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Tune ID#137 (Behind the Haystack)

Transcription of first 2 bars of Behind the Haystack about these two bars
These two bars were transcribed by me from how this tune was played – the first time through – on the recording MBP (details in the Discography below).
Basic musical information on this tune.
Rhythm ?Bars8-bar phrase structureMode ?
Double jig48AABBCCD Major
Titles ? given to this tune in the sources listed below (plus notes of mine about this tune):
Behind the Haystack / The Munster Buttermilk / Bláthach na Mumhan / An Bhláthach Mhuimhneach / / Squeeze Your Thighs / Squeeze you Thights / Take Her or Leave Her / Barr na Feirste / Box the Monkey / Port na mBráithre / Fill the Bag (2nd in set Munster Buttermilk Selection on CrssCl) (also in G, also with 2 or 3 more parts) (compare #1373)

cd Discography

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.

Click play to hear the first 12 seconds.
Year
Recorded
Track
#Tune?
[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments). Go to album
19741#2
[Boys 3] Boys of the Lough. Live at Passim. Dave Richardson (mandolin, banjo), Aly Bain (fiddle), Cathal McDonnell [sic for: Cathal McConnell] (flute, whistle), Robin Morton (bodhrán, concertina).
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19776#1
[MBP] Matt Molloy, Paul Brady, Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy. Paul Brady. Tommy Peoples. Matt Molloy (flute), Paul Brady (guitar, vocals), Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
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~19792#1
[MOC 1] Martin O'Connor. The Connachtman's Rambles. Martin O'Connor (accordion).
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~199715#1
[SHernon] Seán Hernon. An Nóra Bheag. Seán Hernon (Eb whistle, banjo).
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199913#2
[CrssCl] Seamus Glackin, Brendan Begley, Michael O'Brien, Mary Corcoran, Mick Gaynor. Crossroads Céilí. Seamus Glackin (fiddle), Brendan Begley (accordion), Michael O'Brien (flute), Mary Corcoran (piano), Mick Gaynor (drums).
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20022#3
[LAC] Tom and Kerry Barrett. Lios A'Cheoil. Traditional Irish Music. Tom Barrett (fiddle), Kerry Barrett (fiddle).
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~200314#3
[KLO] Mick O'Brien agus Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh. Kitty Lie Over. Mick O'Brien (pipes, whistle), Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh (fiddle, whistle). For this tune: (B pipes), (fiddle).
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~200410#2
[TCllns 1] Tim Collins. Dancing on Silver. Tim Collins (concertina). For this tune: (Bb/F concertina).
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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 very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.

Listing of published transcriptions of this tune.
As tune #893 in [1850] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #141 in [1001] Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems. [available]
As tune #29 in [CRE 2] Breandán Breathnach. Ceol Rince na hÉireann 2.
As tune #63 in volume 1 of [B&S] D[avid] Bulmer and N[eil] Sharpley. Music from Ireland. 4 vols.
On page 24 of [LPUP] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Uilleann Pipes. [available]
On page 39 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised. [available]
As tune #36 in [LPF] Eithne and Brian Vallely. Learn to Play the Fiddle with Armagh Pipers Club. [available]
On page 199 of [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook. [available]
As tune #137 in [JOL] Terry Moylan. Johnny O'Leary of Sliabh Luachra. Dance Music from the Cork-Kerry Border. [available]
As tune #83 in [DM 1] Dave Mallinson. 100 Essential Irish Session Tunes. [available]
On page 76 of [M] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. 3rd Edition.
On page 123 of [M2] Phil Rubenzer. Midwestern Irish Session Tunes. Millennium Edition.
As jig #3 in [Cobb] Dan Cobb. Cobb's Music of Ireland. [available]
As tune #6 in [FT] Randy Miller. The Fiddler's Throne. [available]
As jig #39 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [available]
As sgjig #46 in [JKg 3] Josephine Keegan. A Drop in the Ocean. Traditional Irish Tunes Collected by Josephine Keegan. [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): 1903