The Back Of The Haggard hornpipe

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

There is 1 recording of a tune by this name.

The Back Of The Haggard has been added to 22 tunebooks.

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Two 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 :|

Ten 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 |\
DFAd EGBd |
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.