Bonny Charlie hornpipe

Bonny Charlie has been added to 27 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Bonny Charlie
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
E2EF G2GA | BcBA G2GA | B2E2E2G2 | FGAF D4 |
E2EF G2GA | BcBA G2GA | B2E2 GFED | E4e4 :|
|: 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.

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