Sheet Music: The Swallowtail Jig

TitleThe Swallowtail Jig
Alternate titlesDrioball na Fáinleoige
The Dancing Master
Dromey’s Fancy
From the New Country
Swallow's Nest
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyE minor
Time signature6/8
Tempo120 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2011-08-30
Last updated2011-08-30
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Jigs, Traditional/Folk


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Tuesday 30 August 2011

Tune of the Day: The Swallowtail Jig

Traditional Irish jig

This is a very popular traditional tune in Ireland, Britain and North America, especially with beginners, although it is often considered too hackneyed for session play. The title “Swallowtail Jig”, in conjunction with the alternate title “The Dancing Master”, may possibly refer to the type of coat typically worn the by early 19th-century dancing master.

This jig is often played in a set with the famous “The Irish Washerwoman”.