Stack of Barley and Wheat

By Michael Coleman

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Folktrax-154: The Sligo Fiddler - Michael Coleman

Non-commercial recordings available to traditional musicians at folktrax.org. [Folktrax & Soundpost Publ., 16 Burnswick Square, Gloucester GL1 1UG Tel: +44 – (0) 1452-415110 – peter&folktrax.freeserve.co.uk – www.folktrax.org] Re-recorded & edited by Peter Kennedy and first published on Folktrax Cassettes 1980.

Tracks 1, 5, 9-10, 14, 18 Michael Coleman fiddle with Michael Andrews guitar. All other tracks Michael Coleman fiddle with "somewhat unaccomplished studio pianists."

From the liner notes: "These were copied from deleted gramophone disks [recorded in New York between 1922 and about 1932] held in the FOLKTRAX archive. During his life, Coleman recorded over 80 sides for American gramophone companies. For Irish fiddlers, on both sides of the Atlantic, Michael’s playing sets a standard, which is seldon surpassed by succeeding generations of traditional musicians.

"Michael Coleman (1889-1945) was born at Knockgrania, Killavil, near Gurteen, Co. Sligo. He went to the U.S.A. during the first World War and settled in Manhattan, New York in 1917. On the boat going over his music was heard by a theatre agent and he toured Keith’s Theatres, playing and sometimes dancing a Stage Hornpipe while providing his own accompaniment. He recorded over 80 sides (about 200 hours) on commercial gramophone disks, mostly with studio piansits accompanying him … [regrettably] on only a few, including the six here, he was backed by Welshman "Whitey" Michael Andrews, so called because of his hair color.

"According to Michael Gorman [Coleman’s second cousin], he and Coleman both had the same fiddle master, Jamesy Gannon."