Blythesome Bridal, The

DESCRIPTION: A call to a wedding: "Fy let us a' tae the bridal, For there will be lilting there, For Jock's tae be married tae Maggie, The lass wi' the gowden hair." The elaborate feast is described in extravagant and nauseating fullness, as are the guests
AUTHOR: Francis Sempill ?
EARLIEST DATE: 1776 (Herd)
KEYWORDS: marriage humorous wedding food party
FOUND IN: Britain(Scotland(Aber))
REFERENCES (4 citations):
GreigDuncan3 606, "Fy, Let's A to the Bridal" (1 text, 1 tune)
PBB 82, "The Blythesome Bridal" (1 text)
Whitelaw-Song, pp. 99-100, "The Blythesome Bridal" (1 text)
ADDITIONAL: James Johnson, Editor, _The Scots Musical Museum_ [1853 edition], volume I, #58, pp. 58-59, "The Blithesome Bridal" (1 text, 1 tune)

ST PBB082 (Full)
Roud #5889
BROADSIDES:
Bodleian, Harding B 25(218), "The Blithsome Bridal" ("Come, fy, let us a' to the wedding"), unknown, no date
CROSS-REFERENCES:
cf. "Lanigan's Ball" (theme)
cf. "A Glorious Wedding" (theme)
cf. "The Wedding at Ballyporeen" (theme)
cf. "Sheelicks" (theme)
cf. "Pat's Wedding"
cf. "The Skipper's Wedding" (theme)
cf. "Irish Song (The Gay Wedding)" (theme)
SAME TUNE:
The Sports o' Glasgow Green (File: Ord397)
The Bundle of Oddities ("Sit down, and I'll count owre my sweethearts") (The Ulverston New Poetical Miscellany, p. 198)
NOTES: By the seventeenth century, the "penny bridal" was common in Scotland: At a marriage, anyone could get into the feast by paying the penny fee. The results were often uproarious. - RBW
For another Penny Bridal song, see "The Road to Peterhead." - RBW
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File: PBB082

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