The Cliffs hornpipe

Also known as Brown’s, The California Schottische, Cincinnati, The Cincinnati, Cliff’s, The Cliff, Fisherman’s Favorite, The Fisherman’s Favorite, Fisherman’s Favourite, The Fisherman’s Favourite, Fred Wilson’s, Fred Wilson’s Clog, Higgen’s, Higgens’, Higgin’s, Higgins’, The Ruby Lip, The Ruby, Wilson’s Clog.

There are 15 recordings of a tune by this name.

A tune by this name has been recorded together with Minnie Foster’s (a few times), Archie Menzie’s (a few times), Carnie’s Canter (a few times), Fisher’s (a few times) and Happy Go Lucky Clog (a few times).

The Cliffs has been added to 2 tune sets.

The Cliffs has been added to 93 tunebooks.

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Six settings

X: 1
T: The Cliffs
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
(3FED | DFAF DGBG | FAde fdAF | GBef gfgf | (3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE |
DFAF DGBG | FAde fdAF | GBef gfgf | (3efe dc d2 :||
(3Bcd | eA (3AAA FA (3AAA | (3efg fg eA (3AAA | (3efg fa gfgf | (3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE |
DFAF DGBG | FAde fdAF | GBef gfgf | (3efe dc d2 :||
X: 2
T: The Cliffs
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D>FA>F E>GB>G | F>Ad>e f<dA>F | G>Be>g F>Ad>f | (3ee/f/e (3dcB (3AA/B/A (3GFE |
D>F (3AGF E2 (3BAG | F>Ad>e f<dA<F | G>Bd<g (3fed (3edc | d2 A2 D2 :||
e>A (3A^GA f>A (3AGA | g>ef>d e>A (3A^GA | g>ef>d e>cd<f | (3efe d>B (3ABA G>E |
D2 A>F E>G (3GGG | F>d (3cde f<dA<F | G>Bd<g f>de<c | d2 (3edc d2 :||
X: 3
T: The Cliffs
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Dmaj
D>FA>F E>GB>G | F>Ad>A f>dA>F | G>Bd>c B>eg>f | (3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE |
D>FA>F E>GB>G | F>Ad>e f>dA>F | G>Bd>c B>ge>c | d2 d2 d2 :|
e>A 3(B/A/^G/ A f>A (3B/A/^G/ A | g>Af>A e>A (3B/A/^G/ A | g>Af>A e>Ad>f | (3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE |
D>FA>F E>GB>G | F>Ad>e f>dA>F | G>Bd>c B>ge>c | d2 d2 d2 :|
X: 4
T: The Cliffs
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
AG|FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb Acfa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb (3agf (3gfe|f2a2 f2:|
|:ef|gc (3ccc gcac|gcc=B c2ga|_bgaf gefa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb (3agf (3gfe|f2a2 f2:|
cA|FAcA FBdB|Acfc afcA|Bdgb Acfa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA FBdB|Acfc AfcA|Bdgb agfe|g2f2 f2:|
|:ef|gc (3ccc c2 ac|gc (3ccc c2ga|bgaf gefa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA FBdB|Acfc afcA|Bdgb agfe|g2f2 f2:|
AG|FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb Acfa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb agfe|g2f2 f2:|
|:ef|gc~c2 gcac|gccc c2ga|bgaf gefd|ecdB cABG|
FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb agfe|g2f2 f2:|
AG|FAcA FBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdfb Acfa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA FBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb (3agf (3gfe|f2a2 f2:|
|:ef|gc=Bc acBc|bgaf gc=Bc|bgaf gefa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA FBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb (3agf (3gfe|f2a2 f2:|
X: 5
T: The Cliffs
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
cA|FAcA GBdB|Acfg afcA|Bdgb Acfa|(3gag (3fed (3cdc (3BAG|
FAcA GBdB|Acfg afcA|Bdgf ecde|f2a2 f2:|
|:ef|gc (3ccc ac (3ccc|bcac gc (3ccc|bcac gfef|(3gag (3fed (3cdc (3BAG|
FAcA GBdB|Acfg afcA|Bdgf ecde|f2a2 f2:|
X: 6
T: The Cliffs
R: hornpipe
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
K: Fmaj
|: cA | FAcA GBdB | A<cfg afcA | Bdf<b dfba | (3gag (3fed (3cdc (3BAG |
FAcA GBdB | Acfg afcA | Bagf e<gce | f2 f<a f2 :|
|: ef | gc c/c/c ac c/c/c | bcac gc c/c/c | bcac gceg | (3fag (3fed (3cdc (3BAG |
FAcA GBdB | Acfg afcA | [1 Bagf e<gce | f2 f<a f2 :| [2 Bagf e<ceg | f2 fe f2 ||

Twenty comments

The Cliffs/Harvest Home Variation

This tune is a twist on the "Harvest Home", if your tired of the old standard this tune might be a nice alternative. I originally picked it up from a Charlie Lennon fiddle tutor video where he called it the "Harvest Home" but Bill Black told me it goes by "The Cliffs".
I was going over this tune with John Harvey last night & I figured he might want the dots. Instead of just Emailing him the abc’s I figured I’d just post it for all.

The Cliffs

Those should be high d’s at the end of each part. My bad.

Harvest Home /The Cliffs as a set

John Doherty plays the two together on the 1974 recording ‘The Celebrated Recordings’

BTW this tune goes back to the 19th century, and glancing at the Fiddler’s Companion, it looks like it is as well-documented back in time as "Harvest Home" is….

“Higgin’s Hornpipe” ~ Dow’s previous link…

Submitted on January 27th 2004 by gian marco.

Alright, so I’m slow. I know you’ve got it in for me. I didn’t make your ‘discussion’ go "POOF!" Also, I take back any aspersions I may have cast with regards to your baseball cap and the bacteria and fungi you’re cultivating there… :-P

“The Cliffs Hornpipe” ~ more distractions…

K: D Major
|: (3AA/G/F |
D>FA>F E>GB>G | F>Ad>e f<dA>F | G>Be>g F>Ad>f | (3ee/f/e (3dcB (3AA/B/A (3GFE |
D>F (3AGF E2 (3BAG | F>Ad>e f<dA<F | G>Bd<g (3fed (3edc | d2 A2 D2 :||
|: c>d |
e>A (3A^GA f>A (3AGA | g>ef>d e>A (3A^GA | g>ef>d e>cd<f | (3efe d>B (3ABA G>E |
D2 A>F E>G (3GGG | F>d (3cde f<dA<F | G>Bd<g f>de<c | d2 (3edc d2 :||

“Fred Wilson’s Clog Dance #1”

K: D Major
|: F>E |
D>FA>F E>GB>G | F>Ad>A f>dA>F | G>Bd>c B>eg>f | (3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE |
D>FA>F E>GB>G | F>Ad>e f>dA>F | G>Bd>c B>ge>c | d2 d2 d2 :|
|: cd |
e>A 3(B/A/^G/ A f>A (3B/A/^G/ A | g>Af>A e>A (3B/A/^G/ A | g>Af>A e>Ad>f | (3efe (3dcB (3ABA (3GFE |
D>FA>F E>GB>G | F>Ad>e f>dA>F | G>Bd>c B>ge>c | d2 d2 d2 :|

“The Cliff Hornpipe” ~ dropping thirds:

The following extracts are from the playing of Alistair Anderson, concertina, Northumbria, the first four measure of the A-part:

K: D Major
|: F>E |
D>FA>F D>GB>G | A>Fd>A f>dA>F |
G>Be>g F>Ad>f | (3efd (3cdB (3ABG (3FGE | ~

NOTE: this fourth bar of dropping thirds can also be the same for the fourth bar of the B-part. Here’s his ending for both parts:

| d2 f2 d2 :|

He also featured this tune in his highly recommended ~
"Concertina Workshop: Tutor for the English Concertina"
Page 19

“The Fiddler’s Tune-Book” ~ Peter Kennedy

ISBN: 1-899512-14-4
A Mally Production, 1994
http://www.mally.com/

Page 12, tune #36: "The Cliff / Ruby Hornpipe"

Peter’s transcription gives it a very ‘schottische’ swing to start off the B-part, that "duh-tuh, duh-tuh, dumm, dumm", I love it:

K: D Major
|: c>d |
e>cA>c e2 e2 | f>dA>d f2 f2 | ~

The Cliff Hornpipe

Thank you for your contributions ‘c’. I’ve never heard Alistair Anderson play this, but my setting’s very similar with those falling 3rds, only I play it in F, which plays nicely on my concertina. I’ve transcribed it without the skip to make it easier to read:

X: 1
T: The Cliff Hornpipe
C: James Hill
M: 4/4
L: 1/8
R: hornpipe
K: Fmaj
AG|FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb Acfa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb (3agf (3gfe|f2a2 f2:|
|:ef|gc (3ccc gcac|gcc=B c2ga|_bgaf gefa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb (3agf (3gfe|f2a2 f2:|

Here are some more versions in F I found on the net, again edited a bit by me to make them easier to read:

X: 2
T: The Cliff Hornpipe
C: James Hill
M: C
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
S: Honeyman – Strathspey, Reel and Hornpipe Tutor (1898)
Z: AK/Fiddler’s Companion
K: Fmaj
cA|FAcA FBdB|Acfc afcA|Bdgb Acfa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA FBdB|Acfc AfcA|Bdgb agfe|g2f2 f2:|
|:ef|gc (3ccc c2 ac|gc (3ccc c2ga|bgaf gefa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA FBdB|Acfc afcA|Bdgb agfe|g2f2 f2:|

X: 3
T: Anderson’s Hornpipe
C: James Hill
M: C
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
S: William & Robert Lister (compiled 1840-1860)
Z: Dow (abc)
K: Fmaj
AG|FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb Acfa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb agfe|g2f2 f2:|
|:ef|gc~c2 gcac|gccc c2ga|bgaf gefd|ecdB cABG|
FAcA GBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb agfe|g2f2 f2:|

X: 4
T: The Cliff Hornpipe
C: James Hill
M: C
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
S: John Baty (compiled 1840-1860)
Z: Dow (abc)
K: Fmaj
AG|FAcA FBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdfb Acfa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA FBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb (3agf (3gfe|f2a2 f2:|
|:ef|gc=Bc acBc|bgaf gc=Bc|bgaf gefa|(3gaf (3efd (3cdB (3ABG|
FAcA FBdB|cAfc afcA|Bdgb (3agf (3gfe|f2a2 f2:|

Here’s another one in F I found on JC’s:

X: 1
T: Fred Wilson’s Hornpipe
C: James Hill
M: C
L: 1/8
R: Hornpipe
S: Cole’s 1000 Fiddle Tunes (c1880)
K: Fmaj
cA|FAcA GBdB|Acfg afcA|Bdgb Acfa|(3gag (3fed (3cdc (3BAG|
FAcA GBdB|Acfg afcA|Bdgf ecde|f2a2 f2:|
|:ef|gc (3ccc ac (3ccc|bcac gc (3ccc|bcac gfef|(3gag (3fed (3cdc (3BAG|
FAcA GBdB|Acfg afcA|Bdgf ecde|f2a2 f2:|

Heh, heh, heh ~ I guessed you picked up that gauntlet big time ~

But what about additional points of humour? I’m not following it with a flood of D’s, as I was only after getting you to MEET YOUR RESPONSIBILITIES!? :-P

I do know what you mean about ‘F’, Anderson resorted to and taught certain cross fingerings for playing it in D…

Higgen’s

This is also called Higgen’s Hornpipe on the Mountain Road CD (Ossian OSSCD 84)

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ceolachan; ‘Cliff Hornpipe ~ dropping thirds ’
What dirty husseegull durst dropped tirds on this pretty Cliff?
Don’t get too close to the nests you’ll get bombarded! (Worst: the razorbills who live here are known to throw up fish glue on the unsuspecting passing session musician)
(If this doesn’t make you smile, it might help you remember the name of this tune…)

X:6 — “Paul Wilson’s Clog,” as played by Mike MacDougall

As played by the late Mike MacDougall on his "Tape for Father Hector." It’s the second tune in an Fmaj set of two clogs and a reel – Minnie Foster’s Clog (https://thesession.org/tunes/8116) going into this tune before closing with Archie Menzie’s Reel (https://thesession.org/tunes/10689).

The cadential action here is what sells me on MacDougall’s setting, and Mr. Donovan certainly colors the tune uniquely as well.

Some other recordings of this tune from Cape Breton artists include:
— Angus Chisholm, on "The Early Recordings" (https://thesession.org/recordings/3285)
— Joe Cormier, on "Old Time Wedding Reels" and "The North Atlantic Strings"
— Pius MacIsaac, on "Music from the Heart" (https://thesession.org/recordings/2622) – MacIsaac plays it in Amaj.
— Natalie MacMaster, on "Four on the Floor" (https://thesession.org/recordings/1892)

From Alan Snyder’s Cape Breton Fiddle Recording Index:
http://www.cbfiddle.com/rx/tune/t211.html

X:6 — accurate tune and recording links for the above comment

Link content doesn’t get distinguished from parentheses, so my apologies for all of the erroneous links above. Here are the correct links:

Minnie Foster’s Clog — https://thesession.org/tunes/8116
Archie Menzie’s Reel — https://thesession.org/tunes/10689

Angus Chisholm’s "The Early Recordings" — https://thesession.org/recordings/3285
Pius MacIsaac’s "Music from the Heart" — https://thesession.org/recordings/2622
Natalie MacMaster’s "Four on the Floor" — https://thesession.org/recordings/1892