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Tune ID#787 (Hag at the Churn)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Hag at the Churn about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording BB 3 (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Single jig16ABD Mixolydian
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Hag at the Churn, The / Hag at the Churn / Old Hag at the Churn / The Maid at the Churn / The Merry Woodsman / The Killina Jig / The Killina (also as slide, also doubled)
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Discography cd

Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.

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Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title (Link to Album Info page). Performers (instruments).
19775#2
[BB 3] The Bothy Band. Out of the Wind into the Sun. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute, whistle), Kevin Burke (fiddle), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards), Dónal Lunny (bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán, synthesizer), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (guitar).
19787#2
[BB 4] The Bothy Band. After Hours. Kevin Burke (fiddle), Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Matt Molloy (flute), Dónal Lunny (vocals, bouzouki, guitar, bodhrán), Tríona Ní Dhomhnaill (vocals, keyboards, bodhrán), Mícheál Ó Domhnaill (vocals, guitar, keyboards).
~19961.1#1
[MISD 6] Donncha Lynch Trio. The Magic of Irish Set Dancing. Vol. 6. Donncha Lynch (accordion), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Donncha Lynch Jr. (guitar).
~20011#2
[PK 4] Paddy Keenan, Tommy O'Sullivan. The Long Grazing Acre. Paddy Keenan (pipes, whistle), Tommy O'Sullivan (guitar, vocals). For this tune: (pipes).
20022#2
[EGrs 1] Eliot Grasso. Standing Room Only. Eliot Grasso (pipes). For this tune: with Patrick (fiddle).
~20022#2
[JFtg] Joe Fitzgerald. Hills of Clare. Joe Fitzgerald (accordion).
200311#3
[CSmth] Chris Smith with Roger Landes and Randal Bays. Coyotebanjo. Chris Smith (banjo, mandola, mandolin, field organ), Roger Landes (bouzouki), Randal Bays (fiddle).
200912#1
[Hmmrs] The Hammers. From Distant Shores. Paul Hammer (mandolin, banjo), Susan Hammer (whistle, concertina). For this tune: (concertina).
201211#2
[BrtEarly] Paddy O'Brien, Nathan Gourley, and Dáithí Sproule. Bright and Early. "Something to Crow About". Paddy O'Brien (accordion), Nathan Gourley (fiddle), Dáithí Sproule (guitar).

Goes Well with . . .

In the above Discography, this tune is:

Played afterOn Albums
Pipe on the Hob
BB 3, BB 4, CSmth
Manning's Jig
PK 4
My Darling Asleep
EGrs 1
Port Chúil Aodha
JFtg
Tom Cawley's
BrtEarly
Played beforeOn Albums
Gallagher's Frolics
MISD 6
Tom Cawley's
PK 4
Huidai Gallagher's March
EGrs 1
Seamus Shannon's
JFtg
Hills of Larraga
Hmmrs
Young Jerry Holland
BrtEarly

Bibliography

Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are musical matches to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #43 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2. [available]
As tune #50 in [DM 2] Dave Mallinson. 100 Enduring Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 85 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 140 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #44 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]

If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?

Year of the oldest source for this tune, considering the recordings and transcriptions listed above (note that I concentrate on sources after 1900): 1970