The Bonfire strathspey

There are 4 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Bonfire has been added to 2 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Bonfire
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
f\|d<G d>c d<G B>G|f>d c<f A<F F<f|d<G d>c d<G B>G|b>g a>fg2g:|
f\|d<gg2d>g B<G|f>d c>f A<F F<f|d<gg2d<g g>a|b>g a>fg2g>a|
b>a g>g (3fgf d>g|f>d c<f A<F F<f|d<G d>c d<G B>G|b>g a>fg2g|]

Five comments

The Bonfire

Appears in the Athole Collection. Who wrote it?

Re: The Bonfire

It’s in Simon Fraser (1874 edition, page 22), as Tein’-aigheir air each bean dhuibh.
Given that a lot of the tunes there date from the 18th century I think you might struggle to find the composer.

Re: The Bonfire

Sandy MacIntyre plays it in Em.

Re: The Bonfire

It’s probable that Captain Fraser wrote it himself, influenced when multiple bonfires were lit on several hills in Inverness County to celebrate (possibly) General Simon Fraser of Lovat’s election to the House of Commons in 1761. (I’m not sure if the two Simon Frasers were closely related.)