Behind The Haystack jig

Also known as Box The Monkey, Fill The Bag, Killoughery Jig No. 2, Munster Buttermilk, The Munster Buttermilk, O Squeeze Your Thighs Ladies, Port An Bhráthar, Port Na MBráithre, Take Her Or Leave Her.

There are 43 recordings of this tune.

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Behind The Haystack appears in 7 other tune collections.

Behind The Haystack has been added to 102 tune sets.

Behind The Haystack has been added to 722 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Behind The Haystack
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2e fdB|d2e fdB|AFE ~E3|AFE EFA|
d2e fdB|d2e fdB|AFD ~D3|AFD DFA:|
|:~B3 BAF|ABc dcB|AFE ~E3|AFE EFA|
~B3 BAF|ABc dcB|AFD ~D3|1 AFD DFA:|2 AFD D2f||
|:~g3 faf|ede fdB|AFE ~E3|AFE E2f|
~g3 faf|ede fdB|AFD ~D3|1 AFD D2f:|2 AFD DFA||
X: 2
T: Behind The Haystack
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:d2e fdB|d2e fdB|AFE E3|AFE EFA|
d2e fdB|d2e fdB|AFD D3|AFD DFA:|
B3 BAF|ABc d2B|AFD D3|1 AFD DFA:|2 AFD D2f||
|:g3 f3|ede fdB|AFE E3|AFE E2f|
g3 faf|ede fdB|AFD D3|1 AFD D2f:|2 AFD DFA||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: Behind The Haystack
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
de|:g2a bgd|g2a bge|d2B AGA|B2A ABd|
g2a bgd|c'bc' age|d^cd e/f/ge|dBG GBd:|
|:e2e edB|def g2e|d2B AGA|B2A ABd|
e2e edB|def g2e|d^cd e/f/ge|dBG GBd:|
X: 4
T: Behind The Haystack
R: jig
M: 6/8
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
AB|:{g}d2e fdA|{g}d2e fdB|A/B/AF EDE|F/A/FE EFA|
{g}dde fdA|gfg edB|A^GA B/c/dB|AFD DFA:|
{c}B2B BAF|ABc d2B|A^GA B/c/dB|AFD DFA:|

Eighteen comments

Behind The Haystack

This is a great 3-part jig starting in Dmajor. It’s fun to try and find suitable accompaniment for it. There are some nice things you can try with the tune.


Heard this tune at a comhaltas tour concert and discovered it was ringing through my head the next day and so I started to play it on the fiddle. But I’ve just discovered (using the search by abc option on this website) that it has a third part which, for some reason, my memory banks had rejected. Great tune, a light refreshing tune which I use to follow Gallacher’s jig.

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just learned this tune. very fune tune with a lot of ornamentaion possibilities. sounds kind of scotich to me.

Behind the Haystack

Not to be confused with the two-part jig in G known as Munster Buttermilk.

Behind the Haystack

On the other hand…….Boys of the Lough, issued by Philo inthe US in 1975, includes the following sleeve note; "The second jig in the set we know as Behind the Haystack, a name given to us by Carol Gardiner, a young fiddle player from London. Seamus Ennis on the other hand calls it The Munster Buttermilk. He got the tune from his father who was also a fine piper."
Well, I hate to dis Seamus Ennis, but I was sitting next to the young Carol at the very concert when they said, "We don’t know the name of this next jig", and as soon as they started playing it Carol started jigging about in her seat, and said "I know that, it’s Behind the Haystack".
Well, I’m gonna back my friend over Seamus Ennis on this occasion.

Instead of d2e fdB|d2e fdB|, I play the A: d2e fdB|d2g fdB|. Gives it a little kick and lift on the second spin.


Is in the Gunn Book (Fermanagh 1865) as Ladies Squeeze your Thighs, 6 parts

Behind The Haystack

This is the tune called "Munster Buttermilk" in the 14th track of Mick O’Brian and Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh’s album Kitty Lie Over, not the one in the recordings link.

Re: Behind The Haystack

I just changed the pointer on the 14th track of Kitty Lie Over. Thanks William! Jeremy recently added a track-level redirection function to the site, allowing us to redirect to which tune a link points in these common cases of tunes with the same name.

Box the Monkey, X:3

This two part setting in Gmaj is based on the playing of Denis Doody. He called it Box the Monkey.

Box the Monkey, X:4

This is the Denis Doody setting transposed to D plus an attempt to catch some of his decorations.

Re: Behind The Haystack

In O’Neill’s this tune is shown with the usual C part as the A, does anyone play it like that? I’ve never heard it so.