Sollus Lillis reel

Also known as Sollus Lillis, Solus Lilli’s, Solus Lillis’.

There are 2 recordings of a tune by this name.

Sollus Lillis has been added to 1 tune set.

Sollus Lillis has been added to 15 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Sollus Lillis
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
c2 Gc AcGA|(3ccc ec gcec|(3ccc Gc AcGc|eaag ed d2:|
|:ed (3ddd edcd|ed (3ddd eaag|ed (3ddd edcA|c3 d eaag|
ed (3ddd edcd|ed (3ddd eaag|ed (3ddd edcA|c3 d eage:|
X: 2
T: Sollus Lillis
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Cmaj
c2Bc AcGA|c2ec gcec|c2Bc AcGc|eaag ed~d2:|
|:ed~d2 edcd|ed~d2 eaag|ed~d2 edcA|1 ~c3d eaag:|2 ~c3d eage||
X: 3
T: Sollus Lillis
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2 FG EGDE | G2 BG dGBA | GAFG EGDG | (3Bcd ed BdAB |
G2 FG EGDE | G2 BG dGBA | G2 FG EGDG | (3Bcd ed BA A2 :|
|: BA A2 BAGA | BA A2 (3Bcd ed| BA A2 BAGE | DEGA (3Bcd ed |
BA A2 BAGA | BA A2 (3Bcd ed | BA A2 BAGE | DEGA BdAB :|
X: 4
T: Sollus Lillis
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: G2 FG EGDE | G2 BG dGBA | GAFG EGDG | (3Bcd ed BdAB |
G2 FG EGDE | G2 BG dGBA | G2 FG EGDG | (3Bcd ed BA A2 :|
|: BA A2 BAGA | BA A2 (3Bcd ed| BA A2 BAGE | DEGA (3Bcd ed |
BA A2 BAGA | BA A2 (3Bcd ed | BA A2 BAGE | DEGA BdAB :|

Sixteen comments

Not really for Flute Players

Myself and the Rev. Gary Hastings learnt this tune when we shared a flat in Derry, with only a few pennies between us, playing kept out a little of the cold. A simple little tune on stringed or reed instruments but apparently, because of it’s purely Pentatonic nature is finger creasing for the flute.

The 2nd part is the same "shape" as the 1st part of the Steampacket. Makes it really easy to learn. If you know the Steampacket that is.

And I just noticed something else looking at Norbeck’s version:

X: 1
T: Solus Lillis’
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Cmaj
c2Bc AcGA|c2ec gcec|c2Bc AcGc|eaag ed~d2:|
|:ed~d2 edcd|ed~d2 eaag|ed~d2 edcA|1 ~c3d eaag:|2 ~c3d eage||

The 1st part is like the 1st part of Mama’s Pet https://thesession.org/tunes/1290 transposed into C. Cool, I didn’t even have to learn this one :-)

Oh yeah, well spotted Slainte.

1st part is a little like Humours of Tulla too

Clearly the same tune as "The Boys of Tulla"

Anyone know this reel

I got it from Deidre, so it could be called Deirdre’s reel, unless someone comes up with another name for it.

Solus Lillis

Version in G. This is closer to how I know the tune…..

# Posted on January 17th 2010 by robinlew

X: 1
T: Gan Ainm
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Gmaj
|: G2 FG EGDE | G2 BG dGBA | GAFG EGDG | (3Bcd ed BdAB |
G2 FG EGDE | G2 BG dGBA | G2 FG EGDG | (3Bcd ed BA A2 :|
|: BA A2 BAGA | BA A2 (3Bcd ed| BA A2 BAGE | DEGA (3Bcd ed |
BA A2 BAGA | BA A2 (3Bcd ed | BA A2 BAGE | DEGA BdAB :|

Of course you can just give tunes names willie nilly. That’s probably how it was called "Solus Lillis" in the first place.

Fifty years ago, Paddy Canny, P Joe Hayes, Peadar O’Loughlin, and Bridie Lafferty named Sean Ryan’s "Glen of Aherlow" "Lafferty’s" willie nilly. Many people still call it that.

That is bull. No you can’t Gary. I detest that attitude. You record a copyright tune and name it whatever you like and see how popular you are with the composer.

I didn’t express an attitude; I pointed out that it is possible to do something, which is what the word "can" means. I said nothing about whether it is appropriate to do so. People make up names for existing tunes quite often, and sometimes those names stick. That’s all I said.

One of Mama’s Pets

Solus Lillis was a Clare concertina player, and this tune was called after him in the first volume of Breathnach’s Ceol Rince books. It is one of a large family of tunes, most often called "Mama’s Pet," that share a version of the first part. Compare "Timothy Downing’s" in O’Neill.