Sheet Music: Whiskey in the Jar

TitleWhiskey in the Jar
Alternate titlesKilgary Mountain
Gilgarra Mountain
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyC major
Time signature4/4
Tempo104 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty levelintermediate
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Date added2013-01-15
Last updated2013-01-15
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Celtic Music, Traditional/Folk


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Tuesday 15 January 2013

Tune of the Day: Whiskey in the Jar

Traditional Irish song

This Irish traditional song, also known as “Kilgarry Mountain”, is set in the southern mountains of Ireland, and tells the story of a highwayman who is betrayed by his lover. It is one of the most widely performed traditional Irish songs, and has been recorded by numerous professional artists since the 1950s.

The song first gained wide exposure when the Irish folk band The Dubliners performed it internationally as a signature song, and recorded it on three albums in the 1960s. Building on their success, the Irish rock band Thin Lizzy hit the Irish and British pop charts with the song in the early 1970s. The American metal band Metallica brought it to a wider rock audience in 1998, winning a Grammy for the song in 2000 for Best Hard Rock Performance.

Thanks to Kathleen for suggesting this tune!