Mudcat Café message #3083534 The Mudcat Café TM
Thread #135232   Message #3083534
Posted By: Desert Dancer
27-Jan-11 - 03:28 PM
Thread Name: Origins: The Fiddler [bluegrass] (Charlie Moore)
Subject: RE: Recordings of 'The Fiddler' bluegrass so
[made this post as I searched about, so it's a bit stream of consciousness!]

According to the Folk Index at, it is on these recordings:

When the Fiddler Has Play His Last Tune for the Night

   1. Carawan, Guy. Jubilee, June Appal JA 029, LP (1979), trk# B.08
   2. Mill Run Dulcimer Band. Sunday at the Mill, Lark LRLP 3094, LP (1980), trk# B.06

lyrics in the Digital Tradition

According to this memorial page for Vic Schwarz (a friend of Pete Seeger's who was active with the Clearwater), the song is "a romantic country waltz, probably from the 40's [or maybe much more recent], written and played by Charlie Moore." The attribution for Vic Schwarz shows up on one of those generic lyrics sites, but it may tie back to this post.

A second mention of Charlie Moore tied to the lyric (and not just the short title) is in a thread at

It's recorded on Charlie Moore and his Dixie Partners' 1975 album, The Fiddler.

You can hear a short (an maybe not entirely helpful) excerpt on this cdbaby page for a Janet Grace Rielh album (last track - #191).

Other people have recorded it, sometimes as "When the Fiddler has Played his Last Tune for the Night".

Here's a better clip: Hannes Wader & Friends, Folk Friends 1, 1978. Guy Carawan is one of this group.

~ Becky in Tucson