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 40 recordings of this tune.

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Behind The Haystack appears in 7 other tune collections.

Behind The Haystack has been added to 84 tune sets.

Behind The Haystack has been added to 676 tunebooks.

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One setting

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||

Fourteen 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.