Sean Bui jig

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

There are 30 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Sean Bui appears in 2 other tune collections.

Sean Bui has been added to 27 tune sets.

Sean Bui has been added to 377 tunebooks.

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Fourteen settings

1
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|
2
X: 2
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GBd edB ege dBG|GBd edB e2 f g3|
GBe edB ege dBG|GBe edB e2 f g3:|
|:bag agd efg dBG|bag agd e2 a a3|
bag agd efg dBG|GBd edB e2 f g3:||
3
X: 3
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:G,B,D EB,D EFG DB,D|G,B,D EB,D E2 F G3|
G,B,D EB,D EFG DB,D|1 BAG AGF E2 F G3:|2 BAG AGF E2 F G2 A||
|:BAG AGF EFG DB,D|BAG AGF E2 AA2 A|
BAG AGF EFG DB,D|1 G,B,D EB,D E2 F G2 A:|2 G,B,D EB,D E2 F G3|
# Added .
4
X: 4
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
| D2F A2A | BdB AFE | D2F AFA | B2c d2d |
D2F A2A | BdB AFA | fed cBA | B2c d2e |
fed cBA | BdB AFA | fed cBA | B2c d2e |
fed cBA | BdB AFE | D2F A2A | B2c d3 |
5
X: 5
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: GBd eBd | efg dBd | GBd eBd | e2f g3 |
GBd eBd | efg dBd | bag agf | e2f g3 :|
|: bag agf | efg dBd | bag agf | e2a a3 |
bag agf | efg dBd | G3 dBd | e2f g3 :|
6
X: 6
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 :|
7
X: 7
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|]
8
X: 8
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:|
9
X: 9
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 .
10
X: 10
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
DAD AFA | BGB AFA | DED AFA | B2c d3|
DAD AFA | BGB AFA | dfd ecA | B2c d2 A||
|:dfd ecA | dcB AFA | dfd ecA | B2c d2A:|
dfd ecA | dcB AFA | DED AFA | B2c d2f|
afd ecA | dcB AFA | DED AFA | B2c d3||
11
X: 11
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|:DAD AFA | BGB AFA | DAD AFA | B2c d2A|
DAD AFA | BGB AFA | dfd ecA | B2c d2A:|
|dfd ecA | dcB AFA | dfd ecA | B2c d2A|
dfd ecA | dcB AFA | DAD AFA | B2c d2A|
dfd ecA | dcB AFA | dfd ecA | B2c dfg|
afd gec | dcB AFA | DAD AFA | B2c d3||
# Added by BenH .
12
X: 12
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
B|: AFD D.F/.G/A | D.F/.G/A AdB | AFD D.F/.G/A | BBA BdB |
AFD DD/D/D | DD/D/D ABc | def .g/.f/ef | fdB B2d :|
A.dd f.dd |e.dd f.dd | A.B/.c/d f.dd | edB B2d | Add .g/.f/ee |
.g/.f/ee f.dd |gfe fdB |1 A.F/.G/A B2d :|2 A.F/.G/A B3 |]
13
X: 13
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DDD AFA BGB AFA|DDD AFA BBc dBA|
|DDD AFA BGB AFA|dfd ecA BBc d2 A:|
|dfd ecA dcB AFA|dfd ecA BBc d2 A|
|dfd ecA dcB AFA|DDD AFA B2c d2 A|
|dfd ecA dcB AFA|dfd ecA B2c d2 f|
|afd ecA dcB AFA|DDD AFA B2c d3|
14
X: 14
T: Sean Bui
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:DDD AFA|BGB AFA|DDD AFA|BBc dBA|
DDD AFA|BGB AFA|dfd ecA|BBc d2 A:|
dfd ecA|dcB AFA|dfd ecA| BBc d2 A|
dfd ecA|dcB AFA|DDD AFA |B2c d2 A|
dfd ecA|dcB AFA|dfd ecA|B2c d2 f|
afd ecA|dcB AFA|DDD AFA|B2c d3||

Thirty-five 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 " .

The Kerry Slide

Enjoy! Try upping the tempo to 140 for 5-string banjo. That will give the fingers a workout!


Doc

Over The Water To Charlie

I recognise this from a set that the Bothy Band played.

They start with Rosie Finn’s Favourite, then play this (which they call Over The Water To Charlie) and finish with The Kid On The Mountain.

The Bothy’s version is in G, as posted by Doc, and fiddle starts out an octave lower then moves to the higher octave for the last go round. I’ve also heard this played in sessions in D—same fiddle fingering as the low octave in G but moved up a string.

Here’s the low octave G setting:

|G,B,D EB,D EFG DB,D|G,B,D EB,D E2 F G3|
|G,B,D EB,D EFG DB,D|1 BAG AGF E2 F G3:|
|2 BAG AGF E2 F G2 A||
|BAG AGF EFG DB,D|BAG AGF E2 AA2 A|
|BAG AGF EFG DB,D|1 G,B,D EB,D E2 F G2 A:|
|2 G,B,D EB,D E2 F G3|

On the 1975 album, it sounds to me like Peoples is "cranning" or rolling the open G, string instead of playing G,B,D.

Posted .

Oops, sorry, that’s the Live In Concert album. They call it Sean Bui (Yellow john).

Posted .

no, thanks for posting that! ive been trying to figure out the bothy version, and i was confused because i thought that it was ded and not dBd after the efg. and the notes in the endings are switched around from how i heard them.

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Over the Water to Charlie

Hi Everyone, I have been looking for the above tune but the version that the Bothy Band plays. I don’t think the one listed in the tune section is that version. Can anyone help? Thanks. Lowhistle

Re: Over the Water to Charlie

"spindizzy’s" link is as near as dammit to the Bothy Band version.

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Re: Over the Water to Charlie

If you have the rcording, why do you need the music?

Posted .

Tune Question

Hello Everybody, I am trying to find the music for "Over the Water to Charlie’s", and the version listed here is not the one I neeed. My request is the middle tune of The Bothy Band’s Rosie Finn’s Favourite-Over the water to Charlie-Kid on the Mountain. Thanks.

Re: Tune Question

Look up, under Tunes: The Kerry (it’s entered here as a slide).

It is recognisably the Bothy Band tune but has some differences (and I like the setting less). In the Comments below, someone has given the ABC’s for the Bothy Band version as played on their Live In Concert album - it’s played/notated an octave down, based on low G,

A transcription of the tune as played on the Bothies’ first album doesn’t seem to be in the Tunes base or comments.

Re: Tune Question

Tonya’s got it for you.

Re: Tune Question

I should have said, above, "played on the Bothies’ *second* album" ("Old Hag You Have Killed Me").

Another

As once played in the USA from early fiddlers:

X:1
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
K:D
| D2F A2A | BdB AFE | D2F AFA | B2c d2d |
| D2F A2A | BdB AFA | fed cBA | B2c d2e |
| fed cBA | BdB AFA | fed cBA | B2c d2e |
| fed cBA | BdB AFE | D2F A2A | B2c d3 |

Name this tune

I heard this on an album once, I just don’t remember who playted it; I think it was Bothy Band.

Oh..

Jeez, don’t know how I missed that. There are some big differences but they’re clearly the same tune. I guess I’ll save both of them side by side in another file.

Pretty much Sean Bui in G isn’t it?

Posted .

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

Re: Sean Bui

There’s a nice 6-part version in James Oswald’s Caledonian Pocket Companion (Book 11, I think) under the name "Shanbuie".

Sean Bui, X:11

As played by Nollaig Mac Cárthaigh on the NPU beginners piper tutor.

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The Kerry, X:13

Setting I heard from Tommy Reck’s field beautiful Album "The Stone in the Field", under the name of "Sean Bui". It seems to be a more common setting amongst pipers, or atleast very similar to this one.

IIRC he borrowed Pat Sky’s Rowsome flat set in that particular recording.

Re: The Kerry

Whoops! I thought this was the correct place for the "official" Sean Bui! Oh well

Sean Bui, X:14

Tommy Reck’s version from the field album ‘The Stone in the Field", of which was played on Pat Sky’s own Rowsome Flat set which Pat lent to Tommy whilst recording.

Re: The Kerry

For comparison.. This is "Over the Water to Charlie" from the "Winders of Wyresdale.."
X:1
T:147 Over The Water To Charlie
M:6/8
S:James Winder Ms, Lancashire, 1835-41
S:in Airds2
S: 4 part version from Jackson
R:Jig
A:Wyresdale,Lancashire
K:D
A2A A>BG | FGE D>FG | A>BA AFA | B3 d3 |
D2D DEF | GAF E2D | dcB AFA | B3 d3 :|
|:d2e fgf | efd ecA | d2e fgf | e3 A3 |
d2e f>gf | efd ecA | B/2c/2dB AFA | B3 d3 :|
|:AFD AFD | BGE BGE | AFD DFA | B3 d3 |
AFD dAF | GAF E2D | fed AFA | B3 d3 :|
|:dfd dfd | ecA acA | dfd dfd | e3 A3 |
dfd afd | c/2d/2ec ecA | B/2c/2dB AFA | B3 d3:|