The Factory Smoke hornpipe

Also known as The Brown Coffin, The Ebb Tide, Factory Smoke, The Tide Come In, The Tide Comes In, The Tide Coming In, When The Tide Comes In.

There are 24 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The New Century (a few times).

The Factory Smoke has been added to 120 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Factory Smoke
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:B>A|G>FE>D E>FG>A|B2 E2 E2 f>e|d>cB>A G>AB>G|(3ABA (3GFE D2 B>A|
G>FE>D E>FG>A|B>e^d>f e2 e>=d|c>BA>G A>cB>A|1G2 E2 E2:|2G2 E2 E2||
|:e>f|g>eB>G e>BG>E|B,>EG>B e>Bg>e|f>dA>F d>AF>D|A,>DF>A B>AG>F|
G>FE>D E>FG>A|B>e^d>f e2 e>B|c>BA>G A>cB>A|1G2 E2 E2:|2G2 E2 E2||
ABC
X: 2
T: The Factory Smoke
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
dc |: BAGF GABc | d2 GF Gbag | f2 dc BcdB | cBAG F2 dc |
| BAGF GABc | dg (3fga ~g3d | edcB cedc | 1 B2 G2 G2 dc :|
|2 B2 G2 G2 z2||
|: bgdB gdBG | DGBd gbag | afcA fcAF | CFAc fcAc |
|BAGF GABc | dg (3ggf g2 zd | edcB cedc |1 B2 G2 G2 z2 :|
|2 B2 G2 G2 dc ||
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ABC
X: 3
T: The Factory Smoke
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
dc|BAG^F GABc|d2G2 G2bg|fedc BcdB|(3cdc (3BAG Fedc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB ceAc|B2G2 G2:|
|:ga|bgdB gdBG|DGBd gdbg|afcA fcAF|CFAc fcAc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB ceAc|B2G2 G2:|
dc|BAG^F GABc|d2G2 G2bg|fedc BcdB|(3cdB (3ABG Fedc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB ceAc|B2G2 G2:|
|:ga|bgdB gdBG|DGBd gdbg|afcA fcAF|CFAc fcAc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB ceAc|B2G2 G2:|
dc|BAG^F GABc|d2G2 G2bg|fedc BcdB|(3cdB (3ABG F2dc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa g2g=f|edcB cdAc|B2G2 G2:|
|:ga|bgdB gdBG|DGBd gabg|afcA fcAF|CFAc fcAc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB cdAc|B2G2 G2:|
ABC
X: 4
T: The Factory Smoke
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
dc|BAG^F GABc|d2G2 G2bg|fedc BcdB|(3cdB (3ABG F2dc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa g2g=f|edcB cdAc|B2G2 G2:|
|:ga|bgdB gdBG|DGBd gabg|afcA fcAF|CFAc fcAc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa g2g=f|edcB cdAc|B2G2 G2:|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Factory Smoke
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
|:B>A|G>FE>D E>FG>A|B2 E2 E2 f>e|d>cB>A G>AB>G|AGFE D2 B>A|
G>FE>D E>FG>A|B>e^d>f e2 e>B|c>BA>G A>cB>A|1G2 E2 E2:|2G2 E2 E2||
|:e>f|g>eB>G e>BG>E|B>EG>B e>Bg>e|f>dA>F d>AF>D|A>DF>A B>AG>F|
G>FE>D E>FG>A|B>e^d>f e2 e>B|c>BA>G A>cB>A|1G2 E2 E2:|2G2 E2 E2||
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Twelve comments

Factory Smoke

I got this tune from guitarist Tony Cuffe some years ago. First time I’ve seen it in Em -Gm is the more "normal key", in my experience. I’m sure it’s in one of the "Kerr" books as "When The Tide Comes In". Martin Hayes has it as "The Brown Coffin". There’s a major key version called "The Ebb Tide", which has been recorded by the late John Kelly Snr and also Seamus Egan. This particular posted version looks very similar to that particular version. It’s a great tune in all it’s settings, and one of the few I do try on the flute in Gm. Nice post, jocklet.

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Hayes’s version, The Brown Coffin, from his first eponymous cd, "Martin Hayes" is in Gm, a favored key among many Clare and East Galway musicians. It goes as follies the first time round:

T: The Brown Coffin
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gm
dc |: BAGF GABc | d2 GF Gbag | f2 dc BcdB | cBAG F2 dc |
| BAGF GABc | dg (3fga ~g3d | edcB cedc | 1 B2 G2 G2 dc :|
|2 B2 G2 G2 z2||
|: bgdB gdBG | DGBd gbag | afcA fcAF | CFAc fcAc |
|BAGF GABc | dg (3ggf g2 zd | edcB cedc |1 B2 G2 G2 z2 :|
|2 B2 G2 G2 dc ||

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The Factory Smoke Hornpipe

I have this tune from a book ,W;C Honeyman’s "Strathspey,Reel And Hornpipe Tutor",published in 1898.It contains some unusual hornpipes,some in flat keys,that I’ve never heard in sessions or on record.I transposed The Factory Smoke Hornpipe,it’s in Bflat in the book.I can post that version if you like,it gives the tune a whole different character.There’s even an Eflat version of the Trumpet Hornpipe.It’s a fascinating book,,Honeyman distinguishes between three styles of hornpipe bowing,namely,the sailor’s hornpipe style,the newcastle style and the sand dance style.I’ve never met a fiddler who knows these styles or has even heard of them.I certainly haven’t. David Meredith (alias Jocklet)

Good Tune!
being a flute player, I prefer the version in Emin.

An old Tune

A good version in G minor is in Sean McGuire and Josie Keegan`s book from 1975-Irish tunes by the hundred.

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James Hill

This tune is often attributed to James Hill, who was one of the pioneers of the modern4/4 hornpipe and wrote most of his tunes in ‘flat’ keys. He was a resident of Gateshead on the river Tyne (having moved there from Dundee as a child). He was seemingly very prolific and a bit of a local legend in the 1800s - and still is in a way. The Factory Smoke was found in a couple of his manuscripts - which doesn’t necessarily mean he wrote it… Suits his style though. It’s a great tune. Incedentally, Sean Maguire wrote the famous variations for another Hill tune - The Beeswing (Bb!!!)

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From the Fiddler’s Companion: "The tune is sometimes attributed to Tyneside fiddler and composer James Hill (it is included in Graham Dixon’s 1987 book of Hill compositions, The Lads Like Beer), but the attribution is conjectural. The Charlton Memorial Tune Book (1956) attributes an E minor version of the tune (called “When the Tide Comes in”) to one Jack Davidson."

That would be Jack "Kielder Jock" Davidson, presumably.

When The Tide Comes In

X: 1
T: The Tide Come In
C: James Hill?
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
S: John Baty Ms. (1840-1860)
K: Gmin
dc|BAG^F GABc|d2G2 G2bg|fedc BcdB|(3cdc (3BAG Fedc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB ceAc|B2G2 G2:|
|:ga|bgdB gdBG|DGBd gdbg|afcA fcAF|CFAc fcAc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB ceAc|B2G2 G2:|

X: 1
T: When The Tide Comes In
C: James Hill?
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
S: John Nichol Ms. (1840-1860)
N: This version is identical to the one in the John Baty Ms except for triplet passage
K: Gmin
dc|BAG^F GABc|d2G2 G2bg|fedc BcdB|(3cdB (3ABG Fedc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB ceAc|B2G2 G2:|
|:ga|bgdB gdBG|DGBd gdbg|afcA fcAF|CFAc fcAc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB ceAc|B2G2 G2:|

X: 1
T: The Tide Coming In
C: James Hill?
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
S: William Hall Lister Ms. (1840-1860)
K: Gmin
dc|BAG^F GABc|d2G2 G2bg|fedc BcdB|(3cdB (3ABG F2dc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa g2g=f|edcB cdAc|B2G2 G2:|
|:ga|bgdB gdBG|DGBd gabg|afcA fcAF|CFAc fcAc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa gfgd|edcB cdAc|B2G2 G2:|

Sorry, typo in the 3rd transcription:

X: 1
T: The Tide Coming In
C: James Hill?
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
S: William Hall Lister Ms. (1840-1860)
K: Gmin
dc|BAG^F GABc|d2G2 G2bg|fedc BcdB|(3cdB (3ABG F2dc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa g2g=f|edcB cdAc|B2G2 G2:|
|:ga|bgdB gdBG|DGBd gabg|afcA fcAF|CFAc fcAc|
BAG^F GABc|dg^fa g2g=f|edcB cdAc|B2G2 G2:|

Also in Dm

In Randy Miller’s tunebook, The Fiddler’s Throne, this tune appears in Dm, and lays very well on the fiddle in that key. He titles it "The Tide Comes In", and attributes James Hill as the composer. I like to follow it up with The Golden Eagle at a slightly brisker tempo - they make a nice pair.

just listening to this one for the first time now… a lovely tune. I just wish it weren’t syncopated on the sheet music already.