The Hag At The Spinning Wheel jig

Also known as Cailín An Túirna, Cailleach An Túirne, Cailleach An Túirne, Garrett Barry’s, Gearoid De Barra, Kiss Me Darling, Kiss Me Darling, The Ladies’ Fancy, Maid At The Spinning Wheel, The Maid At The Spinning Wheel, The Maid At The Spinning Wheel, Maid At The Spinnning Wheel, The Maid Of The Spinning Wheel, The Maid Of The Spinning Wheel, Maire An Phortair, Nora Kista, Nora Likes Cake, Nora With The Purse, Nora With The Purse, Nora’s Purse, Noran Kista, Norickystie, Port An Achreidh, The Road To Lurgan, Sergeant Early’s, The Spinning Wheel, The Spinning Wheel, Tune The Fiddle, Tune The Fiddle, The Wild Irishman, Wreathe The Bowl.

There are 42 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Do You Want Any More? (a few times) and Tatter Jack Walsh (a few times).

The Hag At The Spinning Wheel has been added to 9 tune sets.

The Hag At The Spinning Wheel has been added to 325 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Hag At The Spinning Wheel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:GBG BcA|BcA B2D|GBG BcA|F2G AFD|
GBG BcA|BcA Bge|fed cAF|1GAG G2D:|2GAG Gdc||
|:BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|~D3 AFD|EFG ABc|
BAG AFD| ~D3 FEF|ded cAF|1GAG Gdc:|2GAG G2D||
|:GBd gba|gdB ecA|ded cAG|F2G AFD|
GBd gba|gdB ede|fed cAF|1GAG G2D:|2GAG Gdc||
|:BAG Aed|Bed Aed|Bed AFD|EFG ABc|
BAG AFD|~D3 FEF|ded cAF|1GAG Gdc:|2GAG G2D||
X: 2
T: The Hag At The Spinning Wheel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3 B2G|BcA B2D|~G3 cAG|F2G AFD|~G3 B2G|BcA Bge|fed cAF|1 GAG G2D:|2 GAG
|:BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|~D3 AFD|EFG ABc|BAG AFD|~D3 FEF|ded cAF|1 GAG G2c:|2 G
|:GBd gba|gdB ecA|dBG cAG|F2G AFD|GBd gba|gdB ~e3|fed cAF|1 GAG G2D:|2 G
|:BAG Afd|Bfd Agd|Bfd AFD|EFG ABc|BAG AFD|~D3 FEF|ded cAF|1 GAG G2c:|2 G
X: 3
T: The Hag At The Spinning Wheel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|G3 B2G|c2A B2G|GBd cAG|~F3 DEF|
GAG B2G|c2A B2G|ded cAF|G3 G2:|
|:c|BAG AFD|DED FED|BAG AFD|~F3 ABc|
BAG AFD|DED FED|BdB cAF|G3 G2:|
X: 4
T: The Hag At The Spinning Wheel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
c|BAG Afd|Bgd Afd|Bgd AFD|EFG ABc|BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|ded cAF|AGF G2 c|
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X: 5
T: The Hag At The Spinning Wheel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
GGG ABG | BcA B2 D | G2 G BAG | F2 G AFD |
GGG ABG | BcA Bdg | fed cAF | AGF G2 D :|
BAG AFD | D3 AFD | D3 AFD| EFG ABc |
BAG AFD | D3 AFD | ded cAF | AGF G2 :|
GBd gba | gdB ecA | dBG cAG | F2 G AFD |
GBd gba | gdB ecA | fed cAF | AGF G2 :|
BAG Afd | Agd Afd | Agd AFD | EFG ABc |
BAG AFD | D3 AFD | ded cAF | AGF G2 :|
X: 6
T: The Hag At The Spinning Wheel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
~G3 B2 G | BcA B2 D | ~G3 cAG | F2 G AFD |
~G3 B2 G | BcA Bge | fed cAF | GAG G2 :|
BAG AFD | ~D3 AFD | ~D3 AFD | EFG ABc |
BAG AFD | ~D3 FEF | ded cAF | GAG G2 :|
GBd gba | gdB ecA | dBG cAG | F2 G AFD |
GBd gba | gdB ~e3 | fed cAF | GAG G2 :|
BAG Afd | Bfd Agd | Bfd AFD | EFG ABc |
BAG AFD | ~D3 FEF | ded cAF | GAG G2 :|
X: 7
T: The Hag At The Spinning Wheel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D|:G3 B2G|BcA B2D|Gc/A/G cAG|F3 AFD|
Gc/A/G B2G|BcA B2c|df/g/d cAF|1AGF G2D:|2AGF G2c||
|:BAG AFD|D3 AFD|D3 AFD|EFG ABc|
BAG AFD| D3 AFD|df/g/d cAF|1AGF G2c:|2AGF G2D||
|:GB/c/d gba|gdB ecA|dBG cAG|F2G AFD|
GB/c/d gba|gdB ecA|fed cAF|1AGF G2D:|2AGF G2A||
|:c/B/AG Afd|Bfd Afd|Bfd AFD|EFG ABc|
BAG AFD|D3 AFD|df/g/d cAF|1AGF G2A:|2AGF G2D||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: The Hag At The Spinning Wheel
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D|GAG B2G|BcA B2G|GDG cAG|~F3 AFD|
GAG B2G|BcA B2c|ded cAF|G3 G2:|
|:c|BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|~D3 AFD|EFG ABc|
BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|ded cAF|G3 G2:|
|:D|GBd gbg|gdB ecA|dBG cAG|~F3 AFD|
GBd gbg|gdB ecA|fed cAF|G3 G2:|
|:A|(4c/B/A/G/ Afd|Bfd Afd|Bfd AFD|EFG ABc
BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|ded cAF|G3 G2:|
# Added by Moxhe .

Nineteen comments

The Hag At The Spinning Whee

I learned this from Brian McNeill’s first solo album.Is it a modern tune? I only began to hear it in sessions in the late 80’s.

It’s an old tune, favourite from the pipers.

among the pipers.

The Hag At The Spinning Wheel (jig)

T:Hag at the Spinning Wheel, The
M:6/8
L:1/8
S:Paddy Moloney & Sean Potts : "Tin Whistles"
R:jig
Z:g.m.p.
K:G
~G3 B2G|BcA B2D|~G3 cAG|F2G AFD|~G3 B2G|BcA Bge|fed cAF|1 GAG G2D:|2 GAG
G2c||
|:BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|~D3 AFD|EFG ABc|BAG AFD|~D3 FEF|ded cAF|1 GAG G2c:|2 G
AG G2D||
|:GBd gba|gdB ecA|dBG cAG|F2G AFD|GBd gba|gdB ~e3|fed cAF|1 GAG G2D:|2 G
AG G2c||
|:BAG Afd|Bfd Agd|Bfd AFD|EFG ABc|BAG AFD|~D3 FEF|ded cAF|1 GAG G2c:|2 G
AG G2D||

The Road To Lurgan

Essentially a 2-part version of "The Maid At The Spinning Wheel" (or the Maid At The Spinning Wheel is a 3- or 4-part version of this tune … take your pick). One of the few tunes named after the town in whose hinterland I grew up.

A true story … I was playing this one night and somebody asked me the name. "The Road To Lurgan" I answered. A sour face … "Jayz. I’d sooner hear the road *out of* thon kip!"

Jerry O’Sullivan plays the fourth part as follows:

c|BAG Afd|Bgd Afd|Bgd AFD|EFG ABc|BAG AFD|~D3 AFD|ded cAF|AGF G2 c|

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Jerry O`Sullivan & Hag at the Spinning Wheel

Will, on what recording(s) does Jerry O`Sullivan play the Hag At The Spinning Wheel?
I would like to learn this tune but have not heard any piping versions so far.

It’s on Eileen Ivers’ "Wild Blue" cd, 2nd track. They do Maid at the Spinning Wheel, Scatter the Mud, and Jimmy Ward’s Favorite. In the sleeve notes, Eileen says she learned "the last part—the really piping, cranny, fun part" from Jerry O’Sullivan.

I’ve heard the two of them do the same set live, and they’re both just cranking on all three reels. Good stuff.

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thanks Will.

Er, "reels"??? Sorry, don’t know what I was smoking on March 24. Jigs, obviously. :8)

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Like most of the other pipe jigs, this sounds nice on banjo. Enda Scahill recorded it, and one of my friends in Yorkshire sometimes plays it on banjo too.

“The Maid at the Spinning Wheel” ~ 4-parts

Submitted on August 29th 2003 by dafydd.
https://thesession.org/tunes/2254

The first two parts of this tune are "The Road to Lurgan", maybe the next two are "The Road out of Lurgan"?

Discussion: Anyone recognize this tune? ~ rescued transcription?

~ /discussions/23988
# Posted on March 7th 2010 by jasonlburnfield

The last one I submitted turned out to be a duplicate (sorry). I did attemt to seach for reasonable variations on the ABC. Before I post this one, I’d like to see if anyone recognizes it and if it is indeed already on the site.
Thanks! ~ jasonlburnfield

X: 3
T: Hag At The Spinning Wheel
S: Iona, ‘The River Flows – Anthology Vol 1, Dunes’
Z: Transcribed by Jason Burnfield
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: Jig
K: GMaj
|: D |\
GGG ABG | BcA B2 D | G2 G BAG | F2 G AFD |
GGG ABG | BcA Bdg | fed cAF | AGF G2 D :|
|: c |\
BAG AFD | D3 AFD | D3 AFD| EFG ABc |
BAG AFD | D3 AFD | ded cAF | AGF G2 :|
|: D |\
GBd gba | gdB ecA | dBG cAG | F2 G AFD |
GBd gba | gdB ecA | fed cAF | AGF G2 :|
|: c |\
BAG Afd | Agd Afd | Agd AFD | EFG ABc |
BAG AFD | D3 AFD | ded cAF | AGF G2 :|

~ | Agf G2 :|

Oops! forgot to remove that D, the A-part, bar 8… :-P

“The Hag At The Spinning Wheel” ~ revisiting Gian Marco’s transcript

X: 2
T: Hag at the Spinning Wheel, The
S: Paddy Moloney & Sean Potts : "Tin Whistles"
Z: g.m.p.
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: GMaj
|: D |\
~G3 B2 G | BcA B2 D | ~G3 cAG | F2 G AFD |
~G3 B2 G | BcA Bge | fed cAF | GAG G2 :|
|: c |\
BAG AFD | ~D3 AFD | ~D3 AFD | EFG ABc |
BAG AFD | ~D3 FEF | ded cAF | GAG G2 :|
|: D |\
GBd gba | gdB ecA | dBG cAG | F2 G AFD |
GBd gba | gdB ~e3 | fed cAF | GAG G2 :|
|: c |\
BAG Afd | Bfd Agd | Bfd AFD | EFG ABc |
BAG AFD | ~D3 FEF | ded cAF | GAG G2 :|

In O’Neill

This tune appears twice in O’Neill’s ‘Music of Ireland’ ("the 1850"), as #830 ‘The Road to Lurgan’, and again (in a different setting) as #920 ‘Kiss Me Darling".

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The Road To Lurgan, X:2

This great version appears in Breandan Breathnach, Ceol Rince na hÉireann, vol. 1, 1963, p. 3, no 1 as Cailleach an Túirne.
According to the Fiddler’s Companion and Breathnach, this tune has many other names : "Cailín an Túirna", "Garrett Barry [’s Jig]", "Gearoid de Barra", "Is Maith Le Nora Ciste" (Nora Likes Cake), "Kiss Me Darling", "The Ladies’ Fancy”, "The Maid at/of the Spinning Wheel", "Maire an Phortair", “Noran Kista”, “Nora’s Purse”, “Nora with the Purse”, "Norickystie", "Port an Achreidh”, “Sergeant Early’s Jig", “The Spinning Wheel”, "Tune the Fiddle”, "The Wild Irishman”, "Wreathe the Bowl”.

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