The Rolling Waves

Jig, D, Traditional Irish
Also know as: The Humours of Trim; The Rolling Wave

The Rolling Waves. Traditional Irish Jig. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together May 21, 2023. Illustration copyright 2023 Jonathan Lay.

Also known as The Humours of Trim, this tune may get its name “The Rolling Waves” from the sway of the melody. The Irish town of Trim is on the river Boyne in County Meath.


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 Rolling Waves, Traditional Irish jig in D major, also known as The Humours of Trim. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 70bpm
Moderate tempo 90bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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