O the bonny fisher lad

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O THE BONNY FISHER LAD. English, Air (4/4 time). England, Northumberland. B Minor. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The piece has been described as "A North country ballad" [Roud 3150]. It begins:

On Bamborough shire's rocky shore,
Just as you enter Bonmer Raw,
There lives the bonny fisher lad,
The fisher lad that bangs the a'.
My mother sent me out one day,
To gather cockles frae the sea;
But I had not been lang away,
When the fisher lad gat had o' me.

Chorus:
O the bonny fisher lad,
That brings the fishes frae the sea,
O the bonny fisher lad,
The fisher lad gat had o' me.


Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Bruce & Stokoe (Northumbrian Minstrelsy), 1882; pp. 100-101.

Recorded sources:




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