The Gypsy Princess

Barndance, G, A, Traditional Irish
Also known as Gypsy Queen
TrailJams Tune of the Week for July 3, 2022

The Gypsy Princess. Traditional Irish Barndance. Play it together July 3, 2022. TrailJams Tune of the Week. trailjams.org

This is a tune that sparkles and strides. It is a traditional tune, in that we don’t know who its author is, and that it is passed on mostly by ear. But it may be relatively young — Alan Ng notes in The Irish Traditional Music Tune Index that he was only able to trace it back to a 1991 recording. The tune has been most often recorded in the keys of G and A, with neither of those keys standing out as the tune’s “usual” key.

Recordings

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 Gypsy Princes, Traditional Irish Barndance. Key of G Major. Chords for The Gypsy Princess. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay. trailjams.org

Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 50bpm
Moderate temp 75bpm

Sets

Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • Home Ruler (Hornpipe, D) / The Gypsy Princess (G)
  • Gypsy Princess / Woman of the House
  • The Road to the Isles / The Gypsy Princess
  • Bill O’Malley’s (Barndance, A, a.k.a. Joe Bane’s) / The Gypsy Princess (A)

References and Resources

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