Irish Traditional Music Tune Index
Tune ID#1275 (Merry Sisters)
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Here are all recordings of this tune considering only the indexed recordings. I have discovered by careful listening that these sources are in fact musically the same tune, regardless of the tune titles they use, key changes, retuning, etc.
|[Album code] Artist. Title. Performers (instruments).|
[IFM] Past Masters of Irish Fiddle Music. Frank O'Higgins (fiddle).
[Ch 3] The Chieftains. 3. Michael Tubridy (flute, concertina, whistle), Seán Potts (whistle), Paddy Moloney (pipes, whistle), Martin Fay (fiddle), Seán Keane (fiddle), Peadar Mercier (bodhrán, bones). For this tune: 1st time Sean Keane (fiddle).
[JD 3] John Doherty. The Celebrated Recordings. John Doherty (fiddle, vocals).
[SE 5] Seamus Ennis. The Fox Chase. Seamus Ennis (pipes). For this tune: (C# pipes).
[TP 4] Tommy Peoples. The Iron Man. Tommy Peoples (fiddle).
[MOBAL] Michelle O'Brien, Aogán Lynch and Gavin Rolston [sic]. Michelle O'Brien, Aogán Lynch and Gavin Ralston. Michelle O'Brien (fiddle), Aogán Lynch (concertina), Gavin Ralston (guitar). For this tune: Michelle O'Brien (fiddle).
[Lu 3] Lúnasa. The Merry Sisters of Fate. Kevin Crawford (flute, whistle), Seán Smyth (fiddle, whistle), Cillian Vallely (pipes, whistle), Donogh Hennessy (guitar, whistle), Trevor Hutchinson (double bass).
Here are all transcriptions of this tune considering only the indexed books, listed in chronological order. I have discovered by careful comparison that these are very similar to this tune as played on the recordings listed above.
|As tune #1267 in  Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. O'Neill's Music of Ireland.|
|As tune #535 in  Francis O'Neill and James O'Neill. The Dance Music of Ireland. 1001 Gems.|
|As tune #30 in volume 2 of [LPTW] Eithne Vallely. Learn to Play the Tin Whistle.|
|On page 108 of [Krsn] Miles Krassen. O'Neill's Music of Ireland. New and Revised.|
|In [FF] David Brody. The Fiddler's Fakebook.|
|On page 46 of [TP] Tommy Peoples. Fifty Irish Fiddle Tunes.|
If you are considering using the above transcriptions to help you learn this tune, I invite you to check these practical Tips for Learning Irish Traditional Music. See also: So why do you bother indexing books and abc?