Bùmarang – Perry Merry: Single

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A riddling song from Bùmarang – Montreal’s finest Celtic trio

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This song, Perry Merry, can be found on the album (CD/download/stream) Echo Land.

The Montreal-based trio of David Gossage, Kate Bevan-Baker and Sarah Pagé are an unmissable Celtic-inspired musical force who as individuals have played with Patrick Watson, Hey Rosetta!, Kid Koala, Michael Bublé, Cirque du Soleil and The Barr Brothers. On “Perry Merry” they introduce us to their sound, fusing harp, acoustic guitar and fiddle, with a riddling song that will leave you demanding more. “Perry Merry” includes three traditional songs. The first, “Perry Merry Dictum, Domine” is also known as “Riddle Song.” It’s a lively song which discusses elements that are impossible to exist in today’s world: a chicken with no bones, a book that cannot be read, a cherry without a stone, and a blanket without any thread. The nonsense Latin lyrics of the refrain add to the quirkiness of the song. It is believed that the song originates from Britain and dates back to 1430, when riddle songs such as this were popular throughout history. This song could be a fitting metaphor for our existence: life truly is a riddle that everyone is trying to figure out. Bùmarang follow this song with two old-time fiddle tunes: “Cumberland Gap” and “Washington’s March”. This is the first single from the “power trio” (The Guardian, PEI) who have been performing together since 2015, and leads up to ‘Echo Land’ their debut album due for release in May.

What does Perry Merry Dictum Domine mean?

Perry Merry Dictum Domine (sometimes heard or written as “Perry Merry Dixi Domine”) is a befuddling nonsense of latin-esque words, perfectly titling this riddle song, meant to befuddle and ultimately amuse. Perry and Merry are English words (Perry being a fermented pear-based drink similar to alcoholic apple cider), while the Latin Dictum Domine means “saying, Lord”. So a tipsy, merry mesh of sayings – a riddle!


1. Perry Merry [5:24]

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