The Hag At The Churn jig

Also known as The Hag At The Church Door, The Hag At The Churn, The Killina, The Maid At The Churn, The Old Hag And The Churn, The Old Hag In The Kiln.

There are 56 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Pipe On The Hob (a few times) and Garrett Barry’s (a few times).

The Hag At The Churn has been added to 30 tune sets.

The Hag At The Churn has been added to 752 tunebooks.

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Eight settings

X: 1
T: The Hag At The Churn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A2G ADD|A2G Adc|A2G ADD|EFG EFG:|
|AdB c3|Add efg|AdB c2A|GEG AED|
AdB c3|Add efg|age dcA|GEG AED||
X: 2
T: The Hag At The Churn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emix
|:B2A BEE|B2A Bed|B2A BEE|FGA FGA:|
|Bec d3|Bee fga|Bec d2B|AFA BFE|
Bec d3|Bee fga|baf edB|AFA BFE||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: The Hag At The Churn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A2G ADD|A2G Adc|A2G ADD|EFG EFG|
AB/A/G ADD|AB/A/G Adc|AB/A/G ADD|EFG EFG||
|:AdB c3|Add efg|AdB c2G|E3 GED|
AdB c3|Add efg|fge dcA|GEF GED||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: The Hag At The Churn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Emix
|:B2A BEE|B2A Bed|B2A BEE|FGA FGA|
Bc/B/A BEE|Bc/B/A Bed|Bc/B/A BEE|FGA FGA||
|:Bec d3|Bee fga|Bec d2A|F3 AFE|
Bec d3|Bee fga|gaf edB|AFG AFE||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 5
T: The Hag At The Churn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmix
|:d2c dGG|d2c dgf|d2c dGG|ABc ABc|
de/d/c dGG|de/d/c dgf|de/d/c dGG|ABc ABc||
|:dge f3|dgg abc'|dge f2c|A3 cAG|
dge f3|dgg abc'|bc'a gfd|cAB cAG||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 6
T: The Hag At The Churn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:e2d eAA|e2d eag|e2d eAA|Bcd Bcd|
ef/e/d eAA|ef/e/d eag|ef/e/d eAA|Bcd Bcd||
|:EAF G3|EAA Bcd|EAF G2D|B3 dBA|
EAF G3|EAA Bcd|cdB AGE|dBc dBA||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 7
T: The Hag At The Churn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:Ac/A/G ADD|Ac/A/G Adc|Ac/A/G ADD|EFG EFG|
Ac/A/D Ac/A/D|Ac/A/D Adc|Ac/A/G ADD|EFG EFG||
|:AdB c3|Add efg|AdB c2G|E3 GED|
AdB c3|Add efg|fge dcA|GEF GED||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 8
T: The Hag At The Churn
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:~A2G ADD|~A2G Adc|~A2G ADD|EFG EFG:||
||AdB c3|Add efg|AdB c2G|E3 GED|
AdB c3|Add efg|fed edB|cEE GED||

Seventeen comments

Hag At The Churn

Most people will know this one from the version by The Bothy Band.

They put it together with The Pipe On The Hob, another great tune in my opinion.

I find this tune has a great "circular" quality to it. It’s fun to play it over and over. It kind of builds up each time.

I’ve always played this one as the last tune in a set. I could never think of anything to follow it. Any ideas?

Hag at the churn

How about following it with Jim Ward’s Jig—-it’s a nice key change, and another very catchy, simple jig (that Paddy Keenan’s pretty fond of playing as well!)!

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Hag at the Churn

You can’t follow THIS tune with anything. It is a great circular tune and one that just grows and grows.

I play the Geese in the Bog before it. Seems to suit my style

“The Macbeth Set” = “The Three Old Hags” - Duh Mix?

"Hag at the Churn" / "The Hag’s Purse" / "The Old Hag in the Kiln"
I was dropped as a child ~ ;-)

Raise you…….

I used to play "Hag’s Purse / Hag At The Spinning Wheel / Hag With The Money / Hag At The Churn".

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Guitar chords

Has anyone worked out a good sequence for the jig The Hag at the Churn as played by Paddy Keenan? Thanks

Recording

I have a recording of who the artists I’m not sure of their names, but they play The Irish Washerwoman, Old Hag At The Churn, Humours of Whiskey, then pause for a brief moment and go into Elizabeth Kelly’s Delight. Although the last two are slip jigs to my knowledge, it sounded alright. I don’t think they were the Chieftains either.

This is a simply gorgeous tune.

Was lucky enough to hear this tune played a by a guy on Uilleann Pipes at a session.

Here is an interesting quote from the Fiddler’s Companion:

"Caoimhin Mac Aoidh says a correct translation of the Irish title would be “Hag in the churn.” This refers, he maintains, to the folk superstition that witches would inhabit a churn to steal butter. They could not abide this particular tune, however, so it would be played as a ward when the chore of churning butter was done. It was a terrible and telling mark if a woman left the house during this ritual."

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I have just noticed that most of the other ‘hag’ tunes are in D mixolydian. Perhaps witches can’t stand tunes in that key.

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I’ve got that same recording tin_whistler. Now I’m a little confused about the third tune! I had punched it into the search a while ago and gotten the slip jig "The Kitten," (the second half of the midi matches the tune) but some of the midis of "Humors of Whiskey" sound like the exact same tune. There sure are a lot of versions of that one on the site.

There is a good pipe version of this on the McKeon’s Dusty Millar. They play the Horseshoe after it and it sounds great.

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My favourite use of this tune is in Gaelic Storm’s "The Farmer’s Frolic." They start out with Ramblin’ Pitchfork and then move into Hag by the Churn. I agree that its difficult to do anything after this tune as its such a great circular buildup. Love it.

A good set (to my ear) can be found on The Long Grazing Acre by Paddy Keenan and Tommy O’Sullivan: Lost And The Found / The Hag At The Churn / The Wind Off the Lake.

It was this recording that has spurred me to learn all three tunes (two down, one to go).

The Hag At The Churn, X:7

Piping Version

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The Hag At The Churn, X:8

Slight variant of the B section turnaround, from Patirck Madden’s album "Sounds of St Andrews".