The Blarney Pilgrim

Jig, D Mixolydian, Traditional Irish
TrailJams Tune of the Week for November 14, 2021


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 The Blarney Pilgrim, Traditional Irish Jig, D Major. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay.

About the chords in this arrangement: “D5” designates a D chord in which only the root and fifth notes in the chord are played, and the third is omitted. So, a D5 chord consists of D and A. Because the third is omitted, the chord is neither major nor minor. (See the “Alternative Chords” section below for a different set of chords to accompany this tune.)

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

Alternative Chords

Here is an alternative version of chords to accompany the tune.

(A Part)
G – | D – | C – | G D | G – | D – | C | D
(B Part)
G – | D G | G – | D G | C – | D Em | Em D | C
(C Part)
D G | D – | G – | G – | D G | D – | G – | C D


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
  • The Star Above the Garter / The Blarney Pilgrim
  • Merrily Kissed The Quaker / Blarney Pilgrim
  • Blarney Pilgrim ​/​ Gander In The Pratie Hole

References and Resources

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