“Tam Buie (Tam Bo, Magherafelt Hiring Fair)”


The (widow) attempts to hire Tam. He asks about his wages. He talks her into an increase, then asks about his diet. Satisfied, he asks where he will sleep. After turning down several offers, he agrees to sleep with, and marry, her


In plot, this is identical with "Bargain With Me," but the form resembles nothing so much as "My Good Old Man." It seems to me best to keep "Tom Buie" and "Bargain With Me" separate, while noting their extreme similarity. Roud of course lumps them. - RBW

Cross references


  1. SHenry H748, p. 263, "Magherafelt Hiring Fair" (1 text, 1 tune)
  2. Kennedy 194 (notes), (no title) (1 text, probably incomplete, but recognizably this, treated as a version of "Bargain With Me"; Kennedy also includes a portion of the Sam Henry text)
  3. Roud #366
  4. BI, HHH748


Alternate titles: “Tam Bowie”
Author: unknown
Earliest date: 1938 (Sam Henry collection)
Found in: Ireland Britain(Scotland)