The Back Of The Haggard hornpipe

Also known as Back O’ The Haggard, Kevin Joyce, Standing Abbey, Vinegar Hill, Woodcock Hill.

There is 1 recording of this tune.

The Back Of The Haggard appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Back Of The Haggard has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Back Of The Haggard has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Back Of The Haggard
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3ABc|:dcdf ec (3ABc|dBGB AFDF|EGFA GEgf|(3efe (3dcB A2 (3ABc|
dcdf edeg|fefg afdA|(3Bcd cB (3ABA (3GFE|(3DFA (3dAF D2 (3ABc:|
|:(3EAA Ac ecAc|edcB Adfa|gfeg fedf|(3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE|
DFAF EGBG|FAdf afdA|BdcB (3ABA (3GFE|(3DFA (3dAF D2z2:|
X: 2
T: The Back Of The Haggard
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:A2|dcdf ecAc|dBGB AFDF|EGFA GBgf|edcB AABc|
dcdf e^deg|fefg afdA|BdcB AGFE|D2 d2 d2:|
|:B2|A^GAc ecAc|edcB Adfa|gfeg fedf|(3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE|
FAdf afda|BdcB (3ABA (3GFE|(3DFA (3dfa d' z:|
X: 3
T: The Back Of The Haggard
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:(3ABc|dcdf ec (3ABc|dBGB AFDF|EGFA GBgf|(3efd (3cdB (3ABG (3FGE|
dcdf e^deg|fefg afdA|BdcB (3ABA (3GFE|1 (3DED CE D2:|2 (3DFA (3dAF D3||
|:B|A^GAc ecAc|edcB Adfa|(3gag eg (3faf df|edcB AGFE|
DFAd EGBd|FAdf afdA|(3Bcd cB (3ABA (3GFE|D2 d2 D3:|
X: 4
T: The Back Of The Haggard
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:(3def|gdgb afdf|ge (3cde dBGB|cAce dBdg|(3aba (3gfe dcBA|
GDGB AFAc|BGBc dBGB||d2 (3gfe (3ded (3cBA|(3GAG (3FGA G2:|
|:ge|d3 f afdf|agfe dgbd'|(3c'd'c' (3ac'a (3bd'b (3gbg|agfe dcBA|
GDGB AFAc|BGBc dBGB|d2 ge (3ded (3cBA|(3GAG (3FGA G2:|

Thirteen comments

Lovely Hornpipe

This is a lovely arpeggioic (if that is a word!) hornpipe. rarely played and sometimes neglected but beautiful all the same.
there is another on the data base of ths name but is an extreme if not totally different version.
enjoy playing it!

The Back Of The Haggard - It’s the same as Woodcock Hill

It’s the same as a hornpipe called Woodcock Hill, which is on a Patrick Street album. Lovely tune, though.

A haggard is an orchard,if I’m not mistaken.

An orchard?

well i asked my father and he said that his uncle used to call his dung heap a haggard….

like a big heap of sh*te piled up against a wall….

if this is the correct definition of a haggard then im lost to think why anyone would name sucha lovely tune after it….

mabye it means the back of a haggard person

Standing Abbey ~ form Roche Collection

This tune appears in the Roche collection under the titles “Woodcock Hill” and “Standing Abbey.”

K: D
A2 | dcdf ecAc | dBGB AFDF | EGFA GBgf | edcB AABc |
dcdf e^deg | fefg afdA | BdcB AGFE | D2 d2 d2 :|
B2 | A^GAc ecAc | edcB Adfa | gfeg fedf | (3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE |\
FAdf afda | BdcB (3ABA (3GFE | (3DFA (3dfa d’ z :|

The Roche’s melody is fundamentally the same as the other ones given on this website… in fact they’re all rather similar, like fraternal twins moreso than cousins. I surmise that their largest differences would arise from the inherent characteristics of the instrument that O’Neill transcribed his version from (being pipes or flute).

This version might be more fiddle-friendly: notice the wonderully uplifting final bar of the B-part. A challenge for all ye 4-stringed knights of pure intonation… and yes, changing the key to G is cheating!

Re: The Back Of The Haggard

A haggard is a large shed/small barn/outhouse near the main house. My grandfather who was a builder and blacksmith in Ballyfoyle, Kilkenny, used it as his forge and kept building materials there along with a horse’s trap. Things went on at the back of the haggard in the same way as they went on round the back of the bike sheds.

The Back Of The Haggard, X:3

This version was recorded as ‘The Vinegar Hill ’ hornpipe by Sean Nolan and his Dublin Orchestra on a 78 record back in the 1920’s. The Ward Irish music archive very kindly uploaded it to soundcloud for me lately as I wanted to compare it to mouth organ maestro Pip Murphy’s version of ‘The Vinegar Hill’, which he played on the ‘Se mo Laoch’ TV tribute to the Murphy family that was aired recently on TG4. Wexford uilleann piper Padraig Sinnott tells me that his father, fiddler Art Sinnott from Boolavogue, played it as part of his repetoire with the neighbouring piper Sam Atkinson back in the 1920’s also. Art featured regularly as a singer on 2RN, and is credited with the popularizing of the song ‘Boolavogue’. I don’t know if the Sinnott/Atkinson duet may have also performed on early radio.

The Back Of The Haggard, X:4

This is the setting that Pip Murphy from Ballygow played on the ‘Se mo Laoch’ TV programme. He was playing it on a G harmonica, so it’s notated in G as a result.

Re: The Back Of The Haggard

By the way, a ‘haggard’ is a yard that’s part of a farm building complex. It would indeed be common to have a dung heap in a haggard. Every older farmer’s place down our way would have a haggard where the tractor or farm machinery would be parked etc and it might also feature a few storage buildings or sheds around it. Apparently the word ‘haggard’ comes from the old Norse spoken by the Vikings who settled around Ireland in medieval times. It meant ‘hay yard’ in Norse. I mentioned in comments on the tune ‘Tuskar Rock’ how there are remnants of the Norse language in Wexford, particularly place names.