The Honeycomb reel

Also known as Captain O’Neills, Push About The Jorum, The Rowan Tree.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

The Honeycomb has been added to 8 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Honeycomb
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:g2fg afd2| g2fg a2a2| abag aged | edef g2 ge :|
|:dBcA BAcA| BAGA B2ge| dBcA BAcA | ABAF G2 z2 :|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Honeycomb
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge |:dBcA BAcA| BAGA B2ge| dBcA BAcA | ABAF G2 z2 :|
ABC
X: 3
T: The Honeycomb
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
g|dGBG FAAc|BGBd g2fe|dGBG FAAc|BGAF G2G:|
f|g2fg afed|ggfg a2df|g2fg afed|egfa g2gd|
g2fg afed|ggfg a2df|g2fg afed|egfa gbeg||
ABC
X: 4
T: The Honeycomb
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
(ge)|dGBG FGAc|BGBd g2fe|dGBG FGAc|BGAF G2:|
z2|d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg a3/2)(g/2 (3{a}gfg)|d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg) a2a2|d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg) agfd| (3(efg) fa g2g2|
d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg a3/2)(g/2 (3{a}gfg)|d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg) a2ga|bgaf gfed|(3(efg) fa g2|]
ABC
X: 5
T: The Honeycomb
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge | dBcA BAGA | BAGA B2ge | dBcA BAGA | BGAF G |
ABC
X: 6
T: The Honeycomb
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
ge|:dGBG F~A3|BA (3Bcd efge|dGBG F~A3|BGAF D~G3:|
|:d~g3 bgag|dgbg ageg|d~g3 bgaz | (3Bcd ef g2Bc |
d~g3 bgag | dgbg a2ga | bgaf (3gfe dA |1 (3Bcd ef g2 Bc :|2 (3Bcd ef g2 |
ABC

Twelve comments

The Honeycomb

"Well I went to see the widow and the widow wasn’t home, so I went to see her daughter and she gave me honeycomb." So goes the lyric to this tune that was once popular in the mountains around Cumberland Maryland and Pennsylvania.

It is definitely a version of the English tune called "Push about the Jorum." I always thought that the Irish got a hold of it and made "Blackberry Blossom." (Reverse the parts.) Or maybe the English got a hold of Blackberry Blossom and made this peppy little tune. Whatever its true history may be, I suspect that it came from Lowland Scotland or SOuthern England or even Ulster like so many of the tunes I collect.

Ofcouse with all of my submissions this is but one bare bones version of the melody… Lots of nice triplets will fall into place once you learn the tune…I vary it and maybe it shouldve been in 2/4…

Weird timing…

Thanks Dow

You were right the timeing was screwed… I knew I had to fix it befor eit got set to music and luckily I managed to make a sense of it.

One to many pints…

Of coffee today… cant spell, cant talk! One change…

second part add the pick up notes to beginning…

ge |:dBcA BAcA| BAGA B2ge| dBcA BAcA | ABAF G2 z2 :|

There!

I listened to the MIDI and that nice little pause without the pickup notes is not bad… I’m glad I salvaged this tune thanks to Dow… TRY IT! ITS FUN!!!!!!

one last thing… on the second parts especially on fiddle… sharp the c’s a little for a nice "neutral" tone it makes the tune "talk" a little bit.

LOL I didn’t want to suggest corrections in case that was actually how the tune went :-)

This tune

This tune started as an Advanced ABC search and after I couldnt find it I realized I had all these phrases so I just thought Id submit it! Well, It wasnt all there and neither was I. Its not bad now. Here is a nice version I got from JCs Tune finder…(low part first)

X: 1
T:Push About the Jorum
R:Reel
B:The Athole Collection
M:C|
L:1/8
F:http://ecf-guest.mit.edu/~jc/music/abc/mirror/hans.members.beeb.net/Tunes/athol-nz.abc 2006-06-29 14:16:40 UT
K:G
g|dGBG FAAc|BGBd g2fe|dGBG FAAc|BGAF G2G:|
f|g2fg afed|ggfg a2df|g2fg afed|egfa g2gd|
g2fg afed|ggfg a2df|g2fg afed|egfa gbeg||

O’Neill’s Music Of Ireland

It is also in ONeill’s as Push About the Jorum.

ONeill’s

X:1222
T:"Captain O’Neill" (reel) 1222
C:after Chief F. O’Neill
B:O’Neill’s Music Of Ireland (The 1850) Lyon & Healy, Chicago, 1903 edition
Z:FROM O’NEILL’S TO NOTEWORTHY, FROM NOTEWORTHY TO ABC, MIDI AND .TXT BY VINCE
BRENNAN July 2003 (HTTP://WWW.SOSYOURMOM.COM)
I:abc2nwc
M:C|
L:1/8
K:G
(ge)|dGBG FGAc|BGBd g2fe|dGBG FGAc|BGAF G2:|
z2|d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg a3/2)(g/2 (3{a}gfg)|d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg) a2a2|d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg) agfd| (3(efg) fa g2g2|
d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg a3/2)(g/2 (3{a}gfg)|d3/2(g/2 (3{a}gfg) a2ga|bgaf gfed|(3(efg) fa g2|]

There it is in Irish.

Ive been playing this phrase on it…

ge | dBcA BAGA | BAGA B2ge | dBcA BAGA | BGAF G |

Honeycomb Reel

X:6 is my own invention, I learned this tune ages ago from Ryan’s, where it’s called The Rowan Tree.