Down The Back Lane jig

Also known as Boring The Leather, The Cavan Brigade, SÍos An Lána Cúil, Tolladh An Leathair.

There are 42 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Sean Tiobrad Arann (a few times), Scully Casey’s (a few times), The Priest In His Boots (a few times) and Sergeant Early’s (a few times).

Down The Back Lane has been added to 5 tune sets.

Down The Back Lane has been added to 169 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: Down The Back Lane
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
d | cAG A2 G | FDE ~F2 d | c.A.A BAG | Ade (3.a.f.e d |
cAG A2 G | FDE F2 G | A.d.d (3.g.f.e d | ecA GGG |
ABG A2 G | FDE FF d | c.A.A BAG | Ade fed |
cAG A2 G | FDE ~F2 G | A.d.d fed | ecA ~G3 |
|: A.d.d fed | cAB cAG | A.d.d (3.g.f.e d | ecA G3 |
A.d.d (3.g.f.e d | cAB cde | (fa) .g .e.f.d | cAF G3 :|
%variations
d | AAA A2 G | FDE F2 d | {d}c.A.A {c}BAG | A.d.d uf.d.d |
cAG .A.A.G | FDE F2 G | ATd2 ufed | uecA !slide!~G3 |
(3AcA A A2 G | FDE F2 d | c.A.A BAG | Ade fed |
cAG (3AcA G | FDE FF G | A.d.d {g}fed | {g}ecA !slide!~G3 |
|: Add fdd | cAA BAG | A.d.d fed | ecA !slide!~G3 |
.A.A d fed | cAB cde | (3fag f (3.g.f.e d | {d}cAF ~G3 :|
X: 2
T: Down The Back Lane
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
ABG A2G|FDE F2d|cAA BAG|Ade fed|
cAG A2G|FDE F2G|Add fed|e^cA ~G3:|
|:Add fed|cAB cAG|Add fed|e^cA ~G3|
Add fed|cAB cde|fag efd|cAF ~G3:|
X: 3
T: Down The Back Lane
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
ABG A2 G|FDE F2 d|cAA BAG|Ade fed|
cAG ABG|FDE F2 G|Add fed|e^cA ~G3:||
Add fed|^cAB =cAG|Add fed|e^cA ~G3|
Add fed|^cAB ^cde|fag efd|e^cA ~G3:||
# Added .
X: 4
T: Down The Back Lane
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
ABG AAG|FDE FFd|cAA BAG|Ade (3gfed|
cAG AAG|FDE FFG|Add fdd|ecA ~G3:||
AAd fdd|cAB cAG|AAd fdd|ecA ~G3|
AAd fdd|cAB cde|faf fed|ecA ~G3:||
X: 5
T: Down The Back Lane
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
|:ABG A2G|FDE F2d|cAA BAG|Ade g/f/ed|
cAG A2G|FDE F2G|Add fed|e^cA G3:||
|:Add fed|cAB cAG|Add g/f/ed|e^cA G3|
Add fed|cAB cde|fag efd|cAF G3:||
# Added by JACKB .

Eighteen comments

Thanks

Love this great pipey thing. Pretty close to the version I play.

Ps

I think the key is D, not G…

I also like this tune. When shall we play it together?

Whenever you come to California (or i go to Italy?)!

Lovely tune, a little gem.

Also known as Tolladh an Leathair (Boring the Leather)

Colm O’Rua plays an good version on the banjo (see Daimh - Pirates of Puirt).

The tune is No.6 in Breandan Beathnach’s Ceol Rine na hEireann 1 (p.5)

T:Down the Back Lane
M:6/8
L:1/8
R:jig
Z:g.m.p
K:Dmix
ABG A2G|FDE F2d|cAA BAG|Ade fed|
cAG A2G|FDE F2G|Add fed|e^cA ~G3:|
|:Add fed|cAB cAG|Add fed|e^cA ~G3|
Add fed|cAB cde|fag efd|cAF ~G3:|

Just learned this version from Reverend, and I really like the way it wanders between c nats and sharps in this version:

X: 1
T: Down The Back Lane
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
ABG A2 G|FDE F2 d|cAA BAG|Ade fed|
cAG ABG|FDE F2 G|Add fed|e^cA ~G3:||
Add fed|^cAB =cAG|Add fed|e^cA ~G3|
Add fed|^cAB ^cde|fag efd|e^cA ~G3:||

Posted .

Boring the Leather, hey?

Yep, it Totally Tolladh An Leathair of me! (Only kidding) Well, it sounds very like the slip jig: Hardiman The Fiddler https://thesession.org/tunes/48 and both names suggest a repetitive, mechanical life sentence action!

Mcsherry

X: 1
T: Down The Back Lane
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmix
ABG AAG|FDE FFd|cAA BAG|Ade (3gfed|
cAG AAG|FDE FFG|Add fdd|ecA ~G3:||
AAd fdd|cAB cAG|AAd fdd|ecA ~G3|
AAd fdd|cAB cde|faf fed|ecA ~G3:||

Willie Clancy

The version X:1 I posted years ago is approxiametely Willie Clancy’s version from "The pipering of W.C. - Vol1" Track 15.

Re: Down The Back Lane

I agree that it sounds a lot like "Hardiman and the Fiddler", something which I discovered just tonight by accident while listening to Séamus Ennis and Leo Rowsome. Both magnificent tunes and I wonder if they’re cognate?

Re: Down The Back Lane

Just noticed that “The Shoemakers fancy” in the Roche Collection (#93) is very reminiscent of this tune.