Jackie Coleman's / Mayor Harrison's Fedora

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    13 years after Sligo fiddler Oisín Mac Diarmada recorded his last solo fiddle album - 'Ar an bhFidil', this new release featuring Samantha Harvey on piano, brings an expressive mix of old and new tunes interpreted by one of Ireland's best known fiddlers.

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Jackie Coleman (1928-2001) was a well-known flute player and composer of a number of tunes, who lived most of life in Knocknahoo, Gurteen, Co. Sligo. This tune was learned from a field recording of Jackie Coleman kindly loaned by Daithí Gormley. The tune which follows appears in O’Neill’s The Dance Music of Ireland, referencing a Chicago mayor whose reign coincided with the era of Captain Francis O’Neill’s tune collecting in the Chicago area. The tune first came to my attention in the late 1980s through the West Clare fiddlers John Kelly, Bobby Casey, Joe Ryan at the Willie Clancy Summer School.


from The Green Branch / An Géagán Glas, released September 29, 2015



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Oisín Mac Diarmada Coolaney, Ireland

Oisín began playing fiddle in Clare at a young age. After moving to Sligo in 1989, he developing a deep interest in the playing style of the Sligo region.
Founder of the group Téada in 2001, Oisín is also a regular solo performer and teacher.
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