Mairi Bhan Og waltz

Also known as Fair Young Mary, Máire Bhán Óg, Mary Young And Fair.

There are 5 recordings of a tune by this name.

Mairi Bhan Og has been added to 46 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: Mairi Bhan Og
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
de | f4 B2 | B3 G B2 | c4 B2 | B3 c d2 | e3 f e2 | c3 B c2 | A6 | A4 c2 |
B3 G B2 | d4 e2 | f3 d f2 | f4 e2 |d4 f2 | f a3 f2 | e6- | e2 d2 e2 |
f3 d f2 |e4 d2 | B d3 B2 | B2 c2 d2 | e3 f e2 | c3 B c2 | A6 | d4 c2 |
B3 G B2 | d4 e2 | f3 e d2 | f a3 g2 | f3 e d2 | e3 d c2 | B6- | B4 ||
X: 2
T: Mairi Bhan Og
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Bmin
V:1
e | f2B B2B | c2B B>cd | e>fe c>Bc | A3 A2c |
B2B d2e | f>gf f>ed | d>ef a>gf | f/e/-e2 e>de |
f2B B2B | c2B B>cd | e>fe c>Bc | A3 A2c |
B2B d2e | f>ed f<ag | f>ed e>dc | B3 B2 ||
g | a2a B>cd | e>fe e>dc | a2a c>Bc | A3 A2c |
B2B d2e | f>gf f>ed | d>ef a>gf | f/e/-e2 e>de |
f>gf e2d | B<dB B>cd | e>fe c>Bc | A3 d2c |
B2B d2e | f>ed f<ag | f>ed e>dc | B3-B2 |]
V:2
e | f2B B2B | c2B B>cd | e>fe c>Bc | A3 A2c |
B2B d2e | f>gf f>ed | d>ef a>gf | f/e/-e2 e>de |
d>fd B>df | a2f d>cB| c>Bc A2A | e>cf c2A |
d>fd f2A | a>gf e3 | a>gf a2A | B>de d2 ||
g | a2a B>cd | e>fe e>dc | a2a c>Bc | A3 A2c |
B2B d2e | f>gf f>ed | d>ef a>gf | f/e/-e2 e>de |
B2d A2f | f2d a3 | c>Bc A2A | e>cf A3 |
d>fd f2A | a>gf e3 | a>gf a2A | B>de d2 |]
V:3
e | f2B B2B | c2B B>cd | e>fe c>Bc | A3 A2c |
f3 B2c | d2B d>ef | f2d f>ga | A3 A3 |
B2f f3 | e>de f3 | A3 e3 | c2d e3 |
f3 B2c | d2B A3 | d3 c>de | f3-f2 ||
g | a2a B>cd | e>fe e>dc | a2a c>Bc | A3 A2c |
f3 B2c | d2B d>ef | f2d f>ga | A3 A3 |
d2B c>dB| d<Bd f3 | A3 e3 | c2d f2e |
f3 B2c | d2B A3 | d3 c>de | f3-f2 |]

Nine comments

I learned thisrather pretty waltz from a Scottish piper I played with in Australia in the early 80’s. I know nothing else about it and have not seen it or heard it anywhere else since. Just before posting it, I checked the ABC Tune-finder (in case) and located a 6/8 piece of the same name from the West Edinburgh Folk Group book (1997). A cursory glance suggests some similarities but sufficient difference to warrant posting this version here.

Meaning "Young Fair-Haired Mary"?

Yep!! "Mary Young and Fair" according to the above-mentioned publication.

Or……

You could just say Máire Bhán Óg… :p

Or Fair Young Máire

Mairi Bhan Og

bristlehound mentioned the West Edinburgh Folk Group book - I put that book together, seems like years ago. We used to play the tune in the band. And you’re right, my "Mairi Bhan Og" (Mary, Young and Fair) bears little resemblance to this tune.

Mairi Bhan Og

Nigel is right. Listen to Jordi Saval’s version. I believe that his version, attributed to Duncan Ban MacIntyre is the original version and the above is nothing like it.

Mairi Bhan Og, X:2

This is the version I have played on both highland pipes and smallpipes. Here is a link to the Porridge Men playing it on smallpipes: https://youtu.be/RSLeLBCIiEk.


Cheers,
Joyce

Re: Mairi Bhan Og

In my last post, I should have added that the arrangement also includes fiddle and whistle or flute and not sure what else, but it is quite lovely.

And a friend coincidentally just sent a new link to me of the Boghall & Bathgate Pipe Band playing the same arrangement at the Glasgow Royal Concert Hall in 2012.

https://youtu.be/Gan7aUskVm0