The "King of the Pipers" is a traditional Irish Jig of
unknown origin. Although usually associated with the
bagpipes, it is not actually played much at all on the
Uilleann pipes (traditional bagpip[es of Ireland). The
tune is strongly associated with the fiddle playing of
Donegal and is annotated in "the Northern Fiddler" an
out of print classic which collects the tunes of well
known fiddlers from that county.
The Jig (Irish: port) is a form of lively folk dance in
compound meter, as well as the accompanying dance tune.
It developed in 16th century England, and was quickly
adopted on the Continent where it eventually became the
final movement of the mature Baroque dance suite (the
French gigue; Italian and Spanish giga). Today it is
most associated with Irish dance music and Scottish
country dance music. Jigs were originally in duple
compound meter, (e.g., 12/8 time), but have been
adapted to a variety of time signatures, by which they
are often classified into groups, including light jigs,
slip jigs, single jigs, double jigs, and treble
Although originally written for uilleann pipes, I
created this arrangement for solo Piccolo.