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date: 29 May 2020

Morrison, James (American fiddler and step-dancer)locked

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(b Drumfin, Ireland, May 3, 1893; d New York, NY, Nov 11, 1947). Fiddler and step dancer of Irish birth, active in the United States. Along with Michael Coleman and Paddy Killoran, he was one of the most renowned players in the Sligo style. He learned music from his brothers and other local musicians, including the fiddler Tom Johnston and the traveling blind uilleann piper Johnny Gorman. Morrison also received formal instruction in reading and writing music from a local priest, as well as dancing lessons from his uncle, Charlie Dolan. He became a traveling teacher of dancing and Irish for the Gaelic League, a nationalist cultural organization. Faced with bleak economic prospects in Ireland, Morrison joined five of his siblings in Boston in 1915 and followed his future wife, Teresa Flynn, to New York in 1918. There he won the fiddle competition at the city’s Feis in ...

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