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.
- Video – Tim O’Brien: “The Kid On The Mountain” (Traditional) @ Eddie Owen Presents
- Audio – Comhaltas: The Kid on the Mountain from the album Foinn Seisiún 1: Traditional Irish Session Tunes, le Ceoltóiri Cultúrlainne
- Video – Kevin Burke: The Kid On The Mountain – Irish Fiddle Lesson by Kevin Burke – partial lesson
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.
Play from the Dots
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.
- More Recordings
- Audio – Baron Collins-Hill: The Kid On The Mountain (Fast): Mandolin & Guitar – play along track from lesson.
- Book – Gary Coover: 75 Irish Session Tunes for Anglo Concertina
- Book – Stephen Ducke: Irish Music 400 Traditional Tunes
- Book – Foinn Seisiún, Volume 1 Published by Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann.
- Lesson – PeakFiddler: Fiddle Lesson – Kid on the Mountain – Irish Slip Jig – lesson with musical score and chords.
- Lesson – MandoLessons: The Kid on the Mountain – mandolin lesson by Baron Collins-Hill. With audio tracks, video, and sheet music.