Swinging on a Gate

Reel, G, Traditional Irish
Also known as: Swinging on the Gate

Swinging on a Gate. Traditional Irish Reel. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together October 16, 2022. trailjams.org  Illustration copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay

Swinging on a Gate is a cheerful Irish reel that is popular for sessions and dance. From its traditional Irish settings, it has found its way into the contra dance and American old-time repertoires.


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 Swinging on a Gate. Traditional Irish reel in G major. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay 10/7/2022. trailjams.org
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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