The Hag’s Purse jig

Also known as The Butcher’s, The Hag With The Purse, Hags Purse, The Old Woman’s Purse Of Money, The Roscommon, The Tulla.

There are 29 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Colliers’ (a few times), The Gander In The Pratie Hole (a few times) and The Lark’s March (a few times).

The Hag’s Purse has been added to 13 tune sets.

The Hag's Purse has been added to 245 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Hag's Purse
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:B|A2D FED|A2d cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
AAD FED|A2d cAF|GFG cAG|EDD D2:|
|:A|d2e fed|ged cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
Add fed|ged cAF|GFG cAG|EDD D2:|
X: 2
T: The Hag's Purse
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
G |: A2 D FED | A2 B cAF | G2 E EDE | c2 d cAG |
| A/A/AD FED | AdB cAF | GEE cEE | DED DcB |
| A2 D FED | AdB cAF | GEE EDE | ced cAG |
| ADD FED | AdB cAF | ~G3 cGE | DED D2 A ||
| d2 e fed | efd cAF | G2 E EDE | c2 d cAG |
| Add fed | efd cAF | GEE cGE | DED DE/F/G |
| Ade fed | efd cAF | GcA GcA | ced cAG |
| Ade fed | g/f/ed cAF | GE/F/G cGE | DFE DcB ||
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X: 3
T: The Hag's Purse
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A2D FED|A2B cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
A2D FED|A2B cAF|GFG cGE|DED D3:|
|:d2e =fed|e2d cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
|Ade =fed|e2d cAF|GFG cGE|DED D3:|
X: 4
T: The Hag's Purse
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:A2D FED|A2B cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
A2D FED|A2B cAF|GEE cEE|DED D2:|
|:A|d2e fed|e2d cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
d2e fed|e2d cAF|GEE cEE|DED D2:|
X: 5
T: The Hag's Purse
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
G |: A2D FED | A2 B cAF | G2 E EDE | c2 d cAG |
| Ac/A/D FED | AdB cAF | GEE cEE | D3 DcB |
| A2D FED | AdB cAF | GEE EDE | ced cAG |
| ADD FED | AdB cAF | G3 cGE | D3 D2A ||
|: d2 e fed | efd cAF | G2 E E3 | c2 d cAG |
| Add fed | efd cAF | GEE cGE | D3 DE/F/G |
| Ade fed | efd cAF | GcA GcA | ced cAG |
| Ade fed | g/f/ed cAF | GE/F/G cGE | DFE DcB ||
# Added by JACKB .

Seventeen comments

The Hag’s Purse

I think I first came across this tune in Matt Cranitch’s excellent book on playing the fiddle.

I’m sucker for those jigs in Dmixolydian. Banish Misfortune is another one.

This one has the same opening phrase as Denis Murphy’s slide. I sometimes get them confused. I’ll want to start The Hag’s Purse only to find myself playing Denis Murphy’s slide instead.

Hag’s Purse

Recorded on the 2nd "De Danann" album.

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Hag’s Purse (cont’d)

…with high F naturals on the second part, I think.

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Good piece.

I believe that this one is an overlooked beginners piece. It has fantastic feel when played slow. That De Danann is where I learned it from. Their take on the rythym will sell the tune to anyone.

Kenny, I’ve heard it either with f nats or sharps—both settings are fairly widely played.

Here’s a nice setting, based in part on the playing of Bobby Casey and in part on my own whimsy.

X: 1
T: Hag’s Purse
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: D mix
G |: A2 D FED | A2 B cAF | G2 E EDE | c2 d cAG |
| A/A/AD FED | AdB cAF | GEE cEE | DED DcB |
| A2 D FED | AdB cAF | GEE EDE | ced cAG |
| ADD FED | AdB cAF | ~G3 cGE | DED D2 A ||
| d2 e fed | efd cAF | G2 E EDE | c2 d cAG |
| Add fed | efd cAF | GEE cGE | DED DE/F/G |
| Ade fed | efd cAF | GcA GcA | ced cAG |
| Ade fed | g/f/ed cAF | GE/F/G cGE | DFE DcB ||

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A memorable encounter with this tune

In spring ‘84 I was with some people touring archaeological sites in Ireland. These tended to be in the middle of nowhere, along with youth hostels we stayed in and pubs we visited. At one of the latter, not far south of the Northern Ireland border, we coincided with the weekly "Irish Night". We saw no sign of it, and waited for it to turn up. In due course in came a couple of men, an old man with an accordion case and a younger one with a tambourine. The old man was called Tom Sullivan, and played a three-row button accordion with a full set of basses. I’ve never heard button-accordion / melodeon played so brilliantly by anyone, in a session at any rate. He started with "The Hag’s Purse".

Beautiful tune

I, too, found it in Matt Cranitch’s book and it does sound very fine slow. I love it,

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Wonderful tune

Why is it that I find this tune, simple as it is, so especially absolutely irresitibly beautiful. I keep playing again and again and never grow tired of it!!

As played by Mark Roberts on his Gloup album

X: 1
T: Hag’s Purse, The
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Dmix
|:A2D FED|A2B cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
A2D FED|A2B cAF|GFG cGE|DED D3:|
|:d2e =fed|e2d cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
|Ade =fed|e2d cAF|GFG cGE|DED D3:|

Michael Hynes’

I prefer this version:
|:A2D FED|A2B cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
A2D FED|A2B cAF|GEE cEE|DED D2:|
|:A|d2e fed|e2d cAF|G2E EDE|c2d cAG|
d2e fed|e2d cAF|GEE cEE|DED D2:|

Nice piping jig. Listen to Mark Cordova, or simply: Listen to it, the tune, and play slow…

Tom Wards

Noel McLoughlin’s album Home is the Rover (ARC Music, 2013) has a version of The hag’s purse called Tom Wards. It’s on Track 10 in the jig set Jigs: Tatter Jack Walsh / Tom Wards / Out on the ocean.

Re: The Hag’s Purse

According to irishtune.info, this tune has many names: "Hag’s Purse, The / The Hags Purse / The Old Woman’s Purse of Money / Sparán Airgid na Caillí / Hags Purse / The Diamond Jig / Diamond Jig / The Butcher’s Jig / Lough Gowna / Roscommon Jig / The Roscommon Jig / Roscommon / Tumble the Tinker / The Tulla Jig / Seán Coughlin’s / Cuz Teahan’s Delight (2nd in set Ballycar Jigs on MHyDLd 1; 3rd in set Gaelic Park on NNC 3) (also in G Major) (compare Little Black Pig #2381)".

I was specifically searching for "The Butcher’s Jig" and should have checked irishtune.info before spending a half-hour or more chasing "butcher" tune scores. If I can, I will add "The Butcher’s Jig" to the list of alternate names on this tune here on thesession.