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.
Yes, I think it might be related to the Sword In Hand https://thesession.org/tunes/1425.
According to various net sources, this is a Donegal relative of the Merry Sisters Of Fate https://thesession.org/tunes/623, popular with the Doherty family.
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.
T: The Three Merry Sisters Of Fate
D: Altan - The Red Crow
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
T: Tripping Up The Stairs
| 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 :||