The Coleman Country
I’ll comment later.
Bernie Flaherty, in his excellent book, "Trip To Sligo" describes this recording as "the finest example of Sligo music recorded in my time", and it is hard to disagree with that assessment. 10 players in all, play in various combinations, apart from 2 solos.
Well known names include the fiddle/flute duets of Fred Finn & Peter Horan, [ 4 tracks- 2,3,5, & 6 ] and Seamus Tansey & Andrew Davey, [also 4 tracks -4,9,12, & 15]. The solos are Jim Donoghue playing "Mrs.McLeod" on a Clarke’s "C" whistle - a great piece of playing, which has been annotated and analysed in great detail on "Brother Steve’s" whistle site - and Seamus Tansey playing the slow air "Anachuin". Fiddles and flutes are to the fore, as you would expect, with accompaniment on guitar and "tambourine", a bodhran with a few bells on it, which I’ve only ever come across in recordings by Sligo players.
The tunes are all classics of the Sligo tradition, and all but 1 turn up in the tune listings on this web-site. There are a few "firsts" on this LP, I think. It’s the earliest recording I know of where the "Foxhunter’s" reel is played in A, and the first recording I’m aware of , of the 9-part version of the "Pinch Of Snuff", which is given the name "The Wise Maid" in the sleeve notes.
I have changed a few titles from those given on the sleeve notes.
The reel I have called the "Daisy Field" is listed as "The Wild Irishman", which seems to me to be a local Sligo title. "The Wild Irishman" I know is a very different Donegal reel.
The "Pinch Of Snuff", as I’ve said above, is given the name "The Wise Maid".
The tune I’ve always known as "The Butcher’s March" is titled "The Kid On The Mountain".
A classic recording of traditional Irish music.
Music from the Coleman Country Revisited
I’ve just gotten a cd reissue of this recording. " Revisited" has been appended to the title and it’s been modified a little. There are spoken word tracks added in-between the musical tracks. These are present-day comments by Seamus Tansey about the players, tunes, making the record etc.
There is also an additional music track, fiddler Johnny Henry playing the Coolin and two reels.
Before buying this I was confused about whether the cd, Music from the Coleman Country Revisited, had the same original music as the lp, Music from the Coleman Country, but it does and hooray for that.
Thanks for that information, edl. Who has re-issued it? I’d recommend it to anyone, and I’ll be buying one because the ould LP’s near worn through.I’m looking forward to hearing Tansey’s comments!
It’s on Leader Records and I got it from Claddagh.
“Music from the Coleman Country” ~ & Revisited
I value the old recording over this newly packaged one. I am only commenting here because I found Tansey’s comments useless and even irritating, as did my wife and another friend who gave it a listen. I personally don’t think it added anything. Most of what he had to say could have been digested down to one or two paragraphs in the liner notes, since a lot was either not useful, or was repetitive. For me it was an intrusion… It got in the way of the music… Go for the original if you can get it, or do as I will do, and cut a copy minus the droll commentary…
the revisited cd versus the original lp
Not only that but the CD was brutally butchered with tracks abruptly cut off. Tansey was was rather doom filled and mournful with constant references to ‘another one gone down to his grave early’ when referring to the original musicians. You could however programme the cd to skip his commentary. You can do nothing about the harsh editing of the music itself.
Music from the Coleman Country Revisited
Doleful as Tansey is in his remarks, I still cherish the odd snippet.
Particularly the one regarding the dragon of a wife who attacked the left hand of her fiddling husband in an attempt to stop him playing and to get him doing some work about the place.
The manner in which he responded I will not mention in case you have not yet heard the story!