Tripping Up The Stairs 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 10 recordings of a tune by this name.

Tripping Up The Stairs has been added to 1 tune set.

Tripping Up The Stairs has been added to 106 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: Tripping Up The Stairs
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
~d3f ecde|fB~B2 dBAB|~d3f edcd|eA~A2 eAce:|
|:a2^ga faea|fB~B2 fBdf|affe afec|A2 (3cBA eAce:|
%Variation on A-part
d2fd caec|B2 (3dcB fBBc|defa edcB|A2 (3cBA eAce||
X: 2
T: Tripping Up The Stairs
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||
X: 3
T: Tripping Up The Stairs
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 :||

Seven 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 :||