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Dance Mairi's Wedding4102

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Also known as »Mairi's Divorce« (unofficial), »My He's Sweating« (unofficial).

Reel · 40 bars · 3 couples · Longwise - 4   (Progression: 213)

Devised by:
James B Cosh (1959)
Intensity
800/844/844/888/888 = 73% (1 turn), 55% (whole dance)
Formations:
Reel of four - diagonal - half (REEL;DIAG;HALF;R4;)
Reel of three - across (REEL;ACROSS;R3;)
Hands round - 6 - and back (HR;6P;BACK;)
Steps:
Skip-Change, Slip-Step
Published in:
A Guide to Scottish Country Dancing [224]
Dances Of An Island Clan [23]
Twenty Two SCD and Two Others [4]
Twenty Two SCD and One Other [4]
Fifteen Scottish Country Dances [4]
Twelve Scottish Country Dances [4]
Six Scottish Country Dances [5]
Scottish Reels are Fun [38]
Scottish Country Dances in Diagrams. Ed. 8 [117]
Scottish Country Dances in Diagrams. Ed. 7 [98]
Scottish Country Dances in Diagrams. Ed. 6 [94]
Online Sources:
http://www.users.on.net/~anguka/mairi.pdf
Recommended Music:
Mairi's Wedding (Traditional)
Scotland the Brave (Ian Gourlay)
The Thistle of Scotland (Traditional)

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John Roderick (Johnny) Bannerman (1865-1938) from South Uist wrote the original Gaelic words of the song in 1935, for 1934 National Mod gold medalist singer Mary C. MacNiven of Portnahaven, Islay. Mary's actual wedding (to sea captain John Campbell) didn't take place until 1941. Sir Hugh S. Roberton (1874-1952), founder of the acclaimed Glasgow Orpheus Choir and a leading choir master of the time, came up with the well-known English lyrics – only very loosely related to Bannerman's Gaelic ones – in 1936. Mary had been born in 1905 and passed away on 25 March 1997, at age 91. (See Mary's obituary.)

On dance programmes, the »Mairi« in the title of the dance is often spelled »Mhairi«. This does look vaguely more »Gaelic« but would have to be pronounced »VAA-ri«. It would also be grammatically incorrect.

As a common variant, some dancers pass by the right between the diagonal half-reels of four (contrary to the express wishes of the author, James Cosh). This variant has the nickname »Mairi's Divorce«, which is a bit disrespectful as the real Mary never divorced. In 1998 Angus Henry somewhat jokingly »devised« and published the right-shoulder variant using that nickname.

Since the pass only involves the first couple, they can choose the shoulder as they wish at each pass without disturbing the rest of the set.

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NameArtistAlbumMediaTrkTypeTimePaceClip
Mairi's Wedding Iain MacPhail and his Scottish Dance Band Highlander Music Scottish Dances Vol 5 CD 14 R40 85:20 32.0 [S]
Mairi's Wedding The Carfuffle Ceilidh Band Muckle Carfuffle CD+ 7 R40 85:45 34.5 [S]
Mairi's Wedding John MacGregor Scottish Dance Band Invitation to a Scottish Dance LP 4 R40 42:51 34.2
Mairi's Wedding Caber Feidh Caber Feidh LP 7 R40 80:00 0.0
Mairi's Wedding Jim MacLeod and his Band Scottish Dance Favourites LP+ 8 R40 85:24 32.4
Mairi's Wedding Jim MacLeod and his Band Golden Hour of Scottish Dancing LP 8 R40 85:24 32.4
Mairi's Wedding Jim MacLeod and his Band Scottish Dance Party LP 4 R40 85:24 32.4
Mairi's Wedding Stan Hamilton and his Flying Scotsmen Scottish Dance Time Vol 3 LP 5 R40 85:34 33.4 [S]
Mairi's Wedding Reel Ian Reid and his Scottish Dance Band Scottish Dance Frolic CD 6 R40 42:50 34.0
Mairi's Wedding Reel Ian Reid and his Scottish Dance Band Ian Reid and his Scottish Dance Band LP 10 R40 42:50 34.0
Mairi's Wedding Frank Reid and his Band Something Old - Something New LP 4 R40 80:00 0.0
Mairi's Wedding Jimmy Shand and his Band Scottish Favourites CD 3 R40 80:00 0.0
Mairi's Wedding Jimmy Blair and his Scottish Dance Band Scottish Dances CD+ 4 R40 85:58 35.8
Mairi's Wedding Blue Bonnets Gates of Edinburgh LP 4 R40 80:00 0.0
Mairi's Wedding Jim Dawson and his Scottish Country Dance Band Bow and Curtsy LP+ 7 R40 42:48 33.6 [S]
Mairi's Wedding Charlie Jemmett and His Band Dancer's Choice LP 6 R40 80:00 0.0
Mairi's Wedding Jimmy Shand and his Band Step We Gaily CD+ 1 R40 85:36 33.6 [S]
Mairi's Wedding Jimmy Shand and his Band Scotland's Own Jimmy Shand LP+ 10 R40 85:36 33.6 [S]
Mairi's Wedding Jimmy Shand and his Band A Scottish Fancy CD+ 12 R40 85:36 33.6 [S]
Mairi's Wedding Bobby Crowe and his Scottish Dance Band Step in Time MC 5 R40 85:50 35.0
Mairi's Wedding Irvine Valley SCD Band Favourite SCDs Vol. 4 Dancer's Choice CD 11 R40 42:59 35.8
Mairi's Wedding Bobby Brown and The Scottish Accent Are You Ready? .... Well Here We Go! CD 6 R40 85:59 35.9
Mairi's Wedding The Colin Dewar Quartet Special Requests Volume 3 CD+ 12 R40 86:03 36.3 [S]
Mairi's Wedding Neil Barron and his Scottish Dance Band The Reel Party CD 5 R40 85:40 34.0
Mairi's Wedding Frank Reid Saint Andrew's Ball - Volume 2 CD 6 R40 106:50 32.8
Mairi's Wedding The Colin Dewar Quartet Music for Collins Pocket Reference. Vol 2 CD 12 R40 85:51 35.1
Mairi's Wedding Ed Brydie and his Band Ed Brydie and his Scottish Ramblers LP 2 R40 42:42 32.4
Mairi's Wedding Auld Reekie More Capital Reels CD+ 14 R40 85:27 32.7
Mairi's Wedding Scotch Measure Skip Change with Scotch Measure CD 7 R40 85:48 34.8
Mairi's Wedding Bobby Murray I Love Scottish Country Dance Music CD 7 R40 85:45 34.5
Mairi's Wedding Fred Moyes What You Hear is What You Get CD 4 R40 80:00 0.0
Mhairi's Wedding The Ian Muir Sound Scottish Country Dances Vol 3 CD 1 R40 85:46 34.6 [S]
Mairi's Wedding The Music Makars Dance, Sing and Rejoice CD 2 R40 85:36 33.6 [S]
Mairi's Wedding The Music Makars 2008 Pittsburgh Ball CD 17 R40 85:48 34.8
Mairi's Wedding The Music Makars 2008 Pittsburgh Ball CD 18 R40 43:10 38.0
Mairi's Wedding Peter Elmes' Scottish Country Dance Band Live at Opotiki, Music for a Whale of a Time CD 16 R40 85:51 35.1
Mairi's Wedding David South and his Scottish Dance Band To the Laird CD 20 R40 85:45 34.5
Mairi's Wedding Kokai, H / Murayama, Y / Aoyama, R / Clement, B 25th Anniversary Dances, RSCDS Tokyo Branch CD 3 R40 85:56 35.6
Mairi's Wedding The Glencraig Scottish Dance Band Are ye askin'? - The Reel Party CD 15 R40 85:38 33.8
Mairi's Wedding Graham Geddes and his Scottish Dance Band Live at the Beach Ballroom CD 11 R40 85:31 33.1
Mairi's Wedding Ian T Muir The Netherwood Collection CD 108 R40 87:18 43.8
Mairi's Wedding The Pictish Players sailing by CD 5 R40 96:09 32.8

Eric Ferguson's SCD Cribs

1–
1c turn RH | cast (2c up) ; turn LH to face 1cnrs
9–
1c ½Reel4 with 1cnrs (pass P Lsh) ; Repeat with 2cnrs
17–
Repeat with 3cnrs (1cnr person) ; Repeat with 4cnrs (2cnr person)
25–
1W+2c & 1M+3c Reels3 across, Lsh to 1cnr
33–
2c+1c+3c circle6 and back

Note: Cosh explicitly tells 1c to pass Lsh in [9-24]; however the Rsh pass is quite common, and nicknamed »Mairi's Divorce«.

Crib was checked by its author · Source: Eric T. Ferguson

MiniCribs

1-8
1s turn RH & cast to 2nd place, 1s turn LH to face 1st corners
9-16
1s dance 1/2 diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners, 1s dance 1/2 diagonal reel with 2nd corners
17-24
1s dance 1/2 diagonal reel with 3rd corner (pstns), 1/2 diagonal reel with 4th corner (pstns)
25-32
1s dance reel of 3 across (Lady with 2s, Man with 3s - LSh to 1st corner)
33-40
2s+1s+3s circle 6H round & back
Crib accuracy is unknown · Source: MiniCrib

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