This song is very well known in the version by Sir Hugh S Roberton (“Step we gaily, on we go … ”). Our own English language version is more faithful to the lovely original Gaelic lyrics by John Bannerman which he wrote for the singer Mary MacNiven. (Màiri Bhàn means fair Mary.)
A slow solo over backing chords introduces the song — and closes it out at the end — while the middle section has an upbeat dance tempo with strongly harmonized verses alternating between male and female voices.
Màiri Bhàn (lit.‘fair Mary’) is pronounced ‘maaree vaan’ where ‘aa’ is a long ‘ah’ vowel. The expression is a familiar form of addressing a young woman.
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