Hardiman the Fiddler

Slip jig, D Mixolydian, traditional Irish
Also known as: Hardy Man the Fiddler; Hardyman the Fiddler

TrailJams Tune of the Week: Hardiman the Fiddler. Traditional Irish slip jig. Play it together November 6, 2022. Illustration copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org

“Hardiman the Fiddler” is a joyful tune with the driving stride of a runner and the nimble turns of a dancer. This Irish slip jig was already traditional a century ago, and continues to be a popular tune for session playing and dance.


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.

Sheet music and chords for Hardiman the Fiddler, Traditional Irish slip jig in D Mixolydian. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay 10/22/2022. trailjams.org
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • Humours of Derrykrosane / Hardiman the Fiddler
  • Hardiman the Fiddler / Humours of Whiskey
  • Humours of Whiskey / Hardiman the Fiddler / Drops of Brandy
  • I Buried my Wife and Danced on Her Grave (jig) / Hardiman the Fiddler
  • Hardiman the Fiddler / Give us a Drink of Water

References and Resources

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