Jimmy Ward’s

Jig, G, Traditional Irish
Also known as Jim Ward’s; The Clare
TrailJams Tune of the Week for January 23, 2022

Jimmy Ward's Jig. Traditional Irish Jig. TrailJams Tune of the Week.

Jimmy Ward’s jig is named for Jimmy Ward of County Clare Ireland, 1909-1987. He was a founding member of Kilfenora Céilí Band, and known for his playing of traditional Irish tunes on tenor banjo. This tune is one of at least two traditional Irish jigs that is also know as “The Clare Jig.”


Sheet Music (Dots)

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 Jimmy Ward's. Traditional Irish jig in G Major. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org.

Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • The Blarney Pilgrim / Jimmy Ward’s / Gander in the Pratie Hole
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  • Jimmy Ward’s / Morrison’s
  • Old Hag You Have Killed Me / I Buried My Wife and Danced on her Grave / Jimmy Ward’s Jig
  • The Trip to Athlone / The Lilting Banshee / Jimmy Ward’s Jig
  • Jimmy Ward’s / Out on the Ocean
  • The Humours of Ballyloughlin / Jimmy Ward’s
  • Wallop the Spot / Jimmy Ward’s / Gander in the Pratie Hole

References and Resources

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