Coleman's Reel (1)

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COLEMAN'S REEL [1]. AKA and see "Drunken Police Car (The)," "Good Morning to Your Night Cap (1)." Irish, Reel. A Dorian. Standard tuning (fiddle). AB. Michael Coleman was born in the Killavil district of County Sligo in 1891. He married in Ireland and moved to New York City by 1920, already possessing a reputation as an outstanding fiddler. His musical peak coincided with the nascent recording industry and for fifteen years he issued records which have had a profound influence on Irish traditional music and Irish fiddling in particular. Coleman for a time supported himself as a performer on the Keith vaudeville circuit. His act comprised dancing the slip jig while playing his own accompaniment on the fiddle. His recordings were much imitated in his time, and his influence looms large today; his technique was said to have been spectacular, though his virtuosity had as much to do with his gift for spontaneous variation.

Source for notated version:

Printed sources: Miller & Perron (Irish Traditional Fiddle Music), 1977; vol. 2, No. 46 (appears as "Coleman Reel").

Recorded sources: Green Linnet GLCD 3009, Kevin Burke - "If the Cap Fits" (1978). Intrepid Records "Heyday of Michael Coleman." Mulligan LUN021, Kevin Burke - "If the Cap Fits" (1978. As "Michael Coleman's Reel").




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