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Michael McGoldrick
Born in Manchester 1971 to Irish parents
As a child, attended The Tara O’ Carolan branch of Comhaltas Ceoltóirí Éireann in Chorlton where he met Dezi Donnelly & John Jo Kelly
Won numerous All-Ireland Championships with Dezi Donnelly & John Jo Kelly
In 1987 became a founding member of Manc Irish folk rockers Toss The Feathers
Won BBC Radio Two Young Tradition Award in 1995
In 1995 became a founding member of Flook!
In 1996 his debut solo album 'Morning Rory', a parody of Oasis 'Morning Glory', was named after his newborn son
Joined Cappercaillie in 1997 , contributing track 'Farewell To Whalley Range' amongst others. Has remained in the band since
Also joined the Kate Rusby band in 1997
In 2002 became founding member of Manchester act The Reel & Soul Association
Won BBC Folk Awards Instrumentalist of the Year 2001 & Artist of the Year 2006
Win signed Capercaillie CD's and concert tickets
Win the complete 2006 Radion Ballads Collection
Michael McGoldrick, Sharon Shannon, Dezi Donnelly & Jim Murray - Renegade Kate Rusby featuring Michael McGoldrick - Grace & Pride - Awkward Annie Michael McGoldrick live at Cambridge Michael McGoldrick - Wired Michael McGoldrick, Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin and Jim Murray - Tunes Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry - At First Light Michael McGoldrick - Fused Michael McGoldrick - Morning Rory Michael McGoldrick & Dezi Donnelly - Champions of The North
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[1971-2001] [2002-2007]
1971
Born in Manchester to Irish parents.
1987
Formed legendary Manchester folk rockers, Toss The Feathers, with Eddie Sheehan (vocals, guitar), Dave Smylie (bass, vocals), Peter Carberry (mandolin & accordian), Angela Usher (banjo & whistle) and Martin Moylan (drums). Paul Usher replaced Martin Moylan for the release of the singles 'The Crack Was 90' and 'Skidoo'
1988
Michael McGoldrick in Toss The Feathers Live At The 32 Club
Toss The Feathers
Very rare CD featuring the original line-up of legendary Manc Irish folk rockers, Toss The Feathers, including Michael McGoldrick.
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1989
Toss The Feathers - Columbus Eclipse Columbus Eclipse
Toss The Feathers
An 18 year old 'Mike Goldrick' played flute and whistles on this album, which was hurridly put together when the band toured America. The album was only half finished so the singles 'The Crack Was 90', it's B-side 'Grogans Hornpipes/Toss The Feathers reels' and the B-side to the 'Skidoo' single, 'Ride On', were added.
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1991
Toss The Feathers - Rude Awakening Awakening
Toss The Feathers
Released by the band's manager without their approval, the band, with a new manager, re-released it with the title 'Rude Awakening' in 1993. Alongside 'Mike Goldrick', the line-up now included fiddle player Sean Regan instead of Peter Carberry and Angela Usher.
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1994
Toss The Feathers live 94 TTF'94 Live
Toss The Feathers
Michael McGoldrick appeared on this llve performance
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1995
Became a father with birth of son, Rory
Toss The Feathers - The Next Round The Next Round
Toss The Feathers
'Michael Goldrick' lined up alongside Barry James (vocals, guitar), Dave Smylie (bass, vocals), Paul Usher (drums) and Andrew Dinan (fiddle, mandolin) for this superb album which, alongside many McGoldrick-penned tracks, included the track 'Skibereen', dedicated to Manc Irish rock legend Phil Lynott.
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Michael McGoldrick - Champions Of The North Champions Of The North
Michael McGoldrick & Dezi Donnelly
The 8 track CD released to celebrate Michael McGoldrick and Dezi Donnelly's success at the All-Ireland Championships. Interestingly, the album cover had Michael's name incorrectly spelt as 'Mike Goldrick'.
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Arcady featuring Michael McGoldrick Many Happy Returns
Arcady
Michael found time to appear on this second album from the Irish folk legends, who's previous line-ups had boasted Frances Black and Sharon Shannon. released June 1995
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1996
Michael McGoldrick - Champions Of The North Morning Rory
Michael McGoldrick
Michael's debut solo album, named after his newborn son and a parody of the Oasis album 'Morning Glory'. A collection of some of his favourite traditional reels together with his own tune's 'Trip To Herve's', 'Custy's Trip To Brittany', ' Sailor On The Rock', 'Baby Rory's Slip Jig', September Reel' and 'The Dub Reel'. Featured Ed Boyd on guitar.
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Formed flute supergroup, Flook, with Becky Morris, Sarah Allen and Brian Finnegan. Becky Morris was soon replaced by guitarist Ed Boyd.
Michael McGoldrick and Flook - Live Flook! Live!
Flook
Superb live performance from Michael and the band, featuring many McGoldrick-penned tunes which are still performed by Flook today. Brian Finnegan and Michael McGoldrick on wooden flutes, Sarah Allen on metal flute and accordion, Ed Boyd on bazouki and guitar
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1997
Left Flook to join the Kate Rusby Band, Scottish folk legends Capercaillie and celtic all stars, Lunasa
Kate Rusby Band featuring Michael McGoldrick - Hourglass Hourglass listen to soundbites
Kate Rusby
Michael McGoldrick joined Kate Rusby's band, to play whistle and flute alongside the likes of Scottish fiddler John McCusker. Largely made up of traditional folk tunes, critics raved about the debut from the Barnsley folkster. (Mar 1997)
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Capercaillie featuring Michael McGoldrick - Beautiful Wasteland Beautiful Wasteland listen to soundbites
Capercaillie
The introduction of Michael's flute playing to Capercaillie's distinctive sound, especially on the McGoldrick-penned 'Kepplehall' track, was to influence the future direction of the celtic favourites. (Sep 1997)
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Lunasa featuring Michael McGoldrick Lunasa listen to soundbites
Lunasa
Michael lined up once again alongside John McSherry in Lunasa, the Irish supergroup which also included Waterboy/Sharon Shannon bassist, Trevor Hutchinson. The album was recorded live and included the McGoldrick-penned track 'Mi Na Samhna'. (Oct 1997)
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together with John McSherry, left Lunasa, although both returned as guest on their next album (see below)
1998
Alan Stivell featuring Michael McGoldrick 1 Douar listen to soundbites
Alan Stivell
Michael McGoldrick made a guest appearance on the 'One World' album by Breton based Celtic harpist Alan Stivell. Other guest artists included Youssou N'Dour, Jim Kerr, John Cale, Paddy Moloney and Khaled. (July 1998)
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Capercaillie on The Best of Cambridge Folk Festival The Best of The Cambridge Folk Festival
Various Artists
Michael appears with Capercaillie on the track 'The Cape Breton Song', recorded live at the Cambridge Folk Festival. (Jul 1998)
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Capercaillie featuring Michael McGoldrick - Dusk Till Dawn Dusk Till Dawn - Best Of Capercaillie listen to soundbites
Capercaillie
Best Of compilation album featuring Michael McGoldrick on variuous tracks. (Oct 1998)
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Kate Rusby Band featuring Michael McGoldrick - Cow Song Cowsong
Kate Rusby
This 3 track single from the Kate Rusby band which included Michael McGoldrick and John McCusker was released in November 1998. 2 of the tracks, 'Cowsong' and 'Botany Bay' were later included on the import version of the 'Sleepless' album (Nov 1998)
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1999
The Afro Celt Soundsystem featuring Michael McGoldrick Volume 2 - Release listen to soundbites
The Afro Celt Soundystem
Michael McGoldrick appeared as a guest on the the amazing second album from the Afro Celts. Described as one of the best folk CD's ever released, other guest stars include Sinead O’Connor and Ronan Browne. Highly Recommended. (Apr 1999)
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Kate Rusby Band featuring Michael McGoldrick - Sleepless Sleepless listen to soundbites
Kate Rusby
The second album from the Kate Rusby band featuring Michael McGoldrick. Again Michael played flute alongside the likes of John McCusker on the whole Mercury-nominated album. The import CD also featured 2 extra tracks taken from the 'Cowsong' single. (May 1999)
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Lunasa featuring Michael McGoldrick Otherworld listen to soundbites
Lunasa
Michael returned with John McSherry to make a guest appearance on Lunasa's second album. Contributing the tracks 'Heaton Chapel' and 'Taylor Bar/4am' amongst others. (Oct 1999)
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Big Sky featuring Michael McGoldrick Volume 1 - The Source listen to soundbites
Big Sky
Michael McGoldrick appeared as a guest artist on this Capercaillie spin off project, with the Celtic Groove foundation (Charlie McKerron and John Saich) teaming up with Laura McKerron to produce a ground-breaking pop folk record. (Oct 1999)
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Idir featuring Michael McGoldrick Identities listen to soundbites
Idir
Along with Cappercaillie singer Karen Matheson, Michael McGoldrick made a guest appearance on this Kabyle music tribute album from Northern Algerian legend, Idir. Together they play on the track 'A Vava Inouva 2'. (1999)
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2000
Michael McGoldrick - Fused Fused listen to soundbites
Michael McGoldrick

Described as one of the most ground-breaking folk albums of all time, redirecting the future of traditional music, Michael's second album featured friends like Dezi Donnelly, Capercaillie's Karen Matheson, Donald Shaw and Alan Kelly, together with Karan Casey and even DJ Talvin Singh. Highly Recommended. (Jan 2000)

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Kate Rusby's 'Sleepless' album won BBC Folk Awards Best Album 2000
Seal Maiden featuring Michael McGoldrick Seal Maiden - A Celtic Musical listen to soundbites
Karan Casey & Friends
Michael McGoldrick made a guest appearance on this delightful CD for children from Solas singer, Karan Casey. The result is the story of an Irish legend told with the help of traditional instruments, including Michael's flute, whistles and pipes. (Jul 2000)
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John McCusker featuring Michael McGoldrick Yella Hoose listen to soundbites
John McCusker

Michael made a guest appearance, playing flutes and whistle on 4 tracks, with fellow Kate Rusby band members Ian Carr and Andy Cutting, as well as Kate Rusby herself on fiddler John McCusker's second solo album. (Jul 2000)

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Capercaillie featuring Michael McGoldrick - Nadurra Nàdurra listen to soundbites
Capercaillie
The first Capercaillie studio album in 3 years included Michael McGoldrick's famous 'Failte Gu Whalley Range ('Farewell To Whalley Range)' amongst others. (Sep 2000)
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Lunasa featuring Michael McGoldrick Nua Teorainn: New Celtic Music from Green Linnet listen to soundbites
Various Artists
Compilation CD featuring Lunasa track 'Goodbye Miss Goodavich/Rosie's Reel' (Sep 2000)
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2001
Birth of second son, Aidan
The Folk Awards featuring Michael McGoldrick The Folk Awards listen to soundbites
Various Artists
BBC album featuring Michael's 'Lough Mountain' & Kate Rusby's 'Cobbler's Daughter' (Jan'01)
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Michael McGoldrick won BBC Folk Awards Instrumentalist of The Year 2001
Karen Casey featuring Michael McGoldrick The Winds Begin To Sing listen to soundbites
Karan Casey
Mike McGoldrick joined up once more with Solas singer, Karan Casey, to perform flute on her second solo album. Voted Best Folk Album of 2001 by the readers of Irish Music Magazine, it featured a number of traditional folk tracks. (Apr 2001)
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Kate Rusby Band featuring Michael McGoldrick - Little Lights Little Lights listen to soundbites
Kate Rusby
Michael's third album with the Kate Rusby band again saw a mix of old ballads with original folk tunes. He plays whistle and tenor banjo alongside Kate's now husband John McCusker and guest musicians Eddi Reader and John Jones amongst others. (May 2001)
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Kate Rusby Band featuring Michael McGoldrick live at Cambridge Cambridge Folk Festival - a Celebration of Roots Music 1997-1999
Various Artists
Michael appears with Kate Rusby on the track 'Cobblers Daughter', recorded live at the Cambridge Folk Festival. (Jul 2001)
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Mairead Nesbitt featuring Michael McGoldrick Raining Up listen to soundbites
Mairead Nesbitt
Michael contributes flute and pipe to this album from the former All-Ireland champion and Celtic Woman fiddler. (Sep 2001)
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Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry - At First Light At First Light
Michael McGoldrick & John McSherry

Michael re-united with fellow Lunasa member, Scottish piper, John McSherry, for this collection of mainly traditional tracks (as well as his famous 'Farewell To Whalley Range'). Other musicians included Dezi Donnelly and Flook guitarist Ed Boyd. (Oct 2001)

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Tim O'Brien featuring Michael McGoldrick - Two Journeys Two Journeys listen to soundbites
Tim O'Brien
Michael McGoldrick appears on this brilliant album from American folk musician Tim O'Brien. The album also features Paddy Keenan and Karan Casey. (Nov 2001)
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[1971-2001] [2002-2007]
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