Peddlar's Punch (The)

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X:1 T:The Peddlar's Punch M:2/2 L:1/8 C:Ed Reavy S:The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy R:Reel N:Ed likes a title that can be taken in more N:than one way. In this one you don't know which punch of the peddler N:is the most lethal. He might pack quite a wallop if you cross him, N:but take just one good sup of his poteen and you'll be lucky if you N:don't take total leave of your senses. Z:Joseph Reavy K:G DF|G2 BG DGBF|=F2 [FA]F CFAF|G2 GB DGBc|dgfd (3cBA FA| G2 BF DGBG | =F2 [FA]F CFAF|GABc (3dcB (3cBA |1 GBAF DGGF:|2 GBAF DGGA||B2 ge fdcB|A=F (3FEF ABcA|G2 ge fd^cd|gfga gfdc| Bdge fdcB|A=F (3FEF ABcA|GABc defa|gbag fdcA:||



PEDDLAR’S PUNCH, THE. Irish, Reel. G Major. Standard tuning (fiddle). AA’BB. Composed by the late Philadelphia, Pa./County Cavan fiddler Ed Reavy (1898-1988). Interviewed by musician and folklorist Mick Moloney in 1975, Reavy explained:

The Peddlar’s Punch…yeah…you know the peddlars they like a drop of the Craythur you known the y can throw a pretty good punch too you know… So that gabe me a kind of inspiration to call it the Peddlar’s Punch you see. (Moloney: In Ireland, Punch is the name given to a mixture of whiskey, hot water and sugar). [1]



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Source for notated version: -

Printed sources : - Reavy (The Collected Compositions of Ed Reavy), n.d.; No. 5, p. 5.

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  1. Mick Moloney, “Medicine for Life: A study of a Folk Composer and His Music”, ’’’Keystone folklore: The Journal of the Pennsylvania Folklore Society’’’, vol. 20, Winter-Spring 1975, No. 1, p. 25.