X:1 T:Crockett's Honeymoon N:From the playing of fiddlers John Crockett Sr. and son N:George playing with Crockett Family Mountaineers. N:The tune was the middle of a medley, with "Old Molly Hare," N: "Wild Horse," "Soldier's Joy" and "Arkansas Traveler'," recorded N:in Los Angeles, Nov. 1928, as "Medley of Old-Time Dance Tunes Part I." M:C| L:1/8 R:Reel D:Brunswick 291 (78 RPM). Crockett Family Mountaineers (1928) D:Yazoo 2200, Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers - Kentucky D:Mountain Music, vol. 3 (2003) D:https://www.slippery-hill.com/recording/crocketts-honeymoon Z:Transcribed by Andrew Kuntz K:G dc|BA G2GDGA|Bdef gedc|BA G2 GDGA|BcdB A2dc| BAGD GDGA|Bdef g3a|bbaa gded|1BcdB A2:|2BcdB G4|| |:[de]-[e2e2]f [e2e2]de-|edef gedB|G2[G2B2] BGBG|BGeg e2e2| [de]-[e2e2]f [e2e2]d2|edef g2ga|bbaa gded|BGAF G4:|]
CROCKETT'S HONEYMOON. AKA - "George Ainley's Tune." AKA and see "Honeymoon Reel (1)," "Maid Who Left the Mountains (The)." Old-Time, Breakdown. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB (Songer): AA'BB' (Phillips). The name "Crockett's Honeymoon" (or, sometimes, "Crockett's Wedding") appears to have originated in the 1970's, attached (perhaps by George Ainley) to an untitled tune contained in a medley on a 1920's recording by Crockett's Kentucky Mountaineers. The alternate title "George Ainley's Tune" comes from the recording by the Fat Meat Boys. A similar American tune is "Maid Who Left the Mountains (The)," which may be the original ancestor to these variants. It has a similar title to the Irish reel called "Maid Who Left the County (1) (The)," which itself has a cognate tune entitled "Honeymoon Reel (2) (The)". "Honeymoon Reel (1)", a close variant of the Irish "Honeymoon Reel (2) (The)" was printed as long ago as 1883 in the Boston, Massachusetts, publication Ryan's Mammoth Collection. The "Maid" and "Honeymoon" titles thus appear to weave in and out of each other in both Irish and American tradition. See also the cognate "Lady Mary Drummond's Reel" from Alexander's 50 New Scotch & Irish Reels & Hornpipe (c. 1826).