Peeler-Creek

Peeler Creek is an American waltz collected by folk musician Kenny Hall when he was a young man in Texas in the 1930s. It has been recorded numerous times, A printed version appears in Bill Matthiesen’s, “The Waltz Book Vol. 2” as well as Stacy Phillip’s “American Fiddle Tunes, Vol 2”. Players in Ireland play it as a mazurka, a kind of bouncy fast-paced tune in waltz tempo.. Their source is often a recording by Clare fiddler Joe Ryan, “An Buachaill Dreoite”. Ryan comments he learned it from a recording of California fiddler Sue Draheim. Good tunes do a lot of traveling. The key change from G to Em seems especially pleasing. I can’t recall where I learned this tune, but have played it for many years.

— George Fowler

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