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X:1 T:Honey Moon, The T:Honeymoon [3], The M:2/4 L:1/8 R:Country Dance N:”A Favorite Country Dance B:John Pringle – A Second Collection of Strathspeys, Reels & Jiggs &c. (c. 1805) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:D Addd|dffa|gfed|ce A2| Addd|dffa|{a}gfge|d2-d2:| |:d>A {BAG}A2|G>d {edc}d2|AFED|CE {FE^D}E2| d>A {BAG}A2|G>d {edc}de|f>ge>f|d2-d2:|]

HONEYMOON [3], THE. AKA - "Honey Moon." Scottish, English; Country Dance, Reel. D Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. Composition credited to Jas. Young by Kerr. Young is identified by Barry Callaghan (2007) as the son of a fiddle maker in Montrose and leader of the Aberdeen Theatre Royal orchestra. However, he was not born until 1815 and manuscript appearances of the melody predate his birth. For example, it appears in the music manuscript book of pianist Ann Winnington (New York, 1810) and Mary Richards (Wales, 1787, appearing as "Mis Mel"). It can also be found in the 19th century English musicians' manuscript collections of James Haslingden (Midlands?, 1827), Docker, John Hall (Northumberland, 1833), Richard Pyle (Nether Wallop, Hampshire, 1822), William Calvert (Leyburn, north Yorkshire, 1812), Rev. Robert Harrison (Brampton, Cumbria, 1820), the Welch family manuscripts (Bosham, Sussex), and an anonymous manuscript from Carlisle, Cumbria, of 1810. The tune is contained in the 19th century Joseph Kershaw Manuscript. Kershaw was a fiddle player who lived in the remote area of Slackcote, Saddleworth, North West England, who compiled his manuscript from 1820 onwards, according to Jamie Knowles. The country dance tune was also entered into the Woburn (Mass.) Fife Manuscript, a ms. collection inscribed with the the name Seth Johnson and "Woburn. April 20th day, 1807. I Bought this Book, 5:3." Entries were made between 1807 and as late as 1840.

Additional notes

Printed sources : - Anderson (Anderson's Budget of Strathspeys, Reels & Country Dances), c. 1820; p. 5. Callaghan (Hardcore English), 2007; p. 37. Elias Howe (Musician’s Omnibus Nos. 6 & 7), Boston, 1880-1882; p. 623. Two New Strathspeys and a Reel, composed by M. Keith, Glasgow, c. 1860, p. 3. Kerr (Merry Melodies, vol. 2), c. 1880's; No. 146, p. 17. Knowles (The Joseph Kershaw Manuscript), 1993; No. 44. Pringle (A Second Collection of Strathspeys, Reels & Jiggs &c.), c. 1805. Stewart-Robertson (The Athole Collection), 1884; p. 118. Wilson (Companion to the Ballroom), 1816; p. 111.

Recorded sources : - EFDSS CD13, Nic and Mary Barber - "Hardcore English" (2007. Various artists).

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