Bonny Breast Knot reel

Also known as The Bonny Breast Knot, Bonny Breast Knots, The Bonny Breast Knots, Bonny Breastknot, Bonny Breastknots, The Sussex Bonny Breast Knot.

There are 7 recordings of this tune.

Bonny Breast Knot has been added to 5 tune sets.

Bonny Breast Knot has been added to 27 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Bonny Breast Knot
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dc|B2 G2 G2 AB|cBAG A2 D2|GABA GABA|GA B2 d2>c2|
B2 G2 G2 AB|cBAG A2 D2|GA B2 A2 dc|B2 G2 G2:|
|:Bc|d4 d2>e2|dcBA G2 B2|AGAB cBcd|e2 A2 A2 Bc|
d4 d2>e2|dcBA G2 B2|A2 c2 D2 EF|G2 B2 G2:|
X: 2
T: Bonny Breast Knot
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dc|B2 G2 G2 AB|cBAG F2 D2|G2 B2 G2 B2|G2 B2 d3 c|
B2 G2 G2 AB|cBAG F2 D2|G2 B2 d3 c|B2 G2 G2:|
|:Bc|d3 e d3 e|dcBA G2 G2|A2 B2 cBcd|e2 A2 A2 Bc|
d3 e d3 e|dcBA G2 G2|A2 A2 D2 EF|G2 G2 G2:|

Six comments

i don’t know much about this tune; could be English. around here it’s inevitably followed by Bonny Kate (not the Irish one; Wood & Cutting recorded the same set on "Knock John".

It is of course the tune from Sussex (England) that you have posted, rtarnell.

Foor the benefit of anyone interested, Bonny Breast Knot (Devon, England)) is another fine English tune - and totally different from the Sussex one.

Both tunes are associated with dances of the same name, so the tune that is the subject of this particular posting might perhaps be more appropriately be classified as "barndance", rather than "reel".

I’m told that there a third tune (different again) also called "Bonny Breast Knot", though I’ve never been able to track it down ….

Bonny Breat Knot

Cutting & Wood do it in D. I have only ever played it in G and only ever heard it at sessions in G

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"Devon" Bonny Breastknots

I know this posting is the "Sussex" Bonny Breastknots, but the Devon tune of the same name which has (inevitably) been referred to is to all intents and purposes the first two parts of the "Jolly Tinker" (q.v.), usually a five-part.

Bonny Breast Knot, X:2

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol (UK).

Probably a more commonly-played setting than X:1