The Merry Blacksmith

Traditional Irish Reel, D
TrailJams Tune of the Week for October 7, 2021

The Merry Blacksmith. Traditional Irish Reel. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together October 7, 2021.

The Merry Blacksmith is a very popular tune in Irish sessions, but it is also played in old-time music jams, and for contra dance.


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 Merry Blacksmith, Reel. Key of D Major. Traditional Irish. Chords for The Merry Blacksmith.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm


Here are some examples of sets that include The Merry Blacksmith

  • The Merry Blacksmith (D) / Drowsy Maggie (E Dorian) / The Wind that Shakes the Barley (D)
    Jump to The Merry Blacksmith Reel Set
  • The Merry Blacksmith (D) / The Wind that Shakes the Barley (D) / Rolling in the Ryegrass (D)
  • The Merry Blacksmith (D) / The Mountain Road (D)
  • The Merry Blacksmith (D) / Sporting Paddy (A Dorian) / Speed The Plough (D)

References and Resources

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