Mona’s Delight reel

Also known as Ben Jee, The Bonnie Grand March, Eunyssagh Vona, The Goddesses.

There are 7 recordings of a tune by this name.

Mona’s Delight has been added to 1 tune set.

Mona's Delight has been added to 16 tunebooks.

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Four settings

X: 1
T: Mona's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
D2|G2 GA B2 AG | FGAB c2 BA | G2 GB d2 BG | FADA FADA |
G2 GA B2 AG | FGAB c2 BA | BdBG AcAF | G2 GF GABc |
d2 dc Bc d2 | c2 cB AB c2 | B2 BA GA B2 | AGFE DEFD |
B2 BA GA B2 | c2 cB AB c2 | BAGB AGFA | G2 GF G2 ||
X: 2
T: Mona's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D2 | G2 GA B2 AG | A2 AB c2 BA | G2 GB d2 BG | FA D2 FA D2 |
G2 GA B2 AG | AGAB c2 BA | BdBG AcAF | G2 G2 G2 :|
|: Bc | d2 dc Bc d2 | c2 cB AB c2 | B2 BA GABG | AGFE DEFD |
B2 BA GA B2 | c2 cB ABcA | BAGB AGFA | G2 G2 G2 :|
X: 3
T: Mona's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|: D2 | G2 GA B2 AG | A3B c2 BA | G3B d2 BG | FA D2 FA D2 |
G2 GA B2 AG | AGAB c2 BA | BdBG (3ABc AF | G2 GF G2 :|
|: Bc | d2 dc Bc d2 | c2 cB AB c2 | B3A GABG | AGFE DEFD |
B3A GA B2 | c2 cB ABcA | (3Bcd BG (3ABc AF | G2 GF G2 :|
# Added by JACKB .
X: 4
T: Mona's Delight
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:GGGA B2 AG | AAAB c2 BA | GGGB d2 AG |FADA FADA |
GGGA B2 AG | AAAB c2 BA |BdBG AcAF |1 G2 GF G2 DE:|2 G2 GF GABc ||
|:d2 dc BcdB | c2 cB ABcA | B2 BA GABG |AGFE DEFD |
B2 BA GABG | c2 cB ABcA | BdBG AcAF |1 G2 GF GABc :|2G2 GF G4|]

Eleven comments

Eunyssagh Vona

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.

https://thesession.org/recordings/1688

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.

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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.

Mona’s Delight, X:2

Setting as played at the Golden Guinea pub session, Bristol, UK.

Eunyssagh Vona, X:3

Lovely tune.

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Re: Mona’s Delight

I have reversed the names, as the Manx name doesn’t actually make any sense in Manx, and is a clear mistranslation from the English.

Re: Gan Ainm

Carlos Nunez got this from "The Chieftains". It’s a march from the North of Ireland.

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Re: Gan Ainm

I should correct the above to "it’s PLAYED as a march in the North of Ireland", as that may not be its’ origin.
It’s already been posted here : https://thesession.org/tunes/13105

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Re: Gan Ainm

This is a tune from the Isle of Man which I know as "Mona’s Delight" from the playing of Dave Swarbrick. I’m pretty sure it’s here already. I’ll just ahve a look… Yup: https://thesession.org/tunes/13105

[Edit] Ah, I see I’m following in Kenny’s footsteps again.

Re: Mona’s Delight

Mona being one of the names for the Isle of Man, along with "Ellan Vannin".