Manchester is home to some truly wonderful musicians in Irish music and today’s artist is the one and only Michael McGoldrick himself. I have mentioned Michael several times so far throughout these featured artists and groups so today the spotlight is on Michael McGoldrick.
Manchester born Michael McGoldrick has an array of talents such as the low whistle, uileann pipes, flute, guitar and even mandolin. As if that wasn’t enough he can also keep the beat with the bodhran. With his parents being from Ireland Michael was encouraged by the thriving Irish music scene in Manchester and had already made a name for himself while still in school. By the age of 15 he had several All Ireland titles under his belt. McGoldrick was a founding member of Toss the Feathers, a Celtic rock band. He was the first piper/flute player to win the BBC radio two Young Tradition award in 1995. This resulted in the recording of the album Champions of the North with Toss the Feathers. In December 1996 Michael got to star in Manchester soap opera Coronation Street performing as himself, a dream shared by many Manchester folk! Michael has recorded with bands such as Flook, Lúnasa, and Capercaillie. He has also played regularly with artists such as fellow Manchurian John Joe Kelly, Kate Rusby and John McSherry. Michael has recorded four solo albums and is not afraid to experiment with other genres of music such as jazz. He also recorded for the Ceol Tasci project with many other musicians. The number of artists and musicians he has toured and recorded with is extremely vast, he has even had some of his music featured in the film Men At Lunch.
The BBC in 2010 wrote that Michael is famed as one of the greatest flute players in the world. High praise indeed and well deserved.