The Honeymoon reel

Also known as Bearna Ghaoithe, The Haypenny, The Honeymoon Highland Fling, Maid That Left The County, The Maid That Left The County, The Maid Who Left The Country, The Maid Who Left The County, Neil Rooney’s, The Pure Drop, Rooney’s.

There are 48 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Fermoy Lasses (a few times), The Limestone Rock (a few times), The Connemara Stockings (a few times), Devanny’s Goat (a few times) and Down The Broom (a few times).

The Honeymoon has been added to 14 tune sets.

The Honeymoon has been added to 200 tunebooks.

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Two settings

X: 1
T: The Honeymoon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc | BGGG DGGG | B/2c/2d ef gedc |BGGG DGGG | BedB A2 dc |
BGGG DGGG | B/2c/2d ef ggga | bgaf gfed | egdB A2 Bd |
eeef edBA | B/2c/2d ef gedc | BGGG DGGG | BedB A2 Bd |
eeef edBA | (3Bcd ef ggga | bgaf gfed | egdB A4 |
X: 2
T: The Honeymoon
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
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 |]

Eleven comments

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.

The Honeymoon

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.

Sources

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).

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“The Honeymoon” with bump & grind

X: 2
T: Honeymoon, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: highland fling
K: Gmaj
d>c |\
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 ||
(3Bcd |\
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 |]

Midi

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