The Rollicking Boys of Tandragee

Jig, Em, traditional Irish
Also known as: The Boys of Tandragee; The Rollicking Boys Around Tandragee

The Rollicking Boys of Tandragee. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together October 15, 2023. (Illustration of man's face painted in vivid colors.) Illustration copyright 2023 Jonathan Lay.

A rollicksome, frollicksome jig named for the boys of the Irish town of Tandragee.

The town of Tandragee is located in County Armagh, Northern Ireland. From the Irish Tóin re Gaoith, the town’s name means “backside to the wind.” Earlier spellings of the name include Tanderagee and Tonregee.

From the song The Rollicking Boys Around Tandragee (author unknown)


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.

Sheet music with chords for The Rollicking Boys of Tandragee, traditional Irish jig in E minor. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

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