Michael Coleman’s waltz

Also known as Diablo, Joe Connolly’s Favourite, Kevin’s Viennese, Old Time, Unidentified.

There are 18 recordings of this tune.

This tune has been recorded together with

Michael Coleman's has been added to 13 tunebooks.

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One setting

X: 1
T: Michael Coleman's
R: waltz
M: 3/4
L: 1/8
K: Gmaj
|:D2 BA B2|D2 cB c2|D2 d^c d2|e2 f2 a2|
g2 g2 (3gfe|f2 f2 fe|de dc A2|de dc A2|
D2 BAB2|D2 cBc2|D2 d^cd2|e2 f2 a2|
g2 g2 (3gfe|f2 f2 fe|de dc AF|1 G4 (3GFE:|2 G4 (3ABc||
|:d2 d2 d^c|d2 d2 d^c|de dc AF|G2 B2 d2|
g2 g2 gf|g2 g2 gf|ga gf dc|A2 B2 c2|
d2 d2 d^c|d2 d2 d^c|de dc AF|G2 B2 g2|
f2 f2 A2|f2 f2 fe|de dc AF|1 G4 (3ABc:|2 G4 (3GFE||

One comment

Michael Coleman’s

This waltz has been given a different title on every recording it was featured on - on "Sligo Ceili" Seamus Tansey called it Michael Coleman’s, which is the title I’ve always used, although I don’t have that rarer-than-rare LP myself (!), I think I came across it in a book (probably the Fiddlecase publications tunebook); on some pressings (!) of Joe Ryan and Eddie Clarke’s Crossroads LP it’s called "Kevin’s Viennese," but on mine and in the database here it’s simply titled "Old Time Waltz." On a late 60s LP from the Connaught Ceili Band it’s "Joe Connolly’s Favourite." On the Spirit of West Clare Bobby Casey didn’t have a title for it at all.

One fellow on IRTRAD-L theorized that the Kevin mentioned above was box player Kevin Keegan, who played in the Aughrim Slopes Ceili Band; he succeeded Joe Mills in that role, who is said to have liked this tune a great deal, and had yet another title - the Diablo Waltz. There are a few tunes out there on old sheet music with that title as well so perhaps it’s an old ballroom tune of some sort?

Connaught Ceili Band recording download: http://www.capeirish.com/tune_vault/#ccb
IRTRAD-L discussion: https://listserv.heanet.ie/cgi-bin/wa?A2=ind0202&L=irtrad-l&D=0&P=56539