The Butterfly

Slip Jig, Em, Traditional Irish

The Butterfly. Traditional Irish Hop Jig. Illustration copyright 2023 Jonathan Lay.


  • Video – Kevin Burke: The Butterfly – solo fiddle, from the album In Concert
  • Video – The Bothy Band: The Butterfly – from the album After Hours
  • Video – Mason Daring: Fiona – from the soundtrack to the movie The Secret of Roan Inish. In this version each of the three parts of the tune is played once (ABC) instead of the more usual form in which each part is repeated (AABBCC).

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 Butterfly, traditional Irish slip jig in Em. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • Humours of Whiskey / The Kid on the Mountain / The Butterfly
  • The Butterfly / Kid on the Mountain
  • A Fig for a Kiss / The Butterfly

References and Resources

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