Relevancy of Michael Coleman to modern sessions
I’m really enjoying the "Michael Coleman 1891-1945" collection. What a wonderful fiddle player!
What do people think about how relevant his style and tunes are to modern-day sessions?
How many of his tunes do you hear in sessions today?
Do you feel that his tempo is typical or rushed?
Personally, I feel that his music is a bit too fast and ornamented for practical purposes, but then, I’m intermediate in my skills. I can imagine the producers or recording engineers speeding things up a little for commercial purposes. And, I don’t think you would actually dance reels at that tempo.
Listening to Coleman’s playing, I find it fascinating to look at the https://thesession.org/discussions/15489 Michael Krassen version of O’Neill’s tune collection. Krassen’s book of tunes gets criticized for re-interpreting the original O’Neill, but it seems to me the notations are appropriate to Coleman’s style.
For example, inspired by Coleman’s version of The Swallow’s Tail, I’ve worked this tune up on the whistle with a lot of help from the Krassen notation. It was somewhat difficult for me (lot’s and lots of repetition), but like I said, I’m still kind of intermediate.