The Michael Coleman Story in Gurteen

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This year is the 70th Anniversary of the death in New York of Michael Coleman, that renowned fiddle player from Knockgrania who emigrated to America one hundred and one years ago.

This year is the 70th Anniversary of the death in New York of Michael Coleman, that renowned fiddle player from Knockgrania who emigrated to America one hundred and one years ago.

To fittingly mark these anniversaries, the weekly summer sessions in the Coleman Music Centre tell the story of Michael Coleman (1891-1945).

Michael Coleman himself, very well portrayed by Eamon McCoy resonates his life story.

This musical dramatization brings to life his background and the characters in the local community who inspired and developed his gift for music and follows his journey to the revolutionary recording studios of 1920s and 30s New York.

There is an air of poignancy as sweet fiddle tunes echo the story and the ‘American Wake’ is a session to behold.

Set against a backdrop of the interior of Coleman’s Cottage, the music will set your feet a tapping - the tunes, the step dancing and the heart-warming singing must surely portray what such ‘wakes’ must have felt like.

The closing scenes relate Coleman’s playing and recording days, the music rises to a crescendo where required, and subsides to quiet sweetness for the more personal anecdotes.

The show runs each Wednesday during July and August at 9pm. Booking at (071) 9182599 or www.colemanirishmusic.com