Come Over the Stream to Charlie

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COME OVER THE STREAM TO CHARLIE. AKA – "Come O'er the Stream, Charlie." AKA and see "Crossing the Stream," "MacLean's Welcome." Scottish, English; Waltz. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Kerr, Martin): AAB (Kennedy, Manson, O'Neill, Raven): AABCC (Barnes). The "Come O'er the Stream to Charlie" title comes from words set to the tune by Scottish poet James Hogg in his Jacobite Relics of Scotland (1821) where it appears under the title "MacLean's Welcome." In his note on the song (p. 301), Hogg says: "The air is beautiful, but the ingenious Captain Frazer has a better set of it in his collection." Charles Gore (Scottish Fiddle Music Index) finds the melody in Gale's Pocket Companion (c. 1800). Christine Martin (2002) says the tune appears in The Ballroom (1827) as "Guracha (The)," a Spanish dance. The melody is often used as a vehicle for the ceilidh dance Waltz Country Dance.

Source for notated version: Chicago Police Sergeant James O'Neill, a fiddler originally from County Down and Francis O'Neill's collaborator [O'Neill].

Printed sources: Barnes (English Country Dance Tunes, vol. 2), 2005; p. 139 (appears as "Waltz Country Dance"). Kennedy (Fiddlers Tune-Book, vol. 1), 1951; No. 74, p. 36. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 3), c. 1880's; No. 306, p. 33. Manson (Hamilton's Universal Tune Book, vol. 1), 1854; p. 121. Martin (Traditional Scottish Fiddling), 2002; p. 39. O'Neill (Music of Ireland: 1850 Melodies), 1903; No. 153, p. 27. Raven (English Country Dance Tunes), 1984; p. 136.

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