T: The Bonfire
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|]
There are 4 recordings of this tune.
The Bonfire has been added to 2 tunebooks.
Appears in the Athole Collection. Who wrote it?
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.
Sandy MacIntyre plays it in Em.
Looks very like a version of this tune… https://thesession.org/tunes/17829#setting34531
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.)