The Kid on the Mountain

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

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.

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 Kid on the Mountain, traditional Irish slip jig, key of Em. trailjams.org. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay 1/32/2022; revised 2/2/2022.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm

Sets

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.)

  • 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.