Old Woman Of The Milldust jig

Also known as ‘Se Mo Chas Chrubach, Cailleach An Dudain, Calleach An Dudain, It Is My Lame Leg That I Left Behind, Lame Leg, Old Maid Of The Milldust, Old Wife Of The Milldust, Tripper’s, Trippers, The Trippers.

There are 16 recordings of this tune.

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Old Woman Of The Milldust has been added to 51 tunebooks.

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Five settings

1
X: 1
T: Old Woman Of The Milldust
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
AAA a2e|g2f edB|AAA a2e|g2e dBG|
AAA a2 e|g2d efg|agf g2e|d2e dBG:|
Bcd e2A|a2A e2A|Bcd e2A|g2e dBG|
Bcd e2A|g2d efg|agf g2e|d2e dBG:|
c2A AAA|cee a2e|c2A AAA|B2e dBG|
c2A AAA|cee g3|agf g2e|d2e dBG:|
a2A e2A|a2A ecA|a2A e2A|g2e dBG|
a2A e2A|a2A efg|agf g2e|d2e dBG:|
AAA AAA|c2A edB|AAA AAA|g2e dBG|
AAA AAA|cee efg|agf g2e|d2e dBG:|
a2A AAA|a2A ecA|a2A AAA|g2e dBG|
a2A AAA|AAA g3|agf g2e|d2e dBG:|
2
X: 2
T: Old Woman Of The Milldust
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
ABd e2A|g2d e2A|ABd e2f|g2e dBG|
ABd e2A|egd e2A|BAB GBd|g2e dBG:|
ABA a3|gfe a2|ABA a2f|g2e dBG|
ABA a3|gfe a3|g2e dBd|ege dBG:|
ABA c2A|d2B c2A|ABA c3A|d2c BAG|
ABA c2A|d2B c2A|BAB GBd|g2e dBG:|
3
X: 3
T: Old Woman Of The Milldust
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ABA a2 e|g2 f edB|ABA a2e|g2 e dBG|
ABA a2 e|g2 d efg|agf gfe|d2 e dBG:|
|:a2A ABA|ABA ecA|a2 A ABA|g2 e dBG|
a2 A ABA|ABA g3|agf gfe|d2 e dBG:|
4
X: 4
T: Old Woman Of The Milldust
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:ABd e2A|f2d e2A|ABd e2f|g2e dBG|
ABd e2A|fgd e2A|BAB GBd|g2e dBG:|
|:ABA a3|gfe a3|ABA a2f|g2e dBG|
ABA a3|gfe a3|gfe dBd|ege dBG:|
ABA ^c2A|d2B ^c2A|ABA ^c2A|d2^c BAG|
ABA ^c2A|d2B ^c2A|BAB GBd|ege dBG:|
# Added by JACKB .
5
X: 5
T: Old Woman Of The Milldust
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Amix
|:{g}A{d}B{e}A {ag}a2e|{gf}g2f {g}ed{e}B|{g}A{d}A{e}A {ag}a2 e|{gf}g2 e{g}dB {d}G|
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{g}A{d}A{e}A {ag}a2 e|{gf}g2 d {g}efg|ag{a}f {gf}g2 e|{Gdc}d2 e {g}dB{d}G:|%
|:{g}Bcd {gef}e2 A|{ag}a2 A {gef}e2 A|{g}Bcd {gef}e2 A|{gf}g2 e {g}dB{d}G|
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{g}Bcd {gef}e2 A|{gf}g2 d {g}efg|ag{a}f {gf}g2 e|{Gdc}d2 e {g}dB{d}G:|
|:{gcd}c2 {e}A {g}A{d}A{e}A|{g}c {GdG}e2 {ag}a2 e|{gcd}c2 {e}A {g}A{d}A{e}A|{gBd}B2 e {g}dB{d}G|
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{gcd}c2 {e}A {g}A{d}A{e}A|{g}c {GdG}e2 {gf}g3|ag{a}f {gf}g2 e|{Gdc}d2 e {g}dB{d}G:|
|:{ag}a2 A{gef}e2 A|{ag}a2 A {g}ec{d}A|{ag}a2 A {gef}e2 A|{gf}g2 e {g}dB{d}G|
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{ag}a2 A {gef}e2 A|{ag}a2 A {g}efg|ag{a}f {gf}g2e|{Gdc}d2 e {g}dB{d}G:|
|:{g}A>{d}A{e}A {g}A{d}A{e}A|{gcd}c2{e}A[1 {g}ec{d}A [2 {g}edB|{g}A{d}A{e}A {g}A{d}A{e}A|{gf}g2 e {g}dB{d}G|
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{g}A>{d}A{e}A {g}A{d}A{e}A|{g}c {GdG}e2 {g}efg|ag{a}f {gf}g2 e|{Gdc}d2 e{g}dB{d}G:|
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|:{ag}a2 A {g} A{d}A{e}A|{ag}a2 A {g}ec{d}A|{ag}a2 A {g}A{d}A{e}A|{gf}g2 e {g}dB{d}G|
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{ag}a2 A {g} A{d}A{e}A|{g}A{d}A{e}A {gf}g3|ag{a}f {gf}g2 e|{Gdc}d2 e {g}dB{d}G:|

Eight comments

Old Woman Of The Milldust

This is a very old epic pipe jig. I posted after a request for ‘Trippers’, which is obviously derived from this tune. Trippers also goes under the name ‘It Is My Lame Leg That I Left Behind’

It Is My Lame Leg That I Left Behind

Here’s the Cape Breton version

X: 1
T: Tripper’s / It Is My Lame Leg That I Left Behind
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
R: jig
K: Amix
ABd e2A|g2d e2A|ABd e2f|g2e dBG|
ABd e2A|egd e2A|BAB GBd|g2e dBG:||
ABA a3|gfe a2|ABA a2f|g2e dBG|
ABA a3|gfe a3|g2e dBd|ege dBG:||
ABA c2A|d2B c2A|ABA c3A|d2c BAG|
ABA c2A|d2B c2A|BAB GBd|g2e dBG:||

Larach Alasdair

Yes Slainte, I agree. I reckon Larach Alasdair belongs to that group, I know there was a fourth but couldn’t put my mind to it. I’m pretty sure that the Old Wife is the ‘mother tune’ but I’ll need to do a bit ore investigating.

Really?

The similarity between The Trippers and Old Wife is obvious but is it really so much to lump them together?

Old Wife Of The Milldust

This is roughly how I have the tune. I was surprised I couldnt find it here , perhaps its under a different name?
Here is a pipers setting, quite different but interesting for the variations;

X:1
T:The Old Wife Of The Mill Dust
C:Trad.
R:Jig
M:6/8
Q:1/8=132
K:A mix
L:1/32
|: {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 {ag}a8 e4 | {gf}g8 f4 {g}e4d4{e}B4 | {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 {ag}a8 e4 | {gf}g8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4 |
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{g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 {ag}a8 e4 | {gf}g8 d4 {g}e4f4g4 | a4g4{a}f4 {gf}g8 e4 | {Gdc}d8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4:|
|: {g}B4c4d4 {gef}e8 A4 | {ag}a8 A4 {gef}e8 A4 | {g}B4c4d4 {gef}e8 A4 | {gf}g8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4 |
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{g}B4c4d4 {gef}e8 A4 | {gf}g8 d4 {g}e4f4g4 | a4g4{a}f4 {gf}g8 e4 | {Gdc}d8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4:
|: {gcd}c8 {e}A4 {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 | {g}c4 {GdG}e8 {ag}a8 e4 | {gcd}c8 {e}A4 {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 | {gBd}B8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4 |
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{gcd}c8 {e}A4 {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 | {g}c4 {GdG}e8 {gf}g12 | a4g4{a}f4 {gf}g8 e4 | {Gdc}d8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4:|
|: {ag}a8 A4 {gef}e8 A4 | {ag}a8 A4 {g}e4c4{d}A4 | {ag}a8 A4 {gef}e8 A4 | {gf}g8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4 |
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{ag}a8 A4 {gef}e8 A4 | {ag}a8 A4 {g}e4f4g4 | a4g4{a}f4 {gf}g8 e4 | {Gdc}d8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4:|
|: {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 | {gcd}c8 {e}A4[1 {g}e4c4{d}A4 [2 {g}e4d4B4 | {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 | {gf}g8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4 |
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{g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 | {g}c4 {GdG}e8 {g}e4f4g4 | a4g4{a}f4 {gf}g8 e4 | {Gdc}d8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4:|
|: {ag}a8 A4 {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 | {ag}a8 A4 {g}e4c4{d}A4 | {ag}a8 A4 {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 | {gf}g8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4 |
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{ag}a8 A4 {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 | {g}A4{d}A4{e}A4 {gf}g12 | a4g4{a}f4 {gf}g8 e4 | {Gdc}d8 e4 {g}d4B4{d}G4:|

It’s a big tune, 6 parter and the mother of a fair few other jigs.