Apples in Winter

Jig, E Dorian, Irish Traditional
TrailJams Tune of the Week for October 31, 2021 & November 20, 2022.

Apples in Winter; Traditional Irish Jig; Play it together November 20, 2022. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Illustration copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay.

A sweet Irish jig in celebration of apples. Apples can hang on the tree long after they are ripe and the weather has turned icy. Or they can be stored cool and dry and kept through the winter. And in those winter months they can be made into pie and cider, of course.

About the illustration: The photograph of robins eating apples in winter is by Julie Lay, taken in January 2017, and used with her permission. B & P Hitz Fruit Farm’s apple orchard is in Oregon, on the road between Woodburn and Mt. Angel, near the Pudding River. When the photo was taken, there was snow on the ground under the apple trees.

Fat red robins eating fat red apples
Crows, like burnt paper, swooping in the breeze
A marching band of geese, honking, trumpeting, beating their wings up the river

“Birds of Autumn,” by Jonathan Lay, October 2019


Dots (Music Notation)

As always for traditional tunes, the musical notation and chords do not indicate the “right” way to play the tune, but are a useful reference.

Musical score (sheet music) for Apples in Winter. Traditional Irish jig in E Dorian.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • Apples in Winter / Kitty Lie Over (The Frost is all Over)
  • Apples in Winter / Gillian’s Apples
  • Apples in Winter / Scotsman Over the Border / Langstrom’s Pony

References and Resources

For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.