The Sally Gardens

Reel, G, Traditional Irish
TrailJams Tune of the Week for January 9, 2022

The Sally Gardens. Traditional Irish Reel. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together January 9, 2022. Illustration copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay.

This tune is a dance tune, not to be confused with the ballad of the same title. A sally garden is a garden of willow trees, used for making baskets, fences, furniture, and for fastening down the thatch on roofs. The sally garden is also a good setting for a little romance.


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 and chords for The Sally Gardens, Irish Reel in G Major. Arrangement: Jonathan Lay.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

References and Resources

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