A version of a reel that is played on the Isle of Man. Apologies - it’s probably been posted elsewhere, but I can’t find it, and can’t for the life of me remember what it’s called in other countries! The name translates as ‘Mona’s Delight.’
Heard it twice before….
It’s called "The Bonnie Grand March" on this recording by Gary Hastings and Frankie Gavin, [ 2nd tune, track 9 ] which would mean that it’s played as a "marching" tune in the North of Ireland.
I have also heard it played by the "Chieftains", I think in the mid-80s. It may be on one of their recordings, but I’m not sure.
A much travelled and ancient tune …
An interesting tune! It appears in four versions in the collections of Manx traditional music. It was collected by Mona Douglas with this Manx Gaelic title (Eunysagh Vona); the (earlier) Clague ms has it with an English title, Mona’s Delight, written as a hornpipe; and with two religious song titles: Come Friends and Relations and One Fine Sabbath Morn.
These tune variants were collected in the late 19th and early 20th centuries but it was also in an 18th edition of Playford’s Dancing Master with the title The Goddess and in The Dancing Master (1709) as the Goddesses.
It illustrates what most of us feel we know, that a good tune gets re-used and re-cycled.