Sheet Music: Lilies of the Field

TitleLilies of the Field
Alternate titlesLilies in the Field
Ballinafad Reel
P. J. Conlon's Reel
Come to your Tay
Kitty in the Lane
ComposerTraditional Irish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyD major
RangeD4–A5
Time signature2/2
Tempo72 BPM
Performance time0:30
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2017-05-10
Last updated2017-05-10
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Categories
Celtic Music, Reels, Traditional/Folk

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Wednesday 10 May 2017

Tune of the Day: Lilies of the Field

Traditional Irish reel

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!