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MAIRI'S WEDDING (R8x40) James B Cosh 22 SCDs+2 1- 8 1s turn RH, cast to 2nd place & turn LH to face 1st corners 9-16 1s dance ½ diagonal reel of 4 with 1st corners & ½ diagonal reel with 2nd corners 17-24 1s dance ½ diagonal reel with 3rd corner (position) & ½ diagonal reel with 4th corner (position) 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 Dance notes: 9-24 Between each ½ diagonal reel of 4, James Cosh was explicit that the dancing couple pass by the Left shoulder. In social dancing, it is common practice to pass by the Right shoulder. The important point is to ensure that the couple themselves have agreed which shoulder to use!
Mairi's Wedding (also known as the Lewis Bridal Song or Mairi Bhan) is a Scottish folk song originally written in Gaelic by Johnny Bannerman for Mary McNiven. Written using a traditional Scottish tune, it was first played for Mary in 1935 at the Old Highlanders’ Institute in Glasgow's Elmbank Street. Hugh S. Robertson translated the Gaelic version into English in 1936 and this dance was devised in 1959. The erroneous variant of passing RSh is sometimes nicknamed “Mairi’s Divorce”.
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