BONNY NELL. English, Country Dance Tune (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Chappell states the tune was originally a ballad tune, though the words had been lost by his time. He found a few references to the ballad, one as early as 1622 when it was mentioned in The Anatomie of the English Nunnery at Lisbon and was apparently a favorite with the nuns of the convent. The melody appears in Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin (1670).
Printed source: Chappell (Popular Music of the Olden Time), vol. 2, 1859; p. 23.
X: 1 T:Bonny Nell M:6/8 L:1/8 S:Apollo's Banquet for the Treble Violin (1670) N:I added a sharp to the 'c' in the 7th measure, first stain N:The c sharp in the 6th measure was given Z:AK/Fiddler's Companion K:G d|(B3 G2)c|(A3 F2)B|GFG E2A|(F3 D2)D|G2G ABc| B2B B^cd|e2d d2^c|(d3 d2)||A|A>BA ABc|d>ed d2c| B>AG G2F|E3 B2B|C2D EFG|G2A F2G|ABc A2F|(G3G2)||
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