The Sally Gardens

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

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 for The Sally Gardens, Irish Reel in G Major.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

  • The Sally Gardens (G) / The Mountain Road (D)
  • The Sally Gardens / Miss McLeod’s Reel / The Foxhunter’s Reel / The Bucks of Oranmore

References and Resources

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