Witchman’s Thistle hornpipe

Also known as Witchmen’s Thistle.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Witchman's Thistle
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:B3c dBG2|edce dBG2|edce dBG2|cBAG A4|
B3c dBG2|edce dBG2|edcB cBAG|1 ABcB A2 D2:|2 A2A2 G4||

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Witchman’s Thistle

I learned this tune last night at one of the occasional sessions in The Old Station Inn at Hallatrow in Somerset. The first part is a little reminiscent of The King of the Fairies, but it takes a different path in Gmaj for the second part.


This tune is used by OBJ to accompany their dance known as "Witchmen’s Thistle" (which is also danced by Wicket Brood), which is a variation of the Witchmen’s dance "Rochester Thistle".

As far as I know, this tune itself was actually written by Doug Brown and is often referred to just as "Thistle" as much as "Witchmen’s Thistle". It is played without repeats, and the B part ends slightly differently:
edcB cBAG | AB cB A4
With the final time played:
edcB cBAG | AB cA G4
(and thus also ending on a G chord).

When played in public, especially on a melodeon, we do end up playing the D after the A at the end of the B part, in order to make an easy transition back to the A part, although it isn’t technically written so!

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