The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate reel

Also known as Dermot McLaughlin’s, The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate, Trip Up Stairs, Trip Upstairs, Tripping Up Stairs, Tripping Upstairs.

There are 13 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate has been added to 117 tunebooks.

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Four settings

1
X: 1
T: The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~d3f ecde|fB~B2 dBAB|~d3f edcd|eA~A2 eAce|
d2fd caec|B2 (3dcB fBBc|defa edcB|A2 (3cBA eAce||
|:a2^ga faea|fB~B2 fBdf|affe afec|A2 (3cBA eAce:|
2
X: 2
T: The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
d2fd edce|fB~B2 fBce|d2fd edcd|eA~A2 eAce:|
ea^ga fece|fB~B2 fece|a2^ga fecd|eA~A2 eAcd|
ea^ga fece|fB~B2 fece|a2^ga fgaf|edef gece||
3
X: 3
T: The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Bdor
|defd efde|fB ~B2 fBce|defd efdf|eA ~A2 eAce|
defd efde|fB ~B2 fBce|defd efga|eA ~A2 eAce|
a2 ga faea|fB ~B2 fBce|a2 ga faed|cA ~A2 eAce|
a2 ga faea|fB ~B2 fBce|a2 ga faed|(3Bcd ef =gece:|
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4
X: 4
T: The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
|d2 fd efde|fB ~B2 fece|d2 fd efdf|eA ~A2 eAce|
d2 fd efde|fB ~B2 fece|defd efdf|eA ~A2 eAce|
|:a2 ga faea|fB ~B2 fece|a2 ga fgaf|1 eA ~A2 eAce:|2 edef =g2 fe||

Eight comments

Dermot McLaughlin’s

Picked this up from our session. Tend to play the A-part variation 2nd time thru’ instead of just repeating the basic tune.

Paul O Shaughnessy taught this at An Scoil Gheimhridh Frankie Kennedy - but in G.

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I realised that this is the same tune as the one that appears on Altan’s “The Red Crow”. They start with the B-part for effect and then play the tune as normal, rounding the tune off with the same part.

X: 1
T: The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: Altan - The Red Crow
R: reel
K: Dmaj
d2fd edce|fB~B2 fBce|d2fd edcd|eA~A2 eAce:|
ea^ga fece|fB~B2 fece|a2^ga fecd|eA~A2 eAcd|
ea^ga fece|fB~B2 fece|a2^ga fgaf|edef gece||

There is a version in jig time in Thompson’s Compleat Collection of Country Dances c.1770

Another take on it

X: 1
T: Tripping Up The Stairs
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: reel
K: Bdor
| defd efde | fB ~B2 fBce | defd efdf | eA ~A2 eAce |
| defd efde | fB ~B2 fBce | defd efga | eA ~A2 eAce |
| a2 ga faea | fB ~B2 fBce | a2 ga faed | cA ~A2 eAce |
| a2 ga faea | fB ~B2 fBce | a2 ga faed | (3Bcd ef =gece :||

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