Màiri Nighean Deorsa (2)

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MÀIRI NIGHEAN DEORSA [2] (Mary, George's Daughter). AKA - "Mari Nighean Deorsa." Scottish, Air (3/4 time). D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. A related melody to "Màiri Nighean Deorsa (1)." This triple-time air appears in Donald/Daniel Dow's Collection of Ancient Scottish Airs, published in Edinburgh in the 1770's. The exact year is in question; dates as early as 1773 and as late as 1778 have been given. The same melody appears in a manuscript collected around 1810 by the Armagh-born collector Edward Bunting, according to Colm Ó Baoill, without a bass line, with the note that it was "Copie(s?) out of old printed Book." Duple time versions of the air exist in song form, and as a pipe pibroch setting. The air was used by MacDonald of Ardnabi in praise of his violin, which he called Mairi nighean Dheorsa (Mary George's Daughter).

See also notes to the related "Grant of Sheuglie's Contest" for more.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Aird (Sixth and Last Volume of Scotch, English, Irish and Foreign Airs), 1803; No. 106, p. 41. Dow (A Collection of Ancient Scots Music), c. 1776; p. 23.

Recorded sources:




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