The Kerry slide

Also known as O’er The Water To Charlie, Over The Water To Charlie, Sean Bui.

There are 3 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Kerry has been added to 5 tune sets.

The Kerry has been added to 131 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Kerry
R: slide
M: 12/8
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:||
X: 2
T: The Kerry
R: slide
M: 12/8
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:|
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X: 3
T: The Kerry
R: slide
M: 12/8
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 |
X: 4
T: The Kerry
R: slide
M: 12/8
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|

Twenty comments

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 |

The Kerry, X:4

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

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:|