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Marnan Fair
Origin unknown but Sung by Jimmy McGregor, Perth

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1.
Ma freens that's gai - thered here this nicht, jist lis - ten for a wee,
An I'll tell ye o a lass I like an I'm sure that lass likes me.
Ye could search the toon an ne - ver fin a bon - ni - er lass I'm shair,
An I met her owre at Fog - gie - loan the nicht o Mar - nan Fair.
 
  Chorus
Then hur - rah ma boys, hur - rah! I've the life o a mair - ried man,
An I've been as hap - py as a king could be since I mair - ried Ma - ry Ann.
She's a pair o een as ne'er were seen, an ring - lets o gol - den hair,
An I met her owre at Fog - gie - loan, the nicht o Mar - nan Fair.
2.
We wandered owre the heather by the thistles and the sloe,
Then in the evening, boys, I took her to a show.
I bocht her candy in great lumps an she swore that it was rare,
An I kissed the candy aff her lips on the nicht o Mar - nan Fair.
 
  3.
The first nicht I gaed hame wi her, the bottle was gey fu,
The nicht that I gaed thon lang road, I'm sure I'll never rue.
Her parents they gave me consent, and we hired a coach an pair,
Gaed aff an we got mairrit on the nicht o Mar - nan Fair.
 
4.
Twelve months noo are passed an gone and to crown oor earthly joys,
I'll tell ye on the quiet we've been blessed wi a pair o boys.
They're the very image o their Dad, so the neebours declare,
An we're gaun tae open a baby show the nicht o Mar - nan Fair.
 

(Thanks go to Gordon Paterson for finding the song and music and to the Music Department of Banff Academy for producing the tune in Midi format)

 

Marnan Fair (sometimes referred to as Marnoch Fair) was held annually on the second Tuesday of March in Marnoch and on the First Tuesday in March at Leochel.
It ceased to be held in 1939.

* A well near the Manse in Aberchirder was called the Saint's Well.  It was here the annual market called Marnoch Fair, for horses and cattle, was held.
Just beneath the church of Aberchirder is St Marnan's Ford and on a hill hard by was a stone called St Marnan's Chair.

* The old church at Leochel was dedicated to St Marnan.

* Extracts from 'Statistical Accounts of Scotland' 1845.

 

The Deveron Reel
Composed by Neil Grant

The River Deveron rises in west Aberdeenshire in an area known as the Cabrach and flows for 61 miles (98 km) north-eastwards to join the sea at Banff Bay.
It passes through Huntly and is closest to Aberchirder at Bridge of Marnoch.

The Deveron Reel is a well known tune played by Strathspey and Reel Societies and frequently used in Scottish Country Dancing.
The composer Neil Grant worked for the BBC in Glasgow in the early 1960's and was involved in The White Heather Club show.  He is perhaps better known for writing the tune to the words of Andy Stewart's famous song " Donald Where's Your Troosers"
 

We are fortunate and privileged to be able to present an audio recording of the The Deveron Reel performed by
Banff Academy Ceilidh Band in April 2008.

Pupils playing are:  Colleen Bowie, Rhona Christie, Lindsay Cook, Nicola Cook, Tara vCopić, Jacquelyne Hall, Jennifer Irvine, Emma Pantel, Mary-Rose Shand, Steven Watson & Nicole Webster.  Music Teacher Melanie Nicol played drums and the band was led by Violin Instructor Andrea Lewin.

Thanks go to Mr Douglas Watt, Keyboard and Piano Instructor for producing the recording and to
Mrs Christine Watt, Head of the Music Department at the Academy.

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