X:1 T:Sweet Larry, Q(uick) Step N:A member of the large "Groom" tune family M:6/8 L:1/8 R:Quickstep N:The fourth measure 2nd strain is garbled in the ms. S:Thomas Nixon Jr./Joseph Long copybook (c. 1776-78, p. 66) Z:AK/Fiddler’s Companion K:G G/A/|BGB BGB|AFA AFA|BdB cAF|GGG G2:| |:g3 e3|ded dBG|g3e2a| ABA A3| g3e3|ded dBG|BdB cAF|GAG G2:|
SWEET LARRY, Q. STEP. American, March (6/8 time). G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AABB. The tune is a member of a large Irish tune family, for which see "Groom." The march was also entered into the c. 1776-1778 music copybook of fifer Thomas Nixon Jr. (1762-1842), of Framingham, Connecticut. Nixon was a thirteen-year-old who accompanied his father to the battles of Lexington and Concord, and who served in the Continental army in engagements in and around New York until 1780, after which he returned home to build a house in Framingham. The copybook appears to have started by another musician, Joseph Long, and to have come into Nixon’s possession.