Bonnie Lass of Headlake (The)

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X:1 T:Bonnie Lass of Headlake, The M:C L:1/8 R:Marching Air Q:"Slow with expression" C:Gordon F. MacQuarrie B:Gordon F. MacQuarrie – The Cape Breton Collection of Scottish Melodies (1940, p. 35) K:D A,|{C}D>E F>G A/E/F/A/ d2{cB}|A(D/A/) B/A/G/F/ E/A,/C/E/ G2{FE}|{C}D>E F>G A/D/F/A/ d2 {cB}| A/D/F/A/ G/(A,/C/E/) (D2D):|f>g|a>f d(F/G/) Ad d2 {ef}|g>e {d}c/A/B/c/ e/d/g/f/ e2{fg}| a>f d/A/F/G/ A/F/G/A/ d2 {cB}|A/D/F/A/ .G/(A,/C/E/) (D2D) f>g| a>f d(F/G/) Ad d2 {ef}| g>e {d}c/A/B/c/ e/d/g/f/ e2 (F/E/)|D/A,/D/F/ A/D/F/A/ G/E/G/B/ {B}A/F/d/B/ {B}A/F/d/B/|A/D/F/A/ .G/(A,/C/E/) (D2D)|| P:Variation |:A,|{C}D/A,/D/F/ {F}A/D/A/F/ {A}G/e/G/B/ {B}A/F/d/B/|A/D/F/A/ B/A/G/F/ E/A,/C/E/ A/G/F/E/| D/A,/D/F/ A/D/F/A/ G/E/G/B/ A/F/D/B/ |A/D/F/A/ .G/(A,/C/E/) (D2D):|



BONNIE LASS OF HEADLAKE, THE. AKA - "Bonnie Lass o' Headlake." Canadian, Marching Air (whole time). Canada, Cape Breton. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. A popular 'marching air' composed by Cape Breton fiddler and composer Gordon F. MacQuarrie, perhaps in honor of fiddler Winnie Chafe, a native of Headlake, Cape Breton, a pretty country area near Lake Ainslie. The tune was picked up by Irish musicians in the 1960's and played as a hornpipe: fiddler Séamus Connolly first heard it at that time played by Paddy O'Brien with The Lough Gowna Céilí Band.

Additional notes

Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - MacQuarrie (The Cape Breton Collection of Scottish Melodies for the Violin), 1940; p. 35.

Recorded sources: -World Records WRC1-1546, Winnie Chafe ‎– "The Bonnie Lass Of Headlake: Cape Breton Scottish Violin Favorites." Natalie and Buddy MacMaster - "Traditional Music from Cape Breton Island" (2016). Nimbus Records, Natalie MacMaster - "From a Distant Shore: Traditional Irish & Cape Breton Music" (2015).

See also listing at:
Alan Snyder's Cape Breton Fiddle Recordings Index [1]
See Seamus Connolly's standard notation transcription of the tune set as a hornpipe [2]



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