Address: Coleman Irish Music Centre Gurteen Sligo
The show runs each Wednesday during July and August at 9pm.
This is an original show written by Gregory Daly and performed by musicians, singers and dancers from the Coleman Centre. 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 tells 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.
As the evening comes to a close with the ‘Tar Bolton Set’ ringing in your ears, you will wonder how quickly the evening passed and be urgently checking your diary to make sure you see it once or twice more!
Huge credit to Gregory Daly who is author/director of the show, musicians and singers, Junior Davey, Michael Hurley, Declan Folan, PJ Hernon, Adrienne Lee, Cliodhna Henry and Niamh McGloin, who have risen to meet the challenge with style and gusto! Great praise too for the dancers, Sandra and Laura Ganley, magic on their feet!