Sailor's Hornpipe

As played by Eck Robertson from the Texas region

Hornpipe in A

From the Eck Robertson Collection

2 files for this tune:

Melody-Only Transcription (PDF)


Field recording of Eck Robertson


Although Eck Robertson is well known as a superlative breakdown and ragtime fiddler, this tune shows that he was also a first-class hornpipe fiddler.  This superb three-part version of Sailor's Hornpipe is the best I've encountered.  In the recording, Robertson played the tune three times through.  The first and third times are fairly consistent, but he mixed and matched parts the second time through.  Seriously, if you like Sailor's Hornpipe, hornpipes in general, or just excellent fiddling, give this a try.

This tune is a member of the following groups:

Dr. Fiddle's Favorite Hornpipes

Sailor's Hornpipe

Texas Fiddle

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