Slip Jig, G, traditional Irish
Also known as: The Boys of Ballysadare
(Note: there is a different tune, a reel that has the same name.)
This traditional Irish slip jig is named for Ballysadare (or Ballisodare), a town in County Sligo, Ireland, about seven kilometers south of the town of Sligo. The waterfalls at Ballisodare have long been a favorite place for fishing.
- Video – Peakfiddler: Boys of Ballysadare – Irish slip jig
- Video – Tina Jordan Rees: Beginner Slip Jigs (The Boys of Ballisodare / An Ceannabhain Bhana / Hunting the Hare) – from the album Féistastic 2.
- Video – The Chieftains: Comb Your Hair and Curl It / The Boys of Ballisodare (Slip or Hop Jig) – from the album The Chieftains (1964). (The Boys of Ballisodare starts at time 1:15 in this recording.)
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.
- Fig for Kiss (E Dor) / Boys of Ballisodare (G)
Jump to the Fig for a Kiss Slip Jig Set
- Comb Your Hair and Curl It / The Boys of Ballisodare
References and Resources
For those who want to dig deeper, here are some other resources.
- Book – Shannon Heaton: The First 50 – PDF book; sheet music for 50 tunes with audio tracks for each tune.
- Lesson – Kevin Burke: The Boys of Ballisordare (Slip Jig) – Trad Irish Fiddle Lesson by Kevin Burke – excerpt of video lesson for fiddle. Full lesson requires subscription to FiddleVideo.
- Webpage – The Session: The Boys Of Ballisodare (slip jig) – crowdsourced sheet music, comments, and other information.
- Article – Wikipedia: Ballysadare – about the town of Ballysadare (Ballisodare)