The Sailor’s Bonnet reel

Also known as The Sailor’s Bonn, The Sailors Bonnet, The Seller’s Bonnet.

There are 64 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Tarbolton (lots of times), The Longford Collector (lots of times), The Banshee (a few times), The Salamanca (a few times) and Anderson’s (a few times).

The Sailor's Bonnet has been added to 669 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Sailor's Bonnet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A2 FA d~f3|dfef d~B3| A2 FA dfef|1 dBAF ADDB :|2 dBAF ADD2||
|:~a3 a afef|afef d~B3|fb (3bbb bafa|bfaf feef|
b~f3 afed|afef d~B3|(3ABA FA dfef |1 dBAF ADD2 :|2 dBAF ADDB||
X: 2
T: The Sailor's Bonnet
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2 FA df f2|dfef dB B2| A2 FA dfef| dBAF AD D2 |
A2 FA dfef|dfef dB B2| A2 FA dfef|dBAF ADD2||
|:a3b afdf|afef dB B2|fb b2 bafa|b2 af fe e2|
bf f2 af f2|afef dB B2|A2 FA dfef |1 dBAF ADD2 :|2 dBAF ADDB||
# Added by JACKB .

Ten comments

The last of the tree reels in the "Tarbolon Set" this is both an easy & hard reel at the same time. Not much to it but since it’s got lots of repeated figures it’s a little tough to get the phrasing memorized. this is a great reel on it’s own as well.

It’s in B minor

it’s in B minor

It’s in D major

it’s in D major

you could call this kind o tune a ‘marching reel’. There are a few of those around, like The Cocktail, The Blackbird frae Clough, etc

Does anyone else play the first part four times, so that the first and second parts end up the same length? I found myself doing that at a session the other day, much to the confusion of some other musicians. I only realised afterwards that most people play the first part half the length of the second…

On an Arlo Guthrie Recording

iTunes has it credited to an Guthrie recording "Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys" 1973. Purely guessing by ear the fiddler’s Kevin Burke.

Arlo Guthrie’s Sailor’s Bonnet

After watching the subject video posted above, it seems a bit of misplaced credit to refer to the tune as Arlo’s. Especially since he seems to be playing a rather distracting old-time version of "Cripple Creek" against Kevin Burke fiddling the actual tune. I’ve always enjoyed playing the SB as part of the Tarbolton set, but the first time I heard this version, I was awestruck:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=usva3chWf5w

Martin Hayes, one of the truly great artists of our time.