The Flowing Tide hornpipe

Also known as Anne Sheehy’s, Birmingham, The Birmingham, Bunch Of Ferns, Burke’s Hornpipe., Higgins Best, Seventh Regiment, The Picnic Reel, The Seventh Regiment, The Shyan.

There are 57 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with The Plains Of Boyle (a few times), The Crock Of Gold (a few times), The Fairies’ (a few times), Julia Delaney’s (a few times) and O’Mahony’s (a few times).

The Flowing Tide has been added to 12 tune sets.

The Flowing Tide has been added to 192 tunebooks.

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Three settings

X: 1
T: The Flowing Tide
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D |~G3 B dGBd |GBdg bgag |(3efg dg Bdge |dBAG edBA |
~G3 B dGBd |GBdg bgag |(3efg dg Bdge |dBAB G3 :|
|: D |GFGB AGED |gfge dBAG |(3cde Bd ABGB |cABG AG (3EFG |
DGBd B3 d |cABG AG (3EFG |DGBd gdBG |DGFA G3 :|
X: 2
T: The Flowing Tide
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Amaj
|: A2 A>c e>Ac>e | a>ce>a (3c’d'c' b>a | f>ae>a c>ea>f | e>cB>A F>AE>C |
A,2 A>c e>Ac>e | a>ce>a (3c’d'c' b>a | f>ae>a c>ef>e | c>eB>e A4 :|
|: A2 A>c B>AF>A | a>ga>f e>cB>A | d>fc>e B>dA>c | d>Bc>A B>AF>A |
E>Ac>e a>ce>a | d’>bc’>a b>af>a | e>ac>f e>d’b>g | a2 a2 a4 :|
X: 3
T: The Flowing Tide
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
G>DG>B d>G (3Bcd | G>Bd>g b>ga>g | (3efg d>g B>dg>e | d2 (3BAG e>dB>A |
G3 B d>GB>d | G>Bd>g b>ga>g | (3efg dg Bdge | dBAB G3 :|
G>FG>B A>GE>D | g>fg>e d>BA>B | c>dB>c A>BG>B | (3cBA B>G A>G (3EFG |
D>GB>d B3 d | (3cBA B>G A>G (3EFG | D>G (3Bcd g>dB>G | D>G (3FGA G3 :|

Eight comments

The Flowing Tide

Also known round these parts as the Floating Turd, perhaps a comment on the Severn Estury. Despite this it’s a lovely tune, the Kilbride Brothers do a nice slow version; we do an equally competent version preceded by the Home Ruler.

Flowing Tide

The version now played is a key-of-G setting of the original one in A major, which requires a shift to a higher postion on the fiddle and is not easily played by BC button accordionists, flute players or concertina players.

The most elaborate printed version is "The Seventh Regiment" in Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, which attributes it to the 19th-century fiddler Conn Higgins. O’Neill borrowed it and changed the name to "Higgins’ Best." The Seventh Regiment was a National Guard regiment based in New York and supported by the city’s wealthier uptown element (as opposed to the downtown, working-class Irish 69th Regiment).

T:The Seventh Regiment - - - tapping sources

M:4/4
L:1/8
R: hornpipe (swingin’ as given) / reel
S: Ryan’s Mammoth Collection, 1883
- indirectly, where it was listed in 2/4 time as a ‘reel’
K: Amaj
|: A2 A>c e>Ac>e | a>ce>a (3c’d’c’ b>a | f>ae>a c>ea>f | e>cB>A F>AE>C |
A,2 A>c e>Ac>e | a>ce>a (3c’d’c’ b>a | f>ae>a c>ef>e | c>eB>e A4 :|
|: A2 A>c B>AF>A | a>ga>f e>cB>A | d>fc>e B>dA>c | d>Bc>A B>AF>A |
E>Ac>e a>ce>a | d’>bc’>a b>af>a | e>ac>f e>d’b>g | a2 a2 a4 :|

Set

This is good in a set with the Flowers of Edinburgh

I think this makes a better reel than hornpipe - you don’t need to make many adjustments for it to work. I like my hornpipes to sound like hornpipes, I’m afraid.

“The Flowing Tide”

X: 3
T: Flowing Tide, The
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Gmaj
|: D |\
G>DG>B d>G (3Bcd | G>Bd>g b>ga>g | (3efg d>g B>dg>e | d2 (3BAG e>dB>A |
G3 B d>GB>d | G>Bd>g b>ga>g | (3efg dg Bdge | dBAB G3 :|
|: D |\
G>FG>B A>GE>D | g>fg>e d>BA>B | c>dB>c A>BG>B | (3cBA B>G A>G (3EFG |
D>GB>d B3 d | (3cBA B>G A>G (3EFG | D>G (3Bcd g>dB>G | D>G (3FGA G3 :|

~ | (3efg dg B>dg>e | d>BA>B G3 :|

Still fucntioning in an exhausted state, bars 7 & 8, I missed the > ~ :-/

this Hornpipe almost deserves to be a reel