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Michael Coleman (1891-1945) -CD and booklet

Michael Coleman (1891-1945) Cd cover

Michael Coleman is one of the most influential Traditional Irish Musician of all time. He was born to humble beginnings in the small town land of Mountirwin in Killavil, Co. Sligo. If you want more information on history of Michael Coleman please visitor our history page. In this post we are going to talk about the wonderful compliation of his music released in 1991 by gael linn and compiled by Harry Bradshaw. This CD came complete with a comprehsive booklet describing the music and the man that was Michael Coleman.

The 78-rpm records made by Michael Coleman between 1921 and 1936 set the standard for Irish traditional fiddle style and repertoire in both his native Ireland and the United States. Coleman made fameous the unique Sligo style of fiddle playing. His playing was so enchanting that some people claimed that he had learned it from the fairies. This wonderful CD set contains forty-eight of Coleman’s eighty commercial sides. They come from a variety of labels most recorded during his peak years of 1921 to 1927. Some people get put off by the sound quality of these old remastered recordings. It is true that they are grainy compared to our modern CDs but once you get past the slight reduction in record quality this collection is a truly beautiful show case of Irish Music at its best, played by the hands of a legend. In an ideal worlno traditional irish music enthusiast should be without this collection.

Unfortunately this fine collection is no longer being produced. It does not look like there is going to be a reissue in the near future. Here at the Coleman Centre we aim to promote Irish music. We felt it would be a shame for newer generations not to hear the wonderful enchanting music that Michael Coleman was capable of producing and so we produced our own set of Coleman Tunes. These are available on the aptly titled CD, Michael Coleman- the Enduring Magic. This is available in our on-line Store. This collection although not as comprehensive as Bradshaw compilation is a fine example of the style and sound of traditional Irish music’s most influential players, Michael Coleman.


I feel it would be apt to finish this post with a tune by the legend himself. Listen to Michael Coleman playing Lord Gordon from the Enduring Magic Cd available in the Coleman Music Centres online store.


Buy Michael Coleman- the Enduring Magic.


Available on-line and shipped worldwide.


Track listings for Michael Coleman (1891-1945) -CD and booklet

The track listing for Enduring magic is available in the on-line shope


  1. Lord MacDonald
  2. Cherish The Ladies
  3. The Boys Of The Lough
  4. The Liverpool
  5. O’Neill’s
  6. The Shaskeen
  7. Jackson’s
  8. Farrell O’Gara’s /Good Morning To Your Nightcap
  9. James Gannon’s
  10. The Crooked Road To Dublin
  11. Lord Gordon’s
  12. The Frost Is All Over
  13. Reidy Johnson’s
  14. The Job Of Journeywork
  15. Rakish Paddy
  16. Tobin’s Fancy
  17. Crowley’s
  18. Casey’s
  19. The Kerryman’s Daughter
  20. The Bird In The Tree
  21. Up Sligo
  22. Lucy Campbell
  23. McDermott’s
  24. Dr. Gilbert’s
  25. The Queen Of The May
  26. The Humours Of Ennistymon
  27. The Swallow’s Tail
  28. The Old Grey Goose
  29. Murry’s Fancy
  30. The Foxhunter
  31. The Duke Of Leinster, And His Wife
  32. Larry O’Gaff
  33. The Real Blackthorn Stick
  34. Murphy’s
  35. Jackson’s Morning Brush
  36. The Rambling Pitchfork
  37. The Tarbolton
  38. The Longford Collector
  39. The Sailor’s Bonnet
  40. The Sailor On The Rock
  41. The Monaghan
  42. The Pigeon On The Gate
  43. Apples In Winter
  44. Bonnie Kate
  45. The Frieze Britches
  46. The Stage
  47. The Western
  48. Paddy Ryan’s Dream
  49. Tell Her I Am
  50. The Kerry
  51. The Boyne Hunt
  52. Tommy Hill’s Favourite
  53. Killarney Wonder
  54. Farewell To Ireland
  55. Mrs. Kenny’s


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