Maggie in the Wood

Polka, G, Traditional Irish

Maggie in the Wood. Traditional Irish Polka. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together October 22, 2023. Illustration copyright 2023 Jonathan Lay. (Image of a small girl with a lamp in a dark forest.)

Maggie in the Wood, a bright little gem of a tune, is among the most popular of traditional Irish polkas.

Maggie in the Wood, traditional verse


Sheet Music

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 with chords for Maggie in the Wood, traditional Irish polka in G major. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay.

Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 75bpm
Moderate tempo 105bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • Maggie in the Wood / Mairi’s Wedding
  • Riding on a Load of Hay / Maggie in the Wood
  • Maggie in the Wood / Egan’s Polka
  • All the way to Galway / Maggie in the Wood

References and Resources

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