Sailor's Bonnet (The)
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SAILOR'S BONNET, THE (“Bairéad an mháirnéalaigh” or “Boinéad na tSeoltóra”). AKA and see "Highlander's Bonnet." Irish, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). ABB (Reiner & Anick): AABB (most versions): AABB’ (Moylan). The “Sailor’s Bonnet” is the third tune of a famous medley by Sligo fiddler Michael Coleman (1891-1945) (following “Tarbolton (The)” and “Longford Collector"), a recording that was so influential that the medley is still played at Irish sessions to this day. The first part of the tune is usually played single, and the second part doubled, totaling eight and sixteen bars, respectively. Harry Bradshaw and Jackie Small note that, while Coleman helped to popularize it, “The Sailor’s Bonnet” had been comparatively unknown until the 1929 78 RPM recording of it by the duet of Leitrim flute player John McKenna (1880-1947) and Sligo fiddler James Morrison (d. 1947), which predates Coleman’s 1934 recording.
Breathnach (1963) notes that Paddy O’Brien has another setting in his Irish Folk Music (176). The second strain of “Sailor’s Bonnet” is similar to the second part of the American breakdown “Billy in the Lowground (1).”