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Playing Since: 2009

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Occupation: Professional Musician until age 37, now I am an Engineer

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Age: 62

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Coleman's March

Posted by tomberghan

36 people like this

Play count: 3257
Size: 5,158kb, uploaded 1/30/2010 11:47:22 PM
Genre: Old Time / Playing Style: Clawhammer and Old-Time

Tom Berghan Clawhammer - Banjo: Double C, Guitar: Open C - - Joe Coleman, a shoemaker, was accused of stabbing his wife to death near the town of Slate Fork, Adair County, Kentucky, as recorded in the Burkesville Herald Almanac for 1899. Convicted on circumstantial evidence and the testimony of his sister-in-law who was living with them at the time, Coleman was tried in nearby Cumberland County and sentenced to death. While being driven to the place of execution in a two-wheeled ox cart, Coleman sat on his coffin and played a tune that has come down as "Coleman's March." Coleman protested his innocence to the last. Also attached to the tune is the legend that before Coleman was hanged he offered his fiddle to anyone who could play the tune as well as he, and at least one source identified a Kentucky fiddler named Franz Prewitt as the recipient. Prewitt's descendants remembered him as having been indeed a fine fiddler. The tune dates back to the 18th century British Isles. It is known by various names, one being “Old Hickory” after President Andrew Jackson.

11 comments on “Coleman's March”

stevel Says:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @10:40:22 AM

tom- that was great! i really enjoyed listening to that one. nice and cleanly played without being too over ornamental.
strokestyle Says:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @10:42:00 AM

Absolutely lovely!
mainejohn Says:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @4:40:19 PM

A haunting tune and you do it superbly!
Don Borchelt Says:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @6:09:22 PM

A splendid performance, very fluid and resonant. The guitar adds a very dulcimer like accompaniment that balances well with the banjo. Exquisite!
retired happily Says:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @7:34:56 PM

If I could play that I would find my life complete. The story is also very intreaging.
retired happily Says:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @7:35:50 PM

One more thing Tom. Who is the picture of or do you know
tomberghan Says:
Sunday, January 31, 2010 @8:59:23 PM

Danny (retired happily),
It would be my pleasure to teach it to you. I will always do my level best for a Veteran. Thank you for your service! Coleman’s March is a pretty tune indeed, and it is no harder than walking.

I assume by “picture” you mean my avatar. That is the famous Gus Cannon of Cannon’s Jug Stompers (obscure now, but once famous). When I was a teenager growing up in the mid to late sixties I collected all of Gus’s recordings. He was my hero. Then, when I was 18, I hitch-hiked to Memphis Tennessee to study music with Gus. I loved Gus very much and I still do now. Gus wrote many great songs you’ve probably heard but maybe not know he wrote. Remember “Walk Right In, Sit Right Down?” That is one of Gus’s songs! My favorite is “Poor Boy, Long Ways from Home.
dgill Says:
Monday, February 01, 2010 @4:02:35 AM

Very tranquil and peaceful tune. I will enjoy this one each time I think if it.
Monday, February 01, 2010 @5:23:30 PM

Good one Tom
jimh269b Says:
Monday, June 07, 2010 @5:33:59 PM

my old buddy don plays that tune his very very good,dam yours is to,great job tom
banjoholic Says:
Saturday, February 05, 2011 @7:25:54 PM

I know I'm a little late to the party hearing this one, but had to comment. This is exquisite. I've got goose bumps. It's really beyond words, so I'll just shut up now : )

And why the heck haven't I tuned my guitar to open C lately?! Thanks for reminding me!

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