The Ebb Tide reel

Also known as The Dash To Portobello, Sean Ryan’s.

There are 14 recordings of this tune.

The Ebb Tide has been added to 3 tune sets.

The Ebb Tide has been added to 55 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Ebb Tide
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
d^c|:BE~E2 {G}EDB,A,|D2FE DA,~A,2|B,EED EFGA|{d}B2eB dBAc|
{a}g2eg bgeg|f2df afdf|{a}g2eg bgeg|fedB e3d|
{a}g2eg bgeg|f2df afdf|eB{d}BA ~B3^c|d^cdf e2ef|
gbeg begb|{a}f2df afdf|g2eg bgeg|fedB e3f|
{a}g2eg bgeg|f2df afdf|eB{D}BA ~B3^c|d^cdf e2d^c|
# Added by Mikea .
X: 2
T: The Ebb Tide
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Emin
d^c|:BE E2 EDBA|D2FE DA A2|BEED EFGA|B2 e^c dBA=c|
|:g2 eg bgeg|f2 df afdf|g2 eg bgeg|fgaf ge e2|
|g3a bgeg|fd d2 Adfd| g3a bgaf| gfed Bdef|
gbeg begb|f2df afdf|g2eg bgeg|fgaf ge e2|
g2eg bgeg|fd d2 Adfd| g3a bgaf| gfed BdAF||
# Added by JACKB .
X: 3
T: The Ebb Tide
R: reel
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Edor
|:B~E3 EFFE|D2FE D~A3|BEED EFGA|B/c/d eB dBA=c|
fgeg bgeg|~f3g afdf|fgeg bgeg|fedf ~e3d|
~g3a bgeg|~f3g afd2|eBBA ~B3c|dcdf ~e4|
gbeg ~b3e|~f3g afd2|~g3a bgeg| fedf ~e3f|
gbeg begb|~f3g afd2| e2BA ~B3c|dcdf e2dc|

Nine comments

Ebb Tide

I first heard this tune when I was given as a christmas present Peter Horan and
Fred Finn’s recording, ‘Music of Sligo.’ This was a Comhaltas Ceoltoiri Eireann
recording released in 1988, some tracks were recorded in Dublin, and some came
from archive recordings dating back as far as 1959. Tragically Fred Finn died in
January 1986 whilst this album was being put together. There are many great tunes
on this album but I always thought the ‘Ebb Tide’ was something special.
Good Luck.

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Sounds like "Sean Ryan

Ebb Tide

Sean Ryan’s tunebook "The Hidden Ireland" has this reel listed as "The Dash to Portobello".

Just a point of clarification. The tune as transcribed is not the same tune that is played on the Tommy Keane/Jackie McCarthy CD that is listed. That is an entirely different tune in G, hornpipe, and can be found in Breandan Breathnach’s "Folk Music and Dances of Ireland" (I’m not sure which volume).

This tune is indeed Sean Ryan’s composition "Dash to Portobello", which is also listed at

The other "Ebb Tide" is a hornpipe composed by James Hill.

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Re: The Ebb Tide

Ebb Tide is names Sean Ryan’s on Fire Aflame.

The Ebb Tide: others recordings

There are at least two tiers recording of this tune:
- Patrick Street, Corneboys Album, 1996, played in set Killaman’s Fancy/The Dash To Portabello/Anna Maculeen (Reels)
- Catherine McEvoy, Caoimhín Ó Raghallaigh, Mícheál Ó Raghallaigh, 2010, Album Comb Your Hair & Curl It, last set, Larkin’s Beehive, Road To Lisdoonvarna, The Dash To Portobello

The Ebb Tide additional ones

There are much more recording , please found two others one of this great tune..
- Deanta.. Ready for the Storm, within the last set: The Rocky Reels: The Lilac Reel/Sean Ryan’s / Star Of Munster/The Maid From The Bronx
- Peter Horan and Gerry Harrington. from the The Merry Love to Play album , Sean Ryan’s / The Blackthorn Stick / The Green Groves.

The Ebb Tide, X:3

Steph Geremia (at 1:12)