Tom Gleeson lilts two reels on 'The Mountain Lark'.

In traditional Irish music lilting is a form of singing without words, sometimes referred to as 'mouth music'. It is also found in Gaelic speaking parts of Scotland, where it is called ‘Puirt à beul’.  

Lilting can be accompanied by music, performed unaccompanied as a solo performance, or to provide music for people to dance to in the absence of instruments.

Tom Gleeson from Silvermines in County Tipperary lilts two reels 'The Wise Maid' and 'The Green Fields of America'.  

This episode of ‘The Mountain Lark’ was broadcast on 8 July 1985. The presenter is Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich.  

‘The Mountain Lark’ was a series of traditional music, song and dance presented by Seosaimhín Ní Bheaglaoich from Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Monkstown, County Dublin. First broadcast on 29 April 1985 it ran for four series.