The Merry Sisters Of Fate reel

Also known as The Merry Sisters, The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate.

There are 32 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Emyvale (a few times), The Dogs Among The Bushes (a few times).

The Merry Sisters Of Fate has been added to 221 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Merry Sisters Of Fate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eA(3AAA egfd|eA(3AAA gdBd|eA(3AAA egfd|BG(3GGG DGBd:|
|eaaf g2 fg|eaag edBd|eaaf g2 fg|egde gdBG|
|eaaf g2 fg|egab c'bag|eaaf g2 fg|egde gdBG||
|AGfg egdg|eA(3AAA eA~B2|egfg egde|BG(3GGG DGBd|
egfg egdg|eA(3AAA eA~B2|DGBd ~g3a|(3bag (3agf g2 fg||
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X: 2
T: The Merry Sisters Of Fate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Ador
|:eA A2 egfd|eA A2 gdBd|eA A2 egfd|BG G2 DGBd:|
|eaaf g2 fg|eaag ed (3Bcd|eaaf g2 fg|egde gdBG|
|eaaf g2 fg|egab c'bag|eaaf g2 fg|egde gdBG||
|egfg egdg|eA A2 eA B2|egfg egde|BG G2 DGBd|
egfg egdg|eA A2 eA B2|DGBd g3a|(3bag (3agf g2 fg||
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X: 3
T: The Merry Sisters Of Fate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:BE E2 BdcA|BE E2 dAFA|BE E2 BdcA|FD D2 ADFA:|
|Beec d2 cd|Beed BA (3FGA|Beec d2 cd|BdAB dAFD|
|Beec d2 cd|Bdef gfed|Beec d2 cd|BdAB dAFD||
|Bdcd BdAd|BE E2 BE F2|Bdcd BdAB|FD D2 ADFA|
Bdcd BdAd|BE E2 BE F2|ADFA d3e|(3fed (3edc d2 cd||
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Ten comments

The Merry Sisters of Fate

This version is from the title track of Lunasa’s latest CD. They play it on flute, pipes, and fiddle at mind blowing speed and clarity in A dorian (it’s in the Krassen O’Neill’s as "The Merry Sisters" in E dorian).

On fiddle, the A Part is the easiest (if you’ve got your triplets working). Watch for the 2nd measure where you have to grab what amounts to a G chord all at once to get that gdBd phrase at speed.

The B Part is only a little trickier. Measures 4 and 8 feature a bunch of snappy bowings across the strings, but the result is worth a little practice to get it smooth. Then measure 6 jumps into 2nd position to get the high c. I suppose you could stay in first position and reach, but the open e strings on either end of this phrase make is easier (for me) to just shift up for 7 notes and then back down again.

Part C is a mind bender. If you can manage the first measure hop from the 3rd string G to first string f, you’ve still got to negotiate all the ins and outs of the following runs. Measures 3 and 4 may also be played |egfg edbc|dG(3GGG DGBd|. And at the very end, if the downhill triplets are jsut too much, play it: |bgaf g2 fg|.

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The tune is also a close relative of the Merry Harriers, a breed of hunting dog (not sure what this says about the beauty of those "sisters")….

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Tommy Peoples plays a slightly different version in E-dorian on his album ‘The Iron Man’.
Altan have a tune (in Bm or B-dorian, I think) called The Three Merry Sisters of Fate, which is related, but a different tune.

Matt Molloy also does this on "Shadows on Stone", under the name "The Merry Sisters".

Wait…it’s not that tune is it? :-S

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The loops end before this tune.

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