The Lilly reel

Also known as The Lily Rant, The Lily, Y Lili.

There are 3 recordings of this tune.

The Lilly has been added to 26 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Lilly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
A|:dc dA B2 AG|F2 ED E3 A|dc dA B2 AG|F2 ED D3 A:|
|:F/E/D AD F3 A|F/E/D AD E3 A|F/E/D AD F3 A|F2 ED D3 A:|
|:dc dA B2 de|f2 ed e3 f|gf ed B2 AG|1 F2 ED D3 A:|2 F2 ED D4||
X: 2
T: The Lilly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|:a2 ae f2 ed|c2 cA B2A2|
a2 ae f2 ed|cdcB A4:|
cAeA cAef|edcB A4:|
c2 cA B2 ef|edcB A4:|
X: 3
T: The Lilly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|:dcdA B2 AG|FDFA E4|dcdA B2 AG|FGFE D4:|
|:fdfa ecea|fdfa ecea|fdfa e2 AB|AGFE D4:|
X: 4
T: The Lilly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2 d>A B2 A>G|1 F<DF>A d3:|2 F<DF>A D4||
|:(3FGA D>A F>A D2|(3GAB E>B G>B E2|
(3FGA D>A F>AD>A|1 F<GF>E D4:|2 F<DF>A d3||
X: 5
T: The Lilly
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d>cd>A B2 A>G|F<DF>A E3 A|d>cd>A (3BcB A>G|F<GF>E D3:|
f>df>A e>ce>A|f>df>A (3edc e>A|(3fed f2 (3edc e2|a<gf>e d3 e|
f>df>a e>ce>a|f>df>a e>ce>a|f>df>a (3edc e>A|a>gf<e d3||

Eleven comments

Northumbrian Tune

Lovely tune from the Northumberlands (one for Dow to add to his collection of northumbrian tunes). I learnt at a Folksouthwest youth resedential thingy and i was tought it by Jackie Oates.

Pretty sure it is not on this site allready I rooted around in Dow’s description and did not find it in there (unless I missed it)!

O! One more thing - it is played as a slow reel and when you play the B2’s try flicking the note above (i think it’s called an upper mordent or somethin’ like that). We added cords and drones but that’s just what we did - you can do what you like with it. It’s Trad as far as i know.

Cheers and enjoy,


we learnt it by ear so it might be a bit off the original!

2nd part is missing a bar it should be the same as the bar above.

I thought that this was a Welsh tune.Anyway it’s widely played in Wales in D or A. Here’s a setting in A.
X:Y Lili

|:a2 ae f2 ed|c2 cA B2A2|
a2 ae f2 ed|cdcB A4:||
:cAeA cAeA|dBfB dBfB|
cAeA cAef|edcB A4:||
:c2 cA B2 BA|c2 cA B2 BA|
c2 cA B2 ef|edcB A4:||

"Y Lili" / "The Lily" ~ DUPLICATION ~ from 2006

Key signature: D Major
Submitted on October 11th 2006 by sianfiddle.

K: D Major
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Dmaj
|: dcdA B2 AG | FDFA E4 | dcdA B2 AG | FGFE D4 :|
|: fdfa ecea | fdfa ecea | fdfa e2 AB | AGFE D4 :|

In case #6255 doesn’t survive… I suspect Sian, a Welsh fiddler, could not find the misspelled ‘Lilly’ or her way with the tune…

"Y Lili" / "The Lily" ~ a Welsh hornpipe, another setting

page 26, tune #3

"Tro Llaw: A Collection of 200 Welsh Hornpipes"
Collected, edited and arranged by Robin Huw Bowen
ISBN: 0-907158-25-0
Aberystwyth, The National Library of Wales, 1987

"Y Lili" / "The Lily" ~ with some swing and snap to it

|: A |
d>cd>A (3BcB A>G | F>DF>A E3 A |
d2 d>A B2 A>G |1 F<DF>A d3 :|2 F<DF>A D4 ||
|: (3FGA D>A F>A D2 | (3GAB E>B G>B E2 |
(3FGA D>A F>AD>A |1 F<GF>E D4 :|2 F<DF>A d3 ||
|: e |
f>df>A e>ce>A | f>df<a e3 g |
(3fed fA (3edc eA | a<gf>e d3 :|

& a few other possibilities for the B-part:

|: (3FED A>D F>DA>D | (3GFE B>E G>EB>E | (3FED A2 F>DA>G | F2 (3GFE D4 :|

"Y Lili" ~ unwaith eto ~ 😏

K: D Major
|: A |
d>cd>A B2 A>G | F<DF>A E3 A | d>cd>A (3BcB A>G | F<GF>E D3 :|
|: A |
F>AD>A (3FGA D>A | G>BE>B (3GAB E>B | (3FGA D2 F>AD>A | F<GF>E D3 :|
e |
f>df>A e>ce>A | f>df>A (3edc e>A | (3fed f2 (3edc e2 | a<gf>e d3 e |
f>df>a e>ce>a | f>df>a e>ce>a | f>df>a (3edc e>A | a>gf<e d3 ||

"The Stackpole Rant" / "Miri’r Ystangbwll"

Note: This can also be played as a rant and is one of the tune suggested to accompany the above dance…pages 22 & 23 of the following publication:

"The Cambrian Trifles: The South Wales Repertory of Polite Country Dances"
W. Burton Hart, 1812
Edited by Robin Huw Bowen
Cymdeithas Ddawns Werin Cymru / The Welsh Folk Dance Society, 1994