Sheet Music: King of the Fairies

TitleKing of the Fairies
Alternate titlesBonnie Charlie
King William of Orange
Your Old Wig is the Love of My Heart
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG minor
Time signature4/4
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time1:40
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2012-04-30
Last updated2012-04-30
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Celtic Music, Dance tunes, Traditional/Folk


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Monday 30 April 2012

Tune of the Day: King of the Fairies

Traditional Irish tune

One tale attached to this traditional dance tune has it that “King of the Fairies” is a summoning tune, and if played three times in a row during a festivity the King must appear. Once summoned, however, the King assesses the situation, and if the gathering is to his liking he may join in; if however, he does not find it to his liking he may cause great mischief. “King of the Fairies” appears to be derived from a Jacobite tune called “Bonny Charlie”, appearing in many 18th-century Scottish and English publications.

Thanks to Jess for suggesting this tune!