The Hunter’s Purse reel

Also known as An Sceach, An Sgeach, The Bush, The Five Leafed Clover, The Haymaker, Hetty’s Wishes, Hunters Purse, The Hunters Purse, The India, The Indian On The Rock.

There are 69 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Maid Of Mount Kisco (lots of times), Toss The Feathers (a few times), The Green Mountain (a few times), The Hare’s Paw (a few times) and Her Long Dark Hair Flowing Down Her Back (a few times).

The Hunter’s Purse has been added to 27 tune sets.

The Hunter's Purse has been added to 464 tunebooks.

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Seven settings

X: 1
T: The Hunter's Purse
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed|:cAAB AGEF|GFAF GFED|cBcd eged|cdef gedg|
eAAB AGEF|GFAF GFED|cBcd eged|1 (3cBA BG A2 ed:|2 (3cBA BG A2 cd||
|:eaab aged|cdef gedB|cBcd eged|cdef gedg|
eaab aged|cdef gedB|cBcd eged|1 (3cBA BG A2 cd:|2 (3cBA BG A4||
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X: 2
T: The Hunter's Purse
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
Bd|eA~A2 AGEF|G2AF GEDB|cBcd e2ed|^cdeg gedg|
|eA~A2 AGEF|G2AF GEDB|cBcd eged|(3cBA BG A2:|
ea~a2 agef|gbaf gedB|c3d e2ed|^cdeg gedg|
ea~a2 agef|gbaf gedB|cBcd eged|(3cBA BG A2:|
X: 3
T: The Hunter's Purse
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eA A2 AGEF|G2 AF GE D2|c3d e3d|(3Bcd ef gedg|
eA A2 AGEF|G2 AF GE D2|cBcd e3d|cABG A3g:|
|:ea a2 agef|g2 af ge d2|c3d e3d|(3Bcd ef gedg|
ea a2 agef|g2 af gedB|cBcd e3d|cABG A3g:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Hunter's Purse
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:BE E2 EDBA|D2 ED FA A2|G3A B3A|(3FGA Bc dBAd|
BE E2 EDBA|D2 ED FA A2|GFGA B3A|GEFD E3d:|
|:Be e2 edBc|d2 ec dB A2|G3A B3A|(3FGA Bc dBAd|
Be e2 edBc|d2 ec dBAF|GFGA B3A|GEFD E3d:|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Hunter's Purse
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
ed|: cAAB AGEF|GEAE GEDF|EAAB cBcd|eage dfed|
cAAB AGEF|GEAF GFED|EAAB cBcd|1 eage d2ed:|2 eage d2cd||
|: eaab agef|geae gede|c2ce d2df|eage d2cd|
eaag agef|geae gede|cBcd efgb|1 afge d2cd :|2 afge dfed||
X: 6
T: The Hunter's Purse
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed|: e2AB AGEF|G2AF GED2|c2cd e2 ed|B/c/d ef gedg|
eAAG AGEF|GBAF GED2|c2cd e/f/g ed|1 c/B/A B/A/G A2 ed :|2 c/B/A B/A/G A2 Bd||
|: e2ab agef|g/a/b af gedB|cBcd e2 ed|B/c/d ef gedg|
e2 ab aged|g2 af gedB|cBcd e/f/g ed|1 c/B/A B/A/G A2 Bd :|2 c/B/A B/A/G A2 ed ||
X: 7
T: The Hunter's Purse
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
ed|: e2AB AGEF|GFAF GED2|c2cd e/f/g ed|cdef gedg|
eAAB AGEF|GFAF GED2|c2cd e/f/g ed|1 c/B/A B/A/G A2 ed :|2 c/B/A B/A/G A2 B/c/d||
|: e2ab aged|cdef gedB|c2 cd e/f/g ed|cdef gedg|
e2 ab aged|cdef gedB|cBcd e/f/g ed|1 c/B/A B/A/G A2 B/c/d :|2 c/B/A B/A/G A2 ed ||

Nineteen comments

Hunter’s Purse

I think I learned this off a Kevin Burke recording a few years back. It’s a common sessio tune, and lends itself to Kevin’s particular style of shuffle bowing, plus lots of rolls and triplets. Or just play it simply as written and enjoy the tune’s sinuositude ;-)

We do this in a set starting with Charlie Lennon’s, then Hunter’s Purse, and bursting into D major with the Cameronian.

Will

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Re: Hunter’s Purse

"Sinuositude"? :-P

Sinuositude

Just checking to see if anyone actually ever reads the comments….

But I also don’t mind calling attention to this tune’s undulating, wandering melody line, a trait I like in a tune (vis a vis the Scholar, Maudabawn Chapel, the Morning Star, Dispute at t he Crossroads, etc). As opposed to tunes that glom onto one or two notes per chord and saw back and forth—Dinky’s, the Concertina Reel, Pinch of Snuff, etc. I like those tunes too, but for different reasons, and when it comes down to it, I gravitate toward tunes with sinuositudity. :-)
Will

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I play this one often after ‘Bunker Hill’

Another version

Bd|eA~A2 AGEF|G2AF GEDB|cBcd e2ed|^cdeg gedg|
|eA~A2 AGEF|G2AF GEDB|cBcd eged|(3cBA BG A2:|
ea~a2 agef|gbaf gedB|c3d e2ed|^cdeg gedg|
ea~a2 agef|gbaf gedB|cBcd eged|(3cBA BG A2:|

Will, I’m going to do a Michael Gill here and say that I disagree with the way you play the 2nd bar of the B-part. The way you have it sounds too much like the Swallowtail to me. I’d say anything like |g2af gedB| or |gfaf gedB| or |g2fa gedB| or |gafa gedB| or |~g3a gedB| or |gbaf gedB| would do, but not |cdef gedB| - I think it changes the whole idea of the tune too much.

Will’s way is the way I’ve always more or less heard the tune…and it IS too much like the Swallowtail, and the Congress, and …

Well you’re playing it wrong as well then Zina dear ;-)

I think I have to agree… |~g3a gedB| in the second bar does just fine. The c in the next bar really changes the modality when it comes in (but not sooner surely?). Do people then also shift to c# to start the run up in bar 4 etc? That’s how I hear it.

Hunters Purse

I heard this on a CD (Tunes from the Emerald Isle)
in a set with "The Jolly Beggerman"
This is the third version I have of it.

This tune is in the Gunn Book (Fermanagh 1865) as Hetty’s Wishes

Sinuositude.

With all that sinuositude going on, I would have called this a hornpipe, and with more than a hint of Rodney’s Glory if you natural the occasional F.

Re: The Hunter’s Purse

Kevin Burke has a series of wonderful teaching videos on www.fiddle videos.com He teaches Hunters Purse and it is absolutely wonderful. I highly recommend it as well as the series.

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Re: The Hunter’s Purse

The Lunasa version is very different from those listed here, it seems.

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The Hunter’s Purse, X:5

A setting from O’Neill’s, no. 519, "The Five Leaved Clover". Dmix rather than Ador. Mostly the same as the other settings, but there are a few parts of the melody where there are differences (other than ending on d rather than A).

The Hunter’s Purse, X:6

Combination of previous settings, with a few variations added in.