Isabeaux S'y Proméne
traditional, arranged by the Tannahill Weavers
Banais Màiread by Phil Smillie
We learned the first part of this medley
from a French group we were lucky enough to meet at Irvine's Marymass
festival in Scotland. This haunting melody was written about a young
lady who visits her sailor boyfriend on board his vessel. After
spending a romantic evening with him she leaves as his fiancée.
Unfortunately, by the time she leaves him the pier has parted company with
the ship. Her fiancé arrives on deck to see her going down for the
third time, and immediately composes this tune for her.
The second tune here is one from our flutist Phil. The title written
in Gaelic means Maggie's Wedding.