T: The Merry Merchant
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Also known as Canny Sugach, The Jolly Merchant.
There are 2 recordings of this tune.
The Merry Merchant appears in 2 other tune collections.
The Merry Merchant has been added to 3 tunebooks.
O‘Neill’s 1001, tune number 993, which I first heard played by Catherine O’Shea and Lindsay Straw of The Ivy Leaf, who called it “The Jolly Merchant.” In their liner notes, they called out the O‘Neill’s transcription as the source, and the band recording holds fairly tightly to the O’Neill’s version, so that’s what I’ve included here. An alternate title in the book is “Canny Sugach.” It has echoes of a Scottish reel, but I can’t place it.
Correction: Caroline O’Shea, not Catherine.