Thanks to everyone who sent me information on traditional music for
weddings. I think most of the information was posted directly to
Strathspey, but I did receive a request to share whatever I found out. The
following is a list of the suggestions sent to me directly:
1) Cape Breton Wedding Reels: Old Time Wedding Reel #1: John of Badenyon;
Old Time Wedding Reel #2: Hamish the Carpenter; (Put Me in the Big Chest
often follows). This set would traditionally have been the first dance
after the ceremony, but could also be used to marry a couple if there was
no member of the clergy yet living in the area--back when Cape Breton was
sparsely settled. These tunes can be found in "Traditional Celtic Violin
Music of Cape Breton, the DunGreen Collection" and on Joe Cormier's "Old
Time Wedding Reels" (Rounder).
2) The Lass I Adore (a slow air with a Gaelic title, played on bagpipe)
3) Mairi's Wedding, aka Lewis Wedding Song (both instrumental and vocal
4) Regular SCD sets, beginning with waltzes, and working up to jigs and
reels, with special attention to the campy tunes such as Bonnie Dundee,
Scotland the Brave, and 100 Pipers.
5) A medley of tunes with love themes, such as: Will ye go, Lassie, Go?, My
Love She's but a lassie yet, The White Cockade, The Eriskay Love Lilt, and
Finally, it was brought to my attention that some churches do not allow
certain kinds of music in the church itself, and it was recommended that I
ask the official conducting the wedding about limitations.
Marry me now,
Columbia, SC, USA