Its been a while since I posted, but I got curious about piper Johnny Gorman.
What little information I've been able to find about him is that he was a
professional uilleann piper and fiddler from County Roscommon. Gorman, or
Jack the Piper as he was apparently known, was from Derrylahon, and became an
itinerant musician who roamed the counties of Mayo, Sligo, Roscommon and
Leitrim, playing and teaching. He is said to have had a "tragic death"
outside Drumshanbo, Co. Leitrim in 1917. Gorman was also an influence on
Michael Coleman, who incorporated the piper's ornamentation into his own
Is anything else known about Gorman? What was his "tragic death"? If Gorman
was a fiddler as well, why is it said that Coleman incorporated Gorman's
piping ornaments into his playing (why not Gorman's fiddling style?)?