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!