Also known as
Da Peerie Hoose Ahint Da Burn, Da Peerie Hoose Ahint The Burn, Da Peerie Hoose Ahunt Da Burn, Da Peerie Hoose Ahunt The Burn, Da Peerie House Ahint Da Burn, Fay’s, Fay’s Hornpipe, The Little House Behind The Stream, The Little House Beside The Stream, The Little House By The Stream, The Peerie Hoose A’hint The Burn, Peerie Hoose Ahint The Burn, The Peerie Hoose Ahint The Burn, Peerie Hoose Ahunt Da Burn, Peerie Hoose Ahunt The Burn.
PEERIE HOOSE AHINT/AHUNT THE BURN, DA (The Little House Behind/By the Stream). AKA and see “Fay’s Hornpipe,” “Fey’s Hornpipe” (English). Shetland Islands, March or Reel. G Major. Standard. AABB. The title is Shetland dialect for “The Little House by the Stream,” in other words, the out-house. Williamson (English, Welsh, Scottish and Irish Fiddle Tunes), 1976; pg. 46. BBC Records REB 84M, Tom Anderson’s Shetland Fiddle Band ‑ “Scottish Fiddlers to the Fore.” CAT-WMR004, Wendy MacIssac - “The ‘Reel’ Thing” (1994). Olympic 6151, The Shetland Fiddlers’ Society ‑ “Scottish Traditional Fiddle Music” (1978).
“Hand me doon da fiddle”
Tom Anderson & Pam Swing
The University of Stirling, 1979
Tune #50: “Peerie Hoose Ahint Da Burn” ~
“In Waas dis tün wis caaed ‘Hae ye ony moorit oo?’ an in Eshaness an Nort Yell it wis caaed ‘Da Doonfaa’ o’ Paris’. Da peerie hoose wis what some auld folk caaed an ootside water closet (outhouse). Da tün is really a variant o’ an English tün caaed ‘Fay’s Hornpipe’ bit he’s been played aa ower Shetland fir mony a year.” ~ Tom Anderson
Credit due ~ Tom Anderson & Pam Swing
I forgot to mention part of my reason for giving the above information ~ I’d notice this transcription was ‘by the book’ ~ ‘MandolinWind’ admitted he’d ‘found it’?! The transcription given here, down to the final ‘ringing strings’ in both parts, has clearly been ABC-ed fromthe above book…
I haven’t seen the book ceolachan mentions so it’s interesting to see the extra info. I came across the transcription in a huge list of ABC files on the web (unfortunately I didn’t bookmark it which is a pain because it was a massive resource, but also why I didn’t acknowledge my source).
I’m not sure Tom Anderson is entirely right that this is the same tune as ‘Da Doonfaa’ o’ Paris’ (The Downfall of Paris) which I learnt as a rather different set dance and transcribed some time ago (https://thesession.org/tunes/5021). That said, I know so many tunes share names and I’m sure Tom Anderson is a greater authority than I am so I don’t want to push the point.
When I find the site again I’ll add it to the links and add an acknowledgement here.
Here is another place, a great ABC resource, to search for transcriptions, and folks tend to cut and paste from each other liberally, so you might find identical transcriptions that have passed around that way: