The Galway Rambler

Reel (single reel), G, Traditional Irish

The Galway Rambler; Traditional Irish reel. TrailJams Tune of the Week. Play it together December 11, 2022. Image copyright 2022 Jonathan Lay.

The Galway Rambler is a traditional Irish reel with a happy strut to it.


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 Galway Rambler, traditional Irish reel in G major. Arrangement by Jonathan Lay.
Play from the Dots
Slow tempo 65bpm
Moderate tempo 85bpm


Examples of sets that include this tune.

TrailJams Devanney's Goat Reel Set: Devanney's Goat; The Galway Rambler; Swinging on a Gate. Traditional Irish Reels. Illustration copyright Jonathan Lay, 2022.
  • Devanney’s Goat Reel Set: Devaney’s Goat (D) / Galway Rambler (G) / Swinging on a Gate (G)
  • Devaney’s Goat (D) / Galway Rambler (G) / Last Night’s Fun
  • Fermoy Lasses / Reconciliation / Galway Rambler
  • The Galway Rambler / The Bucks of Oranmore

References and Resources

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