Mairi’s Wedding polka

Also known as Lewis Bridal Song, The Lewis Bridal Song, Mairie’s March, Mairie’s Wedding, Marie’s Wedding, Mhari’s Wedding.

There are 21 recordings of a tune by this name.

Mairi's Wedding has been added to 279 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Mairi's Wedding
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
f "A"|: "D"A>A AB | de f2 | "G"ed Bd | "A7"fe fa |
"D"A>A AB | de f2 | "G"ed BG | "A7"A2 A2 |
"D"a>a ab | ag f2 | "G"ed Bd | "A7"fe f<a |
"D"a>a ab | ag f2 | "G"ed BG |1 "A7"A2 A2 :|2 "A"AB/c/ d/e/f/g/ |]
"D"a>a ab | ag f2 | "G"ed Bd | "A7"fe f<a \
"D"A>A AB | de fg | "G"a>f "A7"fe | "D"d2 z2 |]
ABC
X: 2
T: Mairi's Wedding
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|: A>^G AB | de f2 | ed Bd | fe f<a |
A>A AB | de fg/f/ | ed BG | A2 A2 |
a>^g ab | ag f2 | ed Bd | fe f<a |
a>a ab | ag f2 | ed BG | A2 A2 :|
a>^g ab | ag f2 | ed Bd | fe f<a |
A>F AB | de fg/f/ | e>d B/A/G | A2- A2 |]
ABC
X: 3
T: Mairi's Wedding
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
A>A AB | de f2 | ed Bd | fe f2 |
A>A AB | de f2 | ed BG | A2 A2 ||
a>a ab | ag f2 | ed Bd | fe f<a |
a>a ab | ag f2 | ed BG | A2 A2 |]
ABC
X: 4
T: Mairi's Wedding
R: polka
M: 2/4
L: 1/8
K: Ddor
G/E/ |D>D DE | GA B2 | AG EG | BA B2 |
D>D DE | GA B2 | AG E[CG] | D2 D ||
B/c/ |d>d de | dc B2 | AG EG | BA B<d |
d>d de | dc B2 | AG E[CG] | D2- D |]
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Words to “Mairi’s Wedding”

"Mairi’s Wedding" is a Scottish song I’ve heard in a number of places. Van Morrison sang it on the album he did with the Chieftains.

Chorus (A part):
Step we gaily on we go
Heel for heel and toe for toe
Arm in arm and row on row
All for Mairi’s wedding.

Verse (B part):
Over hillways up and down
Myrtle green and bracken brown
Past the shieling through the town
All for sake of Mairi.

Chorus

Red her cheeks as rowans are
Bright her eye as any star
Fairest of them all by far
Is my darlin’ Mairi.

Chorus

Plenty herring, plenty meal
Plenty peat to fill her creel
Plenty bonny bairns as weel
That’s our toast for Mairi.

Chorus

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There’s also a specific Scottish Country dance for this tune and song.

Zina

Mairi’s wedding

You’d get some pretty strange looks if you started playing this in a session anywhere in Scotland. This particular song is more associated with the "tartan" end of Scottish tourism, rather than traditional music. It’s one of the songs which was hammered into school-kids at school music lessons , thereby putting them off traditional Scottish music for life. Billy Connolly has a great sketch about this on a live double LP he recorded in the late 70s/early 80s, before he became famous - a lot of us could identify with that story only too well!
Having said that, I would have to admit it could work well as a polka, but please, forget about the words.

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More of a March than a Polka, I think…

Though hopelessly over-played, it’s still a nice tune…

Good recording

I have yet to find a good recording of this tune. It’s usually played in a horrible american fashion: everything rolled together with no swing :(

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The Corries

Slightly reluctant to contribute to this for the reasons stated above, but if it is a song you like , then the best version I could recommend would be by "The Corries". I’m sure it’s on several of their recordings - try "Foot Stompin" website, or do a "Google" search for "Corries".

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Mind you……..

Good enough for Noel Hill………..

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Mairi’s Wedding

Having heard Mari’s Wedding in a session set, one follow-on tune I know, but can’t find the title?

Would appreciate any members suggested follow-on tune to this Polka.

Thanks, john T

“Mairi’s Wedding” ~ Wikipedia & a few YouTubes too

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mairi’s_Wedding

The Irish have ago ~

Van Morrison - "Marie’s Wedding" - live
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xbJqUsM5Abk


The Chieftains w/ Van - "Marie’s Wedding"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5jYY4ax7OrE


The Clancy Brothers & Tommy Makem - "Marie’s Wedding"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ymd6k949Rkc


Cape Breton’s Rankins ~

The Rankin Family_Mairi’s wedding
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uJZsqdXKkzU


Scotland ~

Jimmy Shand - "Mairi’s Wedding"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BCptMS8IZvA


Northern Ireland ~

"Mairi’s Wedding"
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RRpLfLurI5s

Danced at Portadown Summer Party, County Armagh, 20th May, 2009

Mairi’s Wedding + follow on tune?

Thank you everyone for your response. One or two of the first tunes suggested are very similar to the tune I play, but thanks for the great tunes you’ve suggested.
I remember the band that played the version I’m looking for, from the around the seventies named
" The Orwell String Band " from my neck of the woods in Suffolk UK.
Tom Montgomery was the Elder Irish Fiddler, and one of the younger was Pete Croft the Melodeon Player.
A great session dance band. If anyone remembers them please let me know.
Thanks, John T

I’ve always really liked this tune and think it is probably getting a bit of an unfair press in some of the comments, although no one hammered it in to me at school which probably helps. Anyway sticking with a Scottish theme I’ve often rolled into anyone of these from a stint with Mairi
http://abcnotation.com/tunePage?a=trillian.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/mirror/corneymusers/HIROADV2/0000
http://thesession.org/tunes/3640 (Dr Dow’s version)
http://thesession.org/tunes/11696
All good for a bit of the old gay Gordon’s or some such hoofing.

“Lewis Bridal Song” / “Marie’s Wedding” ~ The Corries - - - Kenny recommends

"~ if it is a song you like , then the best version I could recommend would be by "The Corries"."
# Posted by Kenny - September 6th, 2005

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qgiRY0rYuu4


Marie’s Wedding

This a fantastic Scottish Country dance, not as popular as it once was. Even danced it at my wedding in my wedding gear, very hot work with on an extremely hot July day.