The Pipe on the Hob (3-Part)

Jig, A Dorian, Traditional Irish
Tune of the Week April 10, 2022; November 26, 2023

The Pipe on the Hob. 3-Part. Traditional Irish Jig. Image of carved tobacco pipe and fireplace. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together November 26, 2023. Illustration copyright 2023 Jonathan Lay.

This tune’s title brings to mind a cozy space by the fireplace, with a tobacco pipe tucked away, and maybe an instrument in hand for a bit of tune playing. (A hob is a shelf built into the stonework or bricks of a fireplace.) This three-part tune is one of two distinctly different traditional Irish tunes that have the name “The Pipe on the Hob.” The other “Pipe on the Hob” is a two-part tune. In various collections, both tunes are called “…Number 1” and both are called “…Number 2” — which turns out to be not very helpful.


Sheet Music

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.

The Pipe on the Hob (3-Part), Jig, A Dorian. Traditional Irish. Arrangement: Jonathan Lay 3/10/2022. Revised 3/24/2022.

Play-along Tracks
Very slow tempo 50bpm
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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