St. Kilda Wedding (The)
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ST. KILDA WEDDING, THE (A' bhanais Irteach). Scottish (originally), Canadian; Strathspey, March, Reel and Air. Canada; Cape Breton, Prince Edward Island. A Major (most versions): G Major (Johnson). Standard tuning (fiddle). AB (Perlman): AA'B (Kerr): AABB (Athole, Hunter, Martin, Skye): AA'BB' (Johnson). The song, says Fraser, humorously told of the marriage ritual on St. Kilda before a permanent church was established there. According to the notes on Ossian's album, the last wedding that took place in St. Kilda was in 1926, for the remote island was evacuated in 1930. Fraser sneers that the tune is "murdered" in Macdonald's collection, while his father's set corresponds "with that of Miss Macleod of St. Kilda, now in Edinburgh." Christine Martin (2002) says the strathspey “St. Kilda Wedding” is often played as a reel, but it has also been played as a march and as a song tune.