The Red-Haired Hag jig

Also known as An Cailleach Rua, Cailleach Rua, The Red Haired Hag, The Redhaired Hag.

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

The Red-Haired Hag has been added to 12 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Red-Haired Hag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|: f | ecA aeA | cde gfg | BGG dGG | Bcd d2f |
ecA aeA | cde fga | def gdB | ecA A2 :|
|: e | agf ecA | cde fga | BGB dBG | Bcd d2e |
agf ecA | cde ~a3 | def gdB | ecA A2 :|
X: 2
T: The Red-Haired Hag
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
f | ecA aeA | cde =gfg | B=GG dGG | Bcd d2f |
ecA aeA | cde fga | def =gdB | ecA A2 :|
e | agf ecA | cde fga | B=GB dBG | Bcd d2e |
agf ecA | cde a3 | def =gdB | ecA A2 :|

Four comments

The Red-Haired Hag

I learned this tune off Réalta’s album.

I did some searches for it on the web, and found it in basically the same setting in a couple of different places, but not here. There are rumors that it’s in O’Neill’s. I don’t know.

With tunes like this one that fit the range and scale of the Highland pipe, I always wonder about Scottish influence. Is this tune Scottish? Was it originally? Or is it just coincidence?

Re: The Red-Haired Hag

It is in O’Neill’s, at least in Miles Krassen’s edition.

Re: The Red-Haired Hag

Yep, definitely in O’Neill’s, exactly as given above. It’s No. 157 in 1001 Gems, and No. 923 in the 1850 Melodies. Lovely little tune.

The Red-Haired Hag, X:2

The setting from O’Neill’s 1001 (#157), which has a bit different layout of g naturals / sharps.