The Kid on the Mountain

Slip jig, Em, traditional Irish
TrailJams Tune of the Week for February 6, 2022

The Kid on the Mountain. Traditional Irish Slip Jig. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together February 6, 2022. Illustration copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay.

This tune seems to take you on a meandering journey up the mountain, changing its mood between G major and E minor as it goes. The Kid on the Mountain is one of the most popular slip jigs played in traditional Irish sessions.


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 Kid on the Mountain, traditional Irish slip jig, key of Em. Arrangement: Jonathan Lay.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune. (Because of its length and complexity, this tune is typically played by itself rather than in a set.)

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

References and Resources

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