The Lilac reel

By Mairéad McMahon

There are 8 recordings of this tune.

The Lilac appears in 1 other tune collection.

The Lilac has been added to 7 tune sets.

The Lilac has been added to 148 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: The Lilac
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
~e3d c~A3|cd ed c~A3|~e3d c~A3|BA GA Bcdg|
ezed c~A3|cd ed c~A3|~a3g ~e3d|cA GB AzBd:|
ea ag ~e3d|cd ed cA3|~e3d ~c3d|ea ab ag ed|
ea ag ~e3d|cd ed cA3|~e3 d cA~A2|BA GB ~A2 Bd:|
X: 2
T: The Lilac
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:e3d cA3|(3Bcd ed cA3|e3d cA3|BAGA Bcdg|
e3d cA3|(3Bcd ed cA3|a3g e3d|cAGB A2 (3Bcd:|
|:eaag e3d|(3Bcd ed cA3|e3d c3d|eaab aged|
eaag e3d|(3Bcd ed cA3|e3 d cA A2|BAGB A2 (3Bcd:|
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X: 3
T: The Lilac
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
|:f3e dB3|(3cde fe dB3|f3e dB3|cBAB cdea|
f3e dB3|(3cde fe dB3|b3a f3e|dBAc B2 (3cde:|
|:fbba f3e|(3cde fe dB3|f3e d3e|fbbc' bafe|
fbba f3e|(3cde fe dB3|f3 e dB B2|cBAc B2 (3cde:|
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X: 4
T: The Lilac
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
B3A GE3|(3FGA BA GE3|e3d B3A|GEDF E2 (3FGA:|
|:Beed B3A|(3FGA BA GE3|B3A G3A|Beef edBA|
Beed B3A|(3FGA BA GE3|B3 A GE E2|FEDF E2 (3FGA:|
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Twelve comments

Would someone please post some comments about this tune? I heard it for the first time last night, Christel Rice of the Wayfarers played it for us, she said she’d gotten it back East but didn’t say from whom or how…

Great reel written by Mairead Walls from Co Antrim and I think first played on Deanta’s Ready for the Storm album.

Not the same

This doesn’t match the version on Deanta Ready for the Storm,
where can I find that version?


My tracks were mislabeled, The track I thought was Lilac was Larmor Plage

Within the Scottish pipes range (bar that top b)

reminds me of the Scottish(?) (c/o Boys of the Lough?) reel that goes like that:
K: AMaj / Mixol
e2ed cAAc e2ed c2a2 e2ed cAAc dBGB dBcd…
Does any one have a name for it?

Cool tune. Fun to play. Thanks!

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Re: The Lilac

According to the liner notes from the Déanta album it was composed by Mairéad McMahon.