T: Back Of The Change House
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There are 6 recordings of this tune.
Back Of The Change House has been added to 2 tune sets.
Back Of The Change House has been added to 10 tunebooks.
From Natalie MacMaster’s "A Compilation," in a set with The Earl of Dalhousie’s Happy Return to Scotland, Bob Steele’s, and The Mountain Road. This appears to be unrelated to the reel called Back of the Change, or Johnny Going to Ceili (https://thesession.org/tunes/2504).
In the One album by Donnell and Natalie Leahy, they use this strathspey after the Balkan Hills, and I loved that arrangement! I’m learning piano accompaniment and my sister, Irish fiddle, so I think we’ll use those 2 tunes to start us off…now, for a reel?…
A version of this called The Change House appears in Kerr’s Merry Melodies for Violin, cerca 1875. It is listed as a reel, part of a set for dancing that includes Jessie Smith as a Strathpey. It’s definitely the same tune,, but without the syncopation … no dotted notes.
I’ve my great grandfather’s copy of Kerr’s Merry Melodies, with pencil marks on tunes that he worked on and played. He lived in Drumnacarry, Donegal. The version would have been published in the late 1800s, so paper is brittle, the first two pages broken, so i work with a photo copy. The Change House and Jessie Smith appear on the second page of tunes.
The A-part of this tune kind of puts me in mind of the A-part of "Comin Thro’ the Rye."
I’m also wondering about a connection with ‘Comin’ Thro’ the Rye’ and this tune.
According to Allan Henderson the title refers to "the former practice of Highlanders changing into Lowland garb before travelling south of the Highland line. Change Houses, or ‘Taighean Seinnse’, were inns which formed a line across the Highland/Lowland boundary."