Sean Bui jig

Also known as The Frenchpark, O’er The Water To Charlie, Over The Water To Charlie, Over The Water ToCharlie, Yellow John.

There are 20 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Kid On The Mountain (a few times) and Rosie Finn’s Favourite (a few times).

Sean Bui has been added to 212 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DAD AFA | BGB AFA | D3 AFA | B2c d3:|
|dfd ecA | dcB AFA | dfd ecA | B2c d2A|
dfd ecA | dcB AFA | D3 AFA | B2c d2A|
dfd ecA | dcB AFA | dfd ecA | B2c dfg|
afd gec | dcd AFA | D3 AFA | B2c d3|
X: 2
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
"G" GBd dBd | "Em" egB BAG | "G" GBd dBd | "C" e3 g2 G |
"G" GBd dBd | "Em" egB BAG | "G" gbg "D" afd | "C" e3 "G" g2 :|
"G" gbg "D" afd | "Em" egB BAG | "G" gbg "D" afd | "C" e3 g2 d |
"G" gbg "D" afd | "Em" egB BAG | "G" GBd dBd | "C" e3 "G" g2 :|
DFA AFA | BdF FED | DFA AFA | B3 d2 D |
DFA AFA | BdF FED | dfd ecA | B3 d2 :|
dfd ecA | BdF FED | dfd ecA | B3 d2 A |
dfd ecA | BdF FED | DFA AFA | B3 d2 :|
X: 3
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D|DFA AFA|BGB A2F|DFA AFA|B2c d2D|
DFA AFA|BGB A2(B/2c/2)|dfd ecA|B2c d2||
e|fdf ece|dcB A2(d/2e/2)|fdf ecA|B2c d2e|
fdf ece|dcB A2F|DFA AFA|B2c d2||
z|d3c3|BcB A2z|DFA AFA|B2c d3|
dBd cAc|BGB A2(B/2c/2)|def ecA|B2c d2|]
X: 4
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(d/e/)|fed AFA|BGB AFA|fed AFA|Bgf e2 (d/e/)|
fed AFA|BGB AFA|fed AFA|B2 c d2:|
|:(d/e/)|f2 a e2 a|ded cBA |f2 a e2 a|gfg a2 a|
bgb afa|geg fde|fed AFA|B2 c d2:|
X: 5
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DF/G/A AFA | BGB AFA | D3 AFA | Bec d2A|
DF/G/A AFA | BGB AFA |dfd ecA|B3 d3:||
|:dg/f/d ecA | dcB AFA | dg/f/d ecA | B3 d2A|
dg/f/d ecA | dcB AFA | D3 AFA | Bec d2A||
# Added by JACKB .

Seven comments

Recordings

There’ s a very nice recording of this tune by Liam O’ Flynn, Andy Irvine and Mick Hanly on the CD
" Magic Irish Instrumentals " .

thanks for the link to this better version.

“O’er / Over the Water to Charlie”

X: 2
T: Over the Water to Charlie
S: "The Oregon Country Dance Orchestra Tune Book"
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Gmaj
|: G |\
"G" GBd dBd | "Em" egB BAG | "G" GBd dBd | "C" e3 g2 G |
"G" GBd dBd | "Em" egB BAG | "G" gbg "D" afd | "C" e3 "G" g2 :|
|: d |\
"G" gbg "D" afd | "Em" egB BAG | "G" gbg "D" afd | "C" e3 g2 d |
"G" gbg "D" afd | "Em" egB BAG | "G" GBd dBd | "C" e3 "G" g2 :|

Transposed for comparison

K: DMaj
|: D |\
DFA AFA | BdF FED | DFA AFA | B3 d2 D |
DFA AFA | BdF FED | dfd ecA | B3 d2 :|
|: A |\
dfd ecA | BdF FED | dfd ecA | B3 d2 A |
dfd ecA | BdF FED | DFA AFA | B3 d2 :|

Appears in two setting as "Yellow John" in O’Neill’s 1850 (numbers 1832 & 1833).
Both settings added here (copied from John Chambers’ transcriptions).
A "Seán bui" (yellow John) can be a disparaging term for a "pompous Englishman" (John Bull type) or even, so I’m told, England.
Whether the title of this tune refers to this, I don’t know.

The song "Over the water to Charlie", sung to a variant of this tune is well known. One of the best versions I’ve heard was sung by Tom McConville and Dab Hand. Tom playing fiddle and singing simultaneously.

It’s over the water, it’s over the sea
It’s over the water tae Charlie
Come weal, come woe, we’ll gather and go
To live or die wi’ Charlie

Sean Bui, X:5

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