The Ebb Tide hornpipe

Also known as Ebb Tide, The Ebb Tide March, The Ebbtide, The Neap Tide.

There are 12 recordings of a tune by this name.

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

The Ebb Tide has been added to 44 tunebooks.

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Five settings

X: 1
T: The Ebb Tide
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dc|BdAB GABc|d2 GG G2 bg|fdcA BcdB|cABG =F2 dc|
(3BdB (3ABA GABc|defd gdge|fdcB ceAc|(3BdB GG G2:|
|:ga|bgdG gGdG|DGBd gdbg|aBcA =fAcA|D=FcF fFeF|
BdAB GABc|defd gdge|fdcB ceAc|(3BdB GG G2:|
ABC
X: 2
T: The Ebb Tide
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|B/^c/B AB GAB=c|~d2 {A}GF G2 bg|fdcB cedB|cBAG =F3 A|
BdAB GABc|d2 fd gfdB|cBAG AeAc|1 B/^c/B GF G3 A:|2 B/^c/B GF G3 a||
bgdG gGdG|d2 Bd ga~ag|aB c/B/A eAcA|eAcA eAcA|
B/^c/B AB GAB=c|defd gfdB|cBAG AeAc|1 B/^c/B GF G3 a:|2 B/^c/B GF G3 A||
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ABC
X: 3
T: The Ebb Tide
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
dc|B/c/B AB GABc|d2 GF G2 bg|fdcB cedB|c/B/A BG =F2 Bc|
B/c/B AB G2 A/B/c|dgfa ~g3a|f/e/d cB cedc|1 B/c/B GF G2 Bc:|2 B/c/B GF G2 ga||
bgdB gdBG|DGBd gabg|aAcA =fAcA|D=FcF dFcF|
B/c/B AB GABc|dgfa ~g3a|f/e/d cB cedc|1 B/c/B AF G2 ga:|2 B/c/B AF GAdc||
# Added .
ABC
X: 4
T: The Ebb Tide
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmin
|: d>c |B>dA>B G>AB>c | d2 G2 G2 b>g | f>dc>A B>cd>B | c>A (3BAG F2 d>c |
B2 A>B G2 (3ABc | d>=e (3fed g2 g>e | f>dc>B c>eA>c | B2 G2 G2 :|
|: (3fga |b>gd>G g>Gd>G | D>G (3Bcd g>db>g | a>Bc>A f>Ac>A | D>Fc>F f>Fe>F |
(3Bcd A>B G2 (3ABc | d>=ef>d g>dg>e | f>dc>B c>eA>c | (3BdB G2 G2 :|
ABC
X: 5
T: The Ebb Tide
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:dc|BcAB GABc|d2G2G2 bg|fdcA BcdB |cABG =F2dc|
|BcAB GABc | defd gfge | fdcA BdAc | B2G2G2:|
|:ga|bgdB gdBG | DGBd gdbg | aBcA =fAcA| =FAcA =fAcA|
BcAB GABc | defd gfge | fdcA BdAc | B2G2G2:|
ABC

Eight comments

This is a related to the Scottish pipe march, The Inverness Gathering:

M:4/4
K:Amix
e>c|\
d>c B>c A>B c>A|a2e2 e2(3def|\
g2B>A G>A(3BAG|g2d2 d2e>d|\
d>c B>c A>B c>A|a2e2 e2a2|\
g>e d>B G>B d>B|e2A2 A2::\
g2|\
a>e c>e a>e c>e|a2e2 e2f2|\
g>a g>f g>a g>e|d>c B>A G>A B>d|\
(3cBA a>A (3cBA a>A|a2e2 e2a2|\
g>e d>B G>B d>B|e2A2 A2::\
c2|\
(3AAAa2 (3AAA a2|(3AAA a>g e2d>B|\
(3GGG g2 (3GGG g2|(3GGG g>e d2B>G|\
(3AAA a2 (3AAA a2|(3AAA a>f e2a2|\
g>e d>B G>B d>B|e2A2 A2:|

Ebb Tide

Also recorded by Seamus Egan and the late John Kelly.(Not on the same recording ! ).

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I’ve just had a listen to Seamus Egan’s recording of the Ebb Tide. Here’s a transcription of the first time through.

X: 1
T: Ebb Tide, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: G
dc|B/^c/B AB GAB=c|~d2 {A}GF G2 bg|fdcB cedB|cBAG =F3 A|
BdAB GABc|d2 fd gfdB|cBAG AeAc|1 B/^c/B GF G3 A:|2 B/^c/B GF G3 a||
bgdG gGdG|d2 Bd ga~ag|aB c/B/A eAcA|eAcA eAcA|
B/^c/B AB GAB=c|defd gfdB|cBAG AeAc|1 B/^c/B GF G3 a:|2 B/^c/B GF G3 A||

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Teada’s Ebb Tide

And yet another setting, from Teada:

X: 1
T: Ebb Tide, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
D: Teada, Inne Amarach
K: G
dc|B/c/B AB GABc|d2 GF G2 bg|fdcB cedB|c/B/A BG =F2 Bc|
B/c/B AB G2 A/B/c|dgfa ~g3a|f/e/d cB cedc|1 B/c/B GF G2 Bc:|2 B/c/B GF G2 ga||
bgdB gdBG|DGBd gabg|aAcA =fAcA|D=FcF dFcF|
B/c/B AB GABc|dgfa ~g3a|f/e/d cB cedc|1 B/c/B AF G2 ga:|2 B/c/B AF GAdc||

Posted .

It’s on Sarah Blair’s Flower of the Red Mill CD in G with some F naturals

F naturals

Without the Fn’s the tune loses a lot of its charm.

My setting of the Ebb Tide

This is the only way the tune made sense to me on the flute. When I started to play it on the fiddle, this is the setting that I used. I hope people find it useful. Sarah plays it fast, pretty much as a reel, and I think it loses some of its swing - great as she is. I like to take my time with the tune and swing it, as a hornpipe.