A2D2D3F | EFEC A,2A,C |
D3EF2FG | ABGB A2GB | A2D2FED^C | D6 AF |2 Ac :|
dedc A3c | dedc A3f | efge c3f | efge c2fg |
a2fa g2eg | f2df e2^ce | d3e fedc | A2 d2 d2 A2 |
dedc A2A2 | f2f2 A3c | BAGF GFED | EFGE C2EF
D3EF2FG | ABGB A2GB | A2D2FED^C | D8 ||
X: 2
T: Bonnie Charlie
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmin
A2)|:"Dm"D2(DE)F2(FG) | ABGA F2((3GAB) | A2D2D3F | "C"EFGEC2,(FE) |
"Dm"D2(DE)F2(FG) | ABGA F2((3GAB) | A2D2"A7"FED^C |"Dm" D4 (D:|
A)|"Dm"dedc A2A2 | dedc A2f2 | "C"efge c2c2 | efge c2(fg) |
"F"a2(fa)"C" g2(eg) |"Bb" f2(df)"A7" fed^c|"Gm" d3 e "A7"fedc|"Dm"A2 d2 d2 A2 |
"Dm"dedc A2A2 | "F"f2f2 A3c | "Bb"BAGF "Gm"GFED |"C" EFGE C2(EF)
"F"A2(FA)"C"c2(Ac) |"Bb" defg "A7"fed^c|"Gm" dcBA "A7"AGFE |"Dm" D6D2 ||
# Added by Cyeon .
X: 3
T: Bonnie Charlie
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
E2EF G2GA | BcBA G2GA | B2E2 E2G2 | FGAF D4 |
E2EF G2GA | BcBA G2GA | B2E2 GFED | E4 e4 :|
||efed B2B2 | efed B4 | fgaf d2g2 | fgaf d2ga |
b2gb a2fa | g2eg f2df | e2ef gfed | e2ef g4 |
efed B2B2 | g2ab d4 | dcBA cBAG | FGAF D4 |
GFGA BABd | edef gfed | dcBA BAGF | E4 e4 ||

Six comments

Bonnie Charlie

Tune I found in a Mel Bay book and thought nobody else knew until I heard it playing at the National Folk Festival, 2016 in the Session Bar, by a group of Scottish fiddlers. I suppose that makes sense with the title…

Made a recording years ago:

Bonnie Charlie, X:2

Thanks for the recording, it helped me get a feel for the Tune. I found it in an old book from Taigh na Teud - Highland Tunes For The Fiddle Volume Three. Its marked as an traditional and put in the Ruighle ~ Reels category. The setting differs not that much, but it adds triplets to the A part and run in the B part. The book also contains some chord markings.

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Re: Bonnie Charlie

Can’t quite place it, but some of the phrases in this one remind me of a piece by O’Carolan.

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Bonnie Charlie, X:3

This is a version from the Winders of Wyresdale ( near Lancaster, NW England). See It’s in Airds Airs vol 2. Aka William of Orange. The A part sounds to me like a version of King of the Fairies.

Re: Bonnie Charlie

See, also

This is, definitely, a setting of K of the F. As far as I can find out it seems to be an earlier one.
Fairy is a euphemism for homosexual that came into use in the middle of the 19th century. More or less the same time that the tune appeared with the title King of the Fairies. Bonny Prince Charlie, he of the title, was famous for being gay. I wonder if there is a connection.

Please note. None of this is supported by much evidence. Pure conjecture. The only bit that I think is certain is that "Fairy" came in as a more polite version of "Brownie" about that time.