Bonny Charlie hornpipe

There is 1 recording of this tune.

Bonny Charlie has been added to 1 tune set.

Bonny Charlie has been added to 29 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Bonny Charlie
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:efed B2B2|efed B4|fgaf d2g2|fgaf d2 ga|
b2gb a2fa|g2eg f2df|e2ef gfed|e2df g4|
efed B2B2|g2 ab B4|dcBA cBAG|FGAF D4|
GFGA BABd|edef gfed|dcBA BAGF|E4 e4:|

Three comments

Or maybe…………

But which came first ? According to the “Fiddler’s Companion” notes on the tunes :-
“King of the Fairies” appears to be derived from a Jacobite tune called “Bonny Charlie,” appearing in many 18th century Scots and Northern English publications, such as Aird (1783)“.
The “King” would appear to be a variant of “Charlie” – not the other way round.

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Bonny Charlie as a Strathspey

I learned this tune from the Niel Gow Collection, where it was listed as a Strathspey. I’ve heard it so played on a collection of Scottish tunes. If I can find the album, I’ll list it the recording section.

I’ve used it as the third piece of a set of Scottish tunes: Flowers of Edinburgh + Wind that Shakes the Barley + Bonnie Charlie and end with Flowers again. In my opinion, the change to the minor key in Bonnie Charlie is a bit of a suprise and a delightful little musical trick to pull on the listener after two bright major key tunes.