The Butterfly

Here's a very popular slip jig.  I think it was composed by the Dublin flddle player, Tommy Potts.  It's been decomposed and recomposed a few times since over the years.

It's a good tune for the flute and hopefully shouldn't cause people too many difficulties in playing.

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  • j gardner

    Like your flute’s tone, or rather the tone you bring to it.

    May 23, 2007 at 1:10 pm
  • Alastair

    Nice tone, but can’t imagine any of our dancers managing either the slow or the fast tempo. Don’t forget it is a dance, not a dirge or a race. We made a (particularly poor) recording a few weeks ago here: but the tempo’s right (we were told, by those with the feet!)


    Mar 22, 2008 at 12:00 am
  • irish flute tunes

    Regarding the tempo of this tune; it was made up by a fiddle player who didn’t often, as far as I know, play for dancing.  The tempo here is meant to make it easy for people to learn the tune.

    Mar 22, 2008 at 10:26 am
  • kathleen

    I really like the tone which is of course wonderful as anyone with an ear could tell you. It’s very catching.

    Jun 24, 2008 at 12:47 am
  • Niall Cuinn

    of all the slip jigs in it, i chose to learn this one first not the “rocky road to Dublin” which is the most familiar methinks. Tommy Potts the composer, i did know that Micheal but like your good self the Hamnesia plays tricks on me so big~Ta for the jog. I must get meself the “Liffey Banks” again, teach me to loan out a master-classic. Any reason for not including the dots on the site’ sir ?

    Oct 23, 2008 at 9:35 pm