Because He Was A Bonny Lad

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    This is a traditional pipe tune with Northumbrian and Scottish versions, and variously listed as a rant, polka, strathspey or reel. It's also used as the air for a folk song of the same name (as recorded by The Unthanks). The great Kathryn Tickell has an impossibly charming home recording from her kitchen here.

    My instrumental recording on mandolin and tenor guitar is based on Paul Hardy's tunebook:

    Mid-Missouri M-0W mandolin
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

  2. Ginny Aitchison
    Ginny Aitchison
    Very nice Martin, sounds like there were some challenges with note values, which you nailed, but I think the composer put them in just to scare people away.
  3. Frithjof
    Well played, Matin. Thanks for the link to Kathtryn Tickell's home recording.
  4. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    Thanks, Ginny and Frithjof!

    It's a pipe tune, which tend to be rhythmically complex. The version I've played is Scottish rather than Northumbrian, so its rhythm is a bit spikier than Kathryn Tickell plays it, with lots of Scotch snaps.

  5. Simon DS
    Simon DS
    Thanks again Martin.

    Be aware that the orig. K. Tickell version was in F, this is in D (much easier) Will post key of F if I get time later tonight. Enjoy!

    T:Because He Was A Bonny Lad
    R: reel
    M: 4/4
    S:Tabbed from Kathryn Tickell (origin. key F) version by Simon DS (to key D)
    L: 1/8
    K:D maj
    A2|:F3ED2d2|Bcd2 A2F2|G2B2A2F2|G2 E2E2 A2|
    F3ED2d2|Bcd2A2F2|G2B2A2G2|1F2D2D2A2:||2F2D2D2 AG|
    F2D2A2D2|B2D2A2D2|G2B2A2F2|G2E2E2 AG|
    F2D2A2D2|B2D2A2D2|G2B2A2G2|F2D2D2 AG|
    F2D2A2D2|B2D2A2D2|G2B2A2F2|G2E2E2 A2|
    F3ED2d2|Bcd2A2F2|G2B2A2G2|F2D2D2 :|

    T:Because He Was A Bonny Lad
    S:Tabbed from Kathryn Tickell (origin. key F) version by Simon DS
    c2|:A3GF2f2|def2 c2A2|B2d2c2A2|B2 G2G2 c2|
    A3GF2f2|def2c2A2|B2d2c2B2|1A2F2F2c2:||2A2F2F2 cB|
    A2F2c2F2|d2F2c2F2|B2d2c2A2|B2G2G2 cB|
    A2F2c2F2|d2F2c2F2|B2d2c2B2|A2F2F2 cB|
    A2F2c2F2|d2F2c2F2|B2d2c2A2|B2G2G2 c2|
    A3GF2f2|def2c2A2|B2d2c2B2|A2F2F2 :|
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