I can’t believe there’s no comment on this fine little reel. It’s been widely recorded and I’ve only ever heard it played double. Some play it in D.
I sometimes think this reel might be the G major version of The Swallow’s Tail: https://thesession.org/tunes/105 The two tunes share similar structures and phrases.
There’s a nice version of this reel over on Comhaltaslive played by uilleann piper, Ryan Murphy at http://comhaltas.ie/music/detail/comhaltaslive_269_3_ryan_murphy_on_uilleann_pipes. I must admit I hadn’t heard it before and agree with Slainte that it has similarities to the Swallows Tail. It should work very well in a session situation.
See a slightly different setting of the tune over at http://media.comhaltas.ie/notation/cltunes/HoneymoonReel.pdf
This tune goes back a ways, showing up in Ryan’s Mammoth collection (1880’s) as ‘Honey-Moon — Reel’, and as ‘The Pure Drop’ in Levey’s Second Collection of the Dance Music of Ireland (1873).
Recorded on the 30th of march 2011 in John Murphys Colfers Pub in Carrig-on-Bannow
“The Honeymoon” - Something of a highland fling about it ~
“The Honeymoon” with bump & grind
T: Honeymoon, The
R: highland fling
B>G (3GGG D>G (3GGG | B>d (3def g>ed<c | B>G G2 D>G G2 | B<ed>B (3ABA (3edc |
B>G (3GGG D>G (3GGG | (3Bcd e>f g2 g>a | b>ga>f g2 (3fed | e>gd<B A2 ||
e2 e>f e>dB<A | (3Bcd e>f g>ed<c | B>G (3GGG D>G (3GGG | B<ed>B A2 B>d |
(3eee e>f e2 d>c | (3Bcd e>f g>fg>a | b2 (3agf g>fe>d | e<gd>B A2 |]
The midi will not play on the ipad
Kevin Crawford and Joey Abarta
Re: The Honeymoon
This tune is also known as Crocketts Honeymoon in Oldtime circles. There is a nice version here: