Sheet Music: Wha'll be King but Charlie

TitleWha'll be King but Charlie
Alternate titlesBehind the Bush in the Garden
Fy Buckle Your Belt
I Won't Do the Work
I Sat in the Valley Green
More Power to Ye
Over the River to Charlie
Royal Charlie
Se'n Righ a th'againn is fearr leinn
The News from Moidart
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyA minor
Time signature6/8
Tempo104 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2016-03-05
Last updated2016-03-05
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Celtic Music, Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Saturday 5 March 2016

Tune of the Day: Wha'll be King but Charlie

Traditional Scottish tune

In his 1815 book The Airs and Melodies Peculiar to the Highlands of Scotland and the Isles, Simon Fraser defines “Wha'll be King but Charlie” as a “grand old Jacobite rallying song”, and further states that it “is a melody common to Ireland as well as the Highlands of Scotland,—but, having been known in this country since 1745, as one of the incentives of rebellion; if originally Irish, some of the troops or partisans engaged for Charles from that country might have brought it over,—but the melody is simple and beautiful, assimilating itself very much to the style of either”.