Tune of the Day: Lilies of the Field
According to New York musician and researcher Don Meade, the title “Lilies of the Field” was an invention of Irish button accordion player Paddy O'Brien (born 1945). The melody is, however, much older, and had already been recorded by accordion player Peter “P.J.” Conlon in 1929, under the title “Kitty in the Lane”. The tune also carries resemblances to the Scottish reel “Come to Your Tay”, which dates back at least to 1880.
Thanks to Heather for suggesting this tune!