First Western Change

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FIRST WESTERN CHANGE. Canadian, Jig. G Major ('A' part) & D Major ('B' part). Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune shares at least the first strain (which Bayard {1981} thinks is "rather old") with "Rustic Reel (1)," "Libby Prison Quickstep," "City Guards," "O Dear Mother My Toes Are Sore (2)."

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Messer (Way Down East), 1948; No. 78. Messer (Anthology of Favorite Fiddle Tunes), 1980; No. 136, p. 88.

Recorded sources: Apex AL 1613, "The Best of Don Messer and his Islanders, vol. 6." F&W Records 1, "F&W String Band." Fretless Records 119, Rodney and Randy Miller-- "Castles in the Air." Wendy MacIsaac - "The 'Reel' Thing."

See also listing at:
Hear Don Messer's recording at Ted McGraw's site [1] (followed by "Old Red Barn Jig").

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