Galway based sisters and fiddle playing duo the Kane sisters, have opened up about their recent corrective surgery to re-attach themselves to each other.
Liz and Yvonne, natives of Letterfrack, told The Drone of their decision to have themselves 're-conjoined' after previously being separated at birth. The surgery was performed in the USA by one of the country's most prominent surgeons, who is known for separating conjoined twins.
The sisters say that the decision to have surgery to re-attach to each other came after years of feeling like conjoined twins, and that there were numerous signs that the universe was telling them to get the surgery done.
"We always felt like the decision was going to happen eventually. The fact we both played the fiddle, and not just play the fiddle, but remarkably in sync with each other was a real sign."
"We also noticed that at gigs we would be standing playing and as the night went on, we would be unconsciously edging closer and closer to each other, and by the end of the gig our sides would literally be touching off each other and we'd almost be playing each other's fiddle."
The Galway sisters also revealed how they were separated at birth by a few years and that they felt cheated when they were born separately: "Growing up we knew there was a connection between us and that all that was missing was a physical connection. We felt like conjoined twins who were separated at birth."
In order to undergo the surgery, Liz and Yvonne had to travel to the US and raise funds for the procedure. This took the form of concerts and the release of their latest CD, 'Side by Side', which was a reference to their goal of becoming attached 'side by side'.
The procedure was a success, and the sisters cannot hide their excitement and happiness at their new found form. However, their newly attached bodies will take some getting used to in a musical sense.
"We haven't figured out what way we'll work the fiddles. We're not sure if we'll have one fiddle or two, and if one, who will do the bowing and who'll do the fingers. If there's two fiddles, do we get someone to bow for us and we do the fingers. We have to sit down and work it out but the possibilities are endless!"