Yesterday, I posted a challenge that the first one on Facebook to respond correctly to the question: “What is a Sally Growler?” would have today’s tune dedicated to them. And, Kerry Varble was the Winner saying that a Sally Growler is an ugly fish. Greg Fisher got a second place win (sorry, no prize for second place) by telling me that a Growler is a refillable beer container.
So, as the winner of the Sally Growler contest, Kerry got to pick today’s tune. She picked Peaches and Honey, and she wanted me to call it Peaches and Honey instead of Peaches and Cream. Personally, I think that peaches are sweet enough on their own, and I would rather have cream on my peaches than honey, but since she won, I gave her the naming choice honor as well.
Kerry claimed that Norman Soloman played the heck out of this tune, which I believe because Kerry knows her fiddling. The version of this tune that I learned the melody from was on Mark O’Connor’s “Soppin’ the Gravy” album. Now, don’t think I learned it from him note-for note, but it is a heckuva good rendition of this tune.
Peaches and Cream (Peaches and Honey) according to the Fiddler’s Companion
PEACHES AND CREAM. AKA – “Peaches and Honey.” Old‑Time, Breakdown. USA, Texas. D Major. Standard. AABB. Similar to “Levantine’s Barrel” and “Bummer’s Reel ”. Source for notated version: Benny Thomasson & Pete Martin (Texas) [Phillips]. R.P. Christeson (Old Time Fiddlers Repertory, Vol. 2), 1984; pg. 54 (taken from an old 78 RPM). Phillips (Traditional American Fiddle Tunes. Vol. 1), 1994; pg. 182.
PEACHES AND HONEY. AKA and see “Peaches and Cream.”