The Boys of Ballisodare

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.)

The Boys of Ballisodare. Irish slip jig. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together September 4, 2022.

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.


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 for The Boys of Ballisodare. Traditional Irish slip jig in G major. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay 8/29/2022. Chords for The Boys of Ballisodare.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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