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MY LAST FALL. American, Quadrille (6/8 time). USA, southwestern Pa. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. The original source of this tune was 19th century black fiddler Joe Workman from Greene County, Pennsylvania. His fiddling was legendary in the area, and he was reportedly so stirring a dance fiddler he could "make an old cow dance". This was the only tune that Bayard could collect intact that can be attributed to his playing; Bayard thinks it sounds Irish and cites "Night at the Fair (A)" and "Galloping O'Hogan" as having similar sounding parts.

Source for notated version: Joe Workman via William Shape (Greene County, Pa., 1944) [Bayard].

Printed sources: Bayard (Dance to the Fiddle), 1981; No. 485, pp. 451-452.

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