Whiskey In The Jar
Composer: Traditional

Rehearsed by the Grateful Dead in 1993 but never performed live. Played by Jerry Garcia & David Grisman, Robert Hunter, The Dead, Further, Phil & Friendsand Bob Weir & Wolf Bros.

The origins of the song are uncertain. It's possible it slowly coalesced from a number of different Irish songs. There are many versions of the song with differences in titles, lyrics and geographical references. Titles for related songs include: Kilgary Mountain, Gilgary Mountain, (and other mountain names), The Irish Robber, Captain Kelly, Captain Devin, The Sporting Hero, Bold Lovell and Peter Fleming.

Whiskey In The Jar was popularised by the Dubliners and the Highway in the 1960's and later by Thin Lizzy.

Grateful Dead

info So Many Roads (1965-1995), Grateful Dead, 1999

Jerry Garcia

info Shady Grove, Garcia/Grisman, 1996
info Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork: Limited Edition CD, JGB / Grateful Dead / Garcia-Grisman, 2005
info Jerry Garcia: The Collected Artwork: Collectors Edition CD, Jerry Garcia Band / Grateful Dead / Garcia-Grisman, 2007
info Shady Grove: Deluxe Edition, Garcia/Grisman, 2020

The Dead

info Dead '09: Denver, CO, May 7, 2009


info March 17, 2011, Fairfax, VA

Phil & Friends

info February 28, 2016, Las Vegas, NV, 2016

Other recordings

This list is not intended to be comprehensive.

no info Single: The Women are Worse Than the Men / Whiskey in the Jar, Patrick Galvin, 1954
no info The Columbia World Library of Folk and Primitive Music: Volume I: Ireland, Various Artists (Seamus Ennis), 1955
no info Bad Lads And Hard Cases: British Ballads Of Crime And Criminals, Ewan MacColl, 1957
no info Songs of Ireland, Burl Ives, 1958
no info Irish Street Songs, Patrick Galvin, 195?
no info Yes I See, Bob Gibson, 1960
info The Journeymen, The Journeymen, 1961
info Hangin', Drinkin' And Stuff, Art and Paul, 1961
no info Bob Grossman, Bob Grossman, 1961
no info An Irishman in North Americay, Tom Kines, 1962
no info Encore, The Highwaymen, 1962
no info Sing Out!, The Limeliters, 1962
no info Ozark Mountain Folk Songs, Max Hunter, 1963
no info Patriot Game, The Irish Ramblers, 1964
no info Introducing, The Cumberland Three, 1964
no info Dance Gal - Gimme The Banjo, The Robert De Cormier Folk Singers, 1964
no info Irish Folk Night, Various Artists (Paul Lenihan), 1964
info The Folk Box, Various Artists (The Irish Ramblers), 1964
no info A Song Will Rise, Peter, Paul & Mary, 1965
info Girl of Constant Sorrow, Sarah Ogan Gunning, 1965
no info Nya-a-a-a-h!, Noel Murphy, 1967
no info The Dubliners, The Dubliners, 1968
no info More Of The Hard Stuff, The Dubliners, 1968
no info Recorded Live At The Albert Hall London, The Dubliners, 1969
no info Brave Words 'N' Fightin' Talk, The Gaberlunzie, 1969
no info In Loving Memory, The Town Jackies, 1969
no info The Leprechaun, Sullivan's Gypsies, 1969
no info Irish Drinking Songs, The Irish Balladeers, 1969
no info Let Those Irish Brown Eyes Smile at Me Babe, The Blarney Folk, 1969
no info The Crofters, The Crofters, 1969
no info Folk Music Time In Ireland, The Flying Column, 1970
no info The Forgotten Ireland: The Irish Harp, Mary Murphy Demers, 1970
no info Irish Wild Rover, Noel Pender & Peep O'Day Boys, 1970
no info Folk Favourites, Various Artists (Noel Murphy), 1970
no info Single (Whiskey In The Jar / Black Boys On The Corner), Thin Lizzy, 1972
no info Vagabonds Of The Western World, Thin Lizzy, 1973
no info Freedom Sons, The Wolfhound, 1973
no info Mountain Line, Mountain Line, 1973
no info Chartbusters Vol 8, Various Artists (Thin Lizzy), 1973
no info Songs Of Our Soil, James Connolly Folk, 1974
no info Down the Long Road, Bob Davenport, 1975
no info The Very Best Of The Dubliners, 1975
no info Inn Song, The Three Crows, 1975
no info Remembering, Thin Lizzy, 1976
no info Rocker (1971-1974), Thin Lizzy, 1977
no info The Cobblers Awl, The Cobblers Awl, 1978
no info Seven Drunken Nights, The Dubliners, 1978
no info Spirit Of Ireland, Sean O'Neill, 1978
no info Catch Ya' Later, Much!, The Hilltones, 1979
no info Pat O'Brien, Pat O'Brien, 1979
no info Collection, The Dubliners, 1979
no info Give Us Another, Drowsy Maggie, 1980
no info No. 4, The Splinter Group, 1980
no info Greatest Hits, The Dubliners, 1980
no info From The Land Of Carolan, Bob Lynch, 1980
no info Adventures of Thin Lizzy, Thin Lizzy, 1981
no info Traditional Music On Rounder, Various Artists (Sarah Ogan Gunning), 1981
no info A Night Out with, Woodbine Lizzie, 1981
no info Traditional Music on Rounder, Various Artists (Sarah Ogan Gunning), 1981
no info Songs From Ireland And The Sea, Northeast Winds, 1982
no info Traditional Folk Music Of The British Isles Volume 2, The Catsfield Steamers And The Brian Boru Band, 1982
no info In Sunshine Or In Shadow, Irish Breakdown, 1983
no info Single (Whiskey In The Jar / The Rocker), Thin Lizzy, 1983
no info The History Of Rock: Volume Twenty One, Status Quo / Slade / 10cc / Thin Lizzy, 1983
no info Live!, Seamus Kennedy, 1985
no info McKinley Called, Peter Stanley & Rodney Bryan, 1986
no info Luke's Legacy, Luke Kelly & The Dubliners, 1986
no info Give Ireland Back To The Irish, The Irish Lads, 1986
no info Home Ground: Live, The Battlefield Band, 1989
no info Black Velvet Band, The Dubliners, 1989
no info The Bellows, The Bellows, 1989
no info Single (Jack's Heroes / Whiskey In The Jar), The Pogues & The Dubliners, 1990
no info Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah Yeah EP, The Pogues, 1990
no info Dedication - The Very Best Of Thin Lizzy, Thin Lizzy, 1991
no info Joy Across The Land, Glenn Yarbrough & The Limeliters, 1991
no info The Best Of The Highwaymen, 1992
no info Serrated Edge, Tempest, 1992
no info Recollections, Phil Coulter, 1993
no info Irish Drinking Songs, The Clancy Brothers, 1993
no info On Tour, Northeast Winds, 1994
no info True Songs of Ireland, Kilfenora Ceili Band, 1994
no info Favourite Irish Drinking Songs, The Sean O'Neill Band, 1994
no info In The Name Of The Father Soundtrack, Various Artists (Thin Lizzy), 1994
no info Black Heart, Quill, 1995
no info Fun Dance, Various Artists, 1995
no info Breaking The Waves Soundtrack, Various Artists (Thin Lizzy), 1996
no info Live at O'Lacy's, Kilbrannan, 1997
no info Celtic Pride, Various Artists, 1997
no info Songs of Old Ireland, Vol. 1, Brian Dullaghan, 1997
no info Celtic Collections, The Dubliners, 1997
info Rock Festival, Various Artists (Thin Lizzy), 1997
info Race You to the Sun, Zelig, 1998
no info Garage Inc., Metallica, 1998
no info Promo single (Whiskey In The Jar / Whiskey In The Jar), Metallica, 1998
no info Orphans, Hazeldine, 1998
no info Celtic Tradition, Davey Clark, 1998
no info World Library of Folk and Primitive Music. Vol 2. Ireland, Various Artists (Seamus Ennis), 1998
no info Irish Drinking Songs, Various Artists (The Irish Ceili Band), 1998
no info Faves, Raves & Songs From The Grave, Sallymacs, 1999
info Pure 70's, Various Artists (Thin Lizzy), 1999
no info Come By The Hills, Sheila O'Donnell, 2000
no info Ballads and Songs of Tradition, Various Artists (James Brown), 2000
no info Treasures from the Folk Den, Various Artists (Roger McGuin / Tommy Makem), 2001
no info Have Fun Or Get Out!, The Fenians, 2001
no info Cigarettes And Alcohol, Volume II, Various Artists (Thin Lizzy), 2002
no info The Day The Earth Shook, Black Irish Band, 2002
no info Lager Than Life: Songs of Excess and Debauchery, The Poxy Boggards, 2002
no info Wrecked, The Tim Malloys, 2002
no info The Best Of The Dubliners, 2002
no info Live, Sallymacs, 2003
no info St. Paddy's Day Eve: Live In Concert, Ring Of Kerry, 2003
no info A Smile and a Tear...Guaranteed!, Un-Reconstructed, 2003
no info Sin ╔ RÝ-Ra, Nine Fine Irishmen's, 2004
no info The Box Set 1964-2004, Christy Moore, 2004
no info Liverdance, Sheamus Fitzpatrick & The McNally Boys, 2004
no info Greatest Irish Bands, Various Artists (Thin Lizzy), 2004
no info This Land Is Your Land, The Brothers Four, 2005
no info Hell's Ditch (expanded), The Pogues, 2006
no info The Definitive Collection, Thin Lizzy, 2006
no info The Videos 1989-2004, Metallica, 2006
no info Dublin, Ireland, RDS Arena, June 11, 2006, Metallica, 2006
no info Too Late To Stop Now! The Very Best Of The Dubliners, 2006
no info Single (The Blues Are Still Blue / Whiskey In The Jar), Belle & Sebastian, 2006
no info The Blues Are Still Blue EP, Belle & Sebastian, 2006
no info Whiskey In The Jar (Essential Irish Drinking Songs & Sing Alongs), Various Artists (Dubliners), 2006
no info Irish Folk Fest, The Dady Brothers, 2007
no info The Folk Hits Collection, The Highwaymen, 2007
no info Life On Mars Soundtrack, Various Artists (Thin Lizzy), 2007
info Four Decades of Folk Rock, Various Artists (Thin Lizzy), 2007
no info The Celtic Tribute To Metallica, 2008
no info One For The Road, Culann's Hounds, 2008
no info A Tribute To Thin Lizzy, Various Artists (Nicky Moore), 2008
no info Classic, Thin Lizzy, 2009
info Let The Music Live, Skeleton Key Band, 2010
info Acoustic, Andrew Luttrell & Shane Grimm, 2010
no info Heritage, Celtic Thunder, 2010
no info Icon, Thin Lizzy, 2011
no info Here We Go Again, Blackthorn, 2012
no info Drunk Out EP, Rebel Son, 2013
no info The Holy Ground, Thirsty Houligans, 2013
no info Full Irish: The Best Of Gaelic Storm 2004-2014, Gaelic Storm, 2014
no info By Request - June 4, 2014, Hamburg, Germany, Metallica, 2014 *
no info Legends And Visions, Celtica, 2014
no info Live at Rock In Rio: September 19, 2015, Metallica, 2015 *
no info The Producer's Choice, The Battlefield Band, 2016
no info Moving On, Dan Evick, 2017
no info Shine A Light, Bryan Adams, 2019

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