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Sheet Music: Mairi's Wedding

TitleMairi's Wedding
Alternate titlesMarie's Wedding
The Lewis Bridal Song
Jack Sweeney's
Mairi Bhan
ComposerTraditional Scottish
InstrumentationFlute solo
KeyG major
RangeC5–E6
Time signature2/4
Tempo108 BPM
Performance time0:35
Difficulty leveleasy
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Date added2012-05-08
Last updated2012-05-08
CategoriesCeltic Music, Polkas, Traditional/Folk

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Tuesday 8 May 2012

Tune of the Day: Mairi's Wedding

Traditional Scottish folk song

This tune is from the Hebrides Islands which lie off the north coast of Scotland; it is also known as the “Lewis Bridal Song”, title that refers to the Isle of Lewis. As George Emmerson noted in his book A Social History of Scottish Dance, there is nothing that particularly distinguishes this tune as Scottish; nevertheless, it has had remarkable longevity, and is popular in traditional circles to this day.

It is frequently heard at Irish sessions under the title “Jack Sweeney's Polka”. Sweeney was a musician who passed on numerous polkas to accordion player Johnny O'Leary.

Thanks to Jess for suggesting this tune!