The Merry Sisters reel

Also known as Margret O’Donnell’s, Merry Sisters, The Merry Sisters Of Fate.

There are 28 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Merry Sisters has been added to 136 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Merry Sisters
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
BE~E2 BdcA | B2Ed BAFA |1 BE~E2 BdcA | dD~D2 ~D2FA :|2 DEFA dfea | fdec d2cA ||
Beec dBcA | Beed BAFA | Beec dfed | BdAB dAFA |
~B3A dcdf | edef gfed |(3Bcd ec dfed | BdAB dAFD ||
Edcd BdAd | BE~E3 BAFA | B2dA BdAB | dD~D2 DEFA |
BdAd ~B2Ad | BE~E2 BAFE | DEFA dfea | fdec d2cA ||
"Last time" fdec d4 ||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Merry Sisters
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
dc|:BE{G}E{F}E Bd c/2{d}c/2A|{c}BE{G}E{F}E dAFA|
BE{f}ec d2cA|Be{f}ed BAFA|Be{f}ec dcdA|
B3/2{c}B/2{A}Bc dAFA|Be{f}ec d2-dA|Be{f}ec defg|
af .g/2.f/2e fded|BABc dAFA|BdcA {c}BAFA|BE{G}E{F}E BEFA|
B3/2{c}B/2{A}BA B3/2{c}B/2{A}Bc|dD{G}D{F}D ADFA|BdcA {c}BAFA|
BE{G}E{F}E {c}BAFA|D2.E/2.F/2A d2eg|fdec dAFA|]
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X: 3
T: The Merry Sisters
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:BE E2 BdcA | BE E2 dAFA |BE E2 BdcA | dD D2 FA A2
BE E2 BdcA | BE E2 dAFA |BE E2 BdcA | dD D2 ADFA||
|:Beec d2 BA | Beed (3cBA FA | Beec dcdA | B3c dAFA |
Beec d2 BA | Beec defg |af (3gfe fdec | BABc dAFA ||
|:BdcA BAFA | BE E2 ADFA | BdcA BABc | dD D2 ADFA |
BdcA BAFA | BE E2 BEFA | D2 FA d2 eg | fdec dAFA ||
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The Merry Sisters

This setting is from Donegal fiddler Tommy Peoples and owes much to his inventive style of playing.

The third part is more or less a variation on the first part, but it’s a heck of a finger-twister.

AKA The Merry Sisters of Fate…

it’s the same tune, just in Edor (or Em?). Altan and Lunasa also do it, among many many others…

The version by Liam O’Flynn, played with (what he calls) O’Rourke’s and Colonel Fraser on "The Given Note":

X:1
T:Merry Sisters
S:Liam O’Flynn
M:4/4
L:1/8
R:Reel
K:Em
dc|:BE{G}E{F}E Bd c/2{d}c/2A|{c}BE{G}E{F}E dAFA|
BE{G}E{F}E Bd c/2{d}c/2A|dD{G}D{F}D ADFA:|
K:Edor
BE{f}ec d2cA|Be{f}ed BAFA|Be{f}ec dcdA|
B3/2{c}B/2{A}Bc dAFA|Be{f}ec d2-dA|Be{f}ec defg|
af .g/2.f/2e fded|BABc dAFA|BdcA {c}BAFA|BE{G}E{F}E BEFA|
B3/2{c}B/2{A}BA B3/2{c}B/2{A}Bc|dD{G}D{F}D ADFA|BdcA {c}BAFA|
BE{G}E{F}E {c}BAFA|D2.E/2.F/2A d2eg|fdec dAFA|]