Máire Bhan's Wedding Reel

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MÁIRE BHAN'S WEDDING REEL. AKA and see "Bonny Bunch of Ferns (The)," "Piobaire a’ Cheidigh (An)," "Piper of Keadue." Irish, Reel. Ireland, County Donegal. AEae tuning. Donegal fiddler Mickey Doherty told the story of the wedding of a Teelin, Donegal, girl, one Maire Bhan, who received an unexpected visitor, presumably a fairy, during her wedding supper and dance. A small red-haired piper intruded, and neither ate nor drank, but played the whole day and night for the dancing, but especially is remembered for his introducing this reel. Finished, the piper left the cottage, and though followed by the menfolk present he had disappeared as mysteriously as he came.

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