The Old Witch Of Ochiltree

  1. Martin Jonas
    Martin Jonas
    This is a Scottish air, originally published by James Oswald in "The Caledonian Pocket Companion" (1760). My version is based on a setting by Evelyn Tiffany-Castiglioni, omitting strains 3 and 4 from Oswald (which are essentially the first two strains played an octave higher) and adding a low and high harmony line. Oswald's annotation was "moderately quick", so I'm playing it at a fairly brisk tempo for an air.

    Evelyn posted her arrangement as part of her 2017 Halloween collection:

    1921 Gibson Ajr mandolin (x2)
    Suzuki MC-815 mandocello
    Vintage Viaten tenor guitar

    For Simon, here is an ABC with all four strains:

    X: 1
    T: the Old Witch of Ochiltree
    Q: "Moderately Quick"
    %R: reel
    B: James Oswald "The Caledonian Pocket Companion" v.2 p.159 #1
    Z: 2018 John Chambers <>
    N: Rest added to 2nd and 4th strains' pickups, to fix the rhythms.
    M: C|
    L: 1/8
    K: Am
    GF |\
    E2A2 A2(GF) | E2c2 c3d | (ec)(fe) (dc)(BA) | T^G3A (BA)(GF) |\
    E2A2 A2(GF) | E2c2 c3d | (ec)(fe) (dc)(BA) | E2A2 A2 :|
    |: zB |\
    c2(de) (fe)(dc) | B2(cd) e2E2 | A2(Bc) d2(fe) | dcBA T^G3F |\
    E2A2 A2(=GF) | E2c2 c3d | (ec)(fe) (dc)(BA) | E2A2 A2 :|
    |: (ag) |\
    e2a2 a3g | e2c'2 c'3b | a2(bc') (d'c')(ba) | ^g3a (ba)(^g^f) |\
    e2a2 a3=g | e2c'2 c'3b | (ab)(c'a) (ge)(de) | Tc2A2 A2 :|
    |: zB |\
    (cd)(ed) (cd)(ed) | (cd)(ef) g2(fe) | a2(bc') d'3c' | (bc')(ba) T^g3f |\
    e2(a=g) e2(ag) | e2ab c'3b | (ab)(c'a) (gf)(de) | Tc2A2 A2 :|

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