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Mountain Dulcimer Demonstration in D-A-A and D-A-d Tuning by Steve Eulberg



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The lively tune, Mairi's Wedding is also known as Marie's Wedding, the Lewis Bridal Song, or Mairi Bhan. This is a Scottish folk song originally written in Gaelic by Johnny Bannerman for Mary McNiven, a well-known singer at the time.

Johnny first played the tune for Mary in 1935 at the Old Highlanders Institute in Glasgow's Elmbank Street. "I still have a clear recollection of that day," said Mary. "Johnny said the song was just for me. I can't believe it became so popular. But when it was first played to me I found it very catchy — and I still do"

Although Mary herself is a real person, the wedding wasn't. Mary didn't actually get married to her sea captain, John Campbell, until six years later. Since the song was originally written in Gaelic, Johnny called her "Mairi" instead of Mary. The words were translated into English a year later by Hugh S. Roberton. Scottish schoolchildren have been singing the song for generations, and it's still a favourite all over the world.

To hear a rousing performance of ths Celtic tune by the 2009 Irish Folk Band of the Year, the High Kings, click here. If you would like to sing along, click here to download the words.

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