Bonnie Lad (The)

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BONNIE LAD, THE. AKA - "Bonny Lad (1)," "Bonnie Lads." AKA and see "Bonny Boy," "Boney Lads," "Because He/I was a Bonnie/Bonny Lad," "Because He was a Bonny Boy." English, Reel. England, Northumberland. G Major (Kennedy/Fiddlers, Peacock): A Major (Cole, Hime, Kennedy/Dance Music): D Major (O'Neill). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Cole): AAB (Kennedy): AABB (Hime, Peacock): AA'BB' (O'Neill). There was a kissing dance by this (and a series of other) names popular in Scotland in the 18th and early 19th centuries (see note for "Babbity Bowster").

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Alexander (Alexander’s Fifty New Scotch & Irish Reels & Hornpipes), c. 1826; No. 20, p. 10. Cole (1000 Fiddle Tunes), 1940; p. 16 (appears as "Bonnie Lad"). Hime (Forty Eight Original Irish Dances Never Before Printed with Basses, vol. 1), Dublin, 1804; p. 15. Kennedy (Fiddlers Tune Book, vol. 1), 1951; No. 36, p. 18. Kennedy (Traditional Dance Music of Britain and Ireland, vol. 2: Reels and Rants), 1997; No. 11, p. 5. O'Neill (Waifs and Strays of Gaelic Melody), 1922; No. 226. Peacock (Peacock's Tunes), c. 1805; No. 6, p. 2. Ryan's Mammoth Collection, 1883; pp. 40 & 73.

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