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 is named for Jimmy Ward of County Clare Ireland, 1909-1987.
- Audio – Comhaltas: Jim Ward’s from the album Foinn Seisiún 1: Traditional Irish Session Tunes, le Ceoltóiri Cultúrlainne
- Video – Aistear Folk: The Humours of Ballyloughlin & Jimmy Ward’s Jigs. Played on tin whistle, button accordion, tenor banjo, and guitar. (Jimmy Ward’s starts at time 2:20.)
- Video – Caitríona Lagan: Jim Ward’s Jig. Played on tenor banjo by 14 year old Caitríona Lagan.
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.
Play from the Dots
Examples of sets that include this tune.
- The Blarney Pilgrim / Jimmy Ward’s / Gander in the Pratie Hole
Jump to the Blarney Pilgrim Jig Set
- 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
For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.
- Video – Shane Farrell: Jimmy Ward’s Jig. Played on tenor banjo.
- Video – James Cleveland: Jim Ward’s Jig. Fiddle lesson.
- Lesson – MandoLessons: Jimmy Ward’s Baron Collins-Hill teaches the tune on mandolin. With video, audio tracks, and sheet music.
- Video – Shannon Heaton: Jimmy Ward’s Jig. Demonstration of tune played on flute, broken down for learning by ear.
- Book – Learn to Play Irish Fiddle, by Tom Morley
- Book – Irish Music 400 Traditional Tunes, by Stephen Ducke
- Audio – Floating Crowbar: Wallop the Spot/Jimmy Wards/Gander in the Pratie Hole. From the album Two Nights in December by Floating Crowbar (Spokane, Washington, USA).
- Audio – Cady Finlayson: Blarney Pilgrim/Ward’s. From the album Irish Coffee.
- Video – Dónal Lunny and Paddy Glackin – Jimmy Ward’s jig. Dónal Lunny (Bouzouki) and Paddy Glackin (Fiddle)
- Article – Wikipedia: Jimmy Ward (banjo player) A very brief article with links to interesting references.
- Web page – The Session: Jimmy Ward’s Jig. Crowdsourced music notation and information.