Annotation:Hurrah for the Bonnets of Blue

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X:1 T:Hurrah for the Bonnets of Blue M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Air or Jig Q:"Con Spirito" B:Davidson's Gems of Scottish Melody (n.d., p. 31) Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G D|G>AG Bcd|D>ED DEF|G2e dBG|A3 ABA| G>AG B>cd|D>ED D2e|d>cB AGA|G3-G2|| G|FGA ABA|D3-DAG|FGA AB^c|d3- d^c=c| B2A GEF|G2A B2^d|eBA GAF|E3-E2|| F|GA>G B<dB|G3-G2D|GFe dBG|A3-ABc| B2A GAB|cde !fermata!d2e|d>cB AGA|G3-G2||

HURRAH FOR THE BONNETS OF BLUE. AKA and see "Bonnets so Blue." English, Scottish; Air and Jig (6/8 time). England, Northumberland. G Major (Hall & Stafford, Manson, Raven): D Major (Ross, Sweet). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Hall & Stafford, Manson, Raven): AAB (Ross): AABB (Sweet): ABC (Davidson). 'Blue Bonnets' is a euphemism for the Scots, stemming, it is said, from the custom of Jacobite troops identifying themselves with a white cockade worn on a blue bonnet, the only thing that passed for a uniform in those days. The white cockade emblem is said to have originated when Bonnie Prince Charlie plucked a wild rose and pinned it to his hat. See additional morris and country dance versions as "Bonnets so Blue (1)."

Additional notes

Printed sources : - G.H. Davidson (Davidson's Gems of Scottish Melody), n.d. (possibly c. 1830's); p. 31. Hall & Stafford (Charlton Memorial Tune Book), 1956; p. 14. Manson (Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1), 1853; p. 183. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 112. William Ross (Ross's Collection of Pipe Music), 1869; No. 89, pp. 92-93. Sweet (Fifer's Delight), 1964/1981; p. 21.

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