Come Over the Stream to Charlie

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X:1 T:Come o’er the stream Charlie M:3/4 L:1/8 N:”Jacobite Air” B:Manson – Hamilton’s Universal Tune Book vol. 1 (1854, p. 121) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G "Moderate"G|G3 Bd2|d2B2e2|d2B {f}g2|d2B2A2|G3B d2|D2B2 GE| D2B2A2|G4:::d2|g3f g2|e3f g2|e2a3g|f2d2d2| g3f g2|(e2d2c2)|(B2A2G2)|d4 B2|c3d c2|B2d2g2| d3B G2|B2A2d2|g3f e2|d2g2e2|d2g2f2|g4||



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.


Additional notes
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"). Frank Harding (Harding's Original Collection of Reels and Jigs), 1897; No. 196, p. 62. 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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