The Back Door strathspey

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Back Door has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: The Back Door
R: strathspey
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
d|c/A eA fA ec|B2fe fBBA|cA eA fA ec|Ac ef eAAB|
Acea f2 ec|B2fe fBBA|cA eA fA ec|Ac ef eAAc||
|:ae ce Ac ec|Bffe fBBc|ae ce Ac ec|Ac ef eAAc:|

Two comments

The Back Door

Great story attached to this that Vincent tells in Irish and English. Here is a paraphrased version:
There used to be a fiddle player who lived near Vincent Campbell’s homeplace named Molloy. His daughter was getting married and the family wanted to keep it a secret, as was the custom of the day. They needed drink for the wedding celebrations at the house but did not want the poteen man being noticed bringing large kegs by the house. So Molloy told the poteen man to bring the stuff in small gallon crockeries under cover of darkness and to hide it in a kiln which was behind the house. In the days leading up to the wedding, Molloy let on like he was going to burn a kiln, piling turf in and all around it to keep the poteen out of sight. Molloy also had two sons. The night of the wedding when Molloy, a fiddle player, would notice the drink getting scarce in the kitchen, he would give the two boys the wink and they would go through the back door of the house and bring in more poteen. One of the other players noticed that every time they played this Highland, more booze appeared, so in praise of the route that the stuff took each time to the ever more jovial guests, the tune was called The Back Door.

second part

|:ae) ce Ac ec|B(f{a}fe) fBB(c|ae) ce Ac ec|Ac (ef) eAAc:|

The more I play this one the more it seems like it is one of those Scots reels that got turned around with what would be the A part of your standard AAB reel played here as the B. Anyway, above is a bowing I came up with for the B part…that is, the artist formerly known as the A!