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Mac Martin

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Mac Martin
Martin in 2012
Martin in 2012
Background information
Birth nameWilliam D. Colleran
Born(1925-04-26)April 26, 1925
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.
DiedFebruary 28, 2022(2022-02-28) (aged 96)
McMurray, Pennsylvania, U.S.
GenresBluegrass, country
Instrument(s)Vocals, mandolin, guitar
Years active1948–2022

William Dermot Colleran (April 26, 1925 – February 28, 2022), better known as Mac Martin was an American bluegrass musician.[1]



He was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania on April 26, 1925.[1] William "Mac Martin" Colleran used to listen to "hillbilly music" on WWVA and WSM Grand Ole Opry when he was young. Colleran had his first guitar at the age of fifteen. Shortly afterwards, he joined up with Ed Brozi, performing as a duo.[1] After graduating from high school he enlisted in the U.S. Navy and served on the island of Okinawa. In the late 1940s, Colleran formed his first group the Pike County Boys consisting of Bill Higgins, fiddle and Bill Wagner, bass, who began playing regularly on WHJB in Greensburg, Pennsylvania.[1] Because there were three "Bills" in the group, Colleran changed his name to Mac Martin.[1] In 1953, the Pike County Boys left WHJB. In the mid 1950s, Colleran got together with Mike Carson and Billy Bryant and, by 1957, the Dixie Travelers was formed.[1] The newly formed group began performing at Walsh's Lounge in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and did so until 1976.[1] Musicians such as Earl Banner, Slim Jones, Frank Batista, Norm Azinger, Bud Smith, Keith Little,Bobby Martin (Colleran), Tim Custer, Brad Foust and Bob Artis have all been part of the Dixie Travelers. They recorded for Gateway Records and Rural Rhythm Records.[1]

Martin died in McMurray, Pennsylvania, on February 28, 2022, at the age of 96.[2][3]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h Colin Larkin, ed. (1993). The Guinness Who's Who of Country Music (First ed.). Guinness Publishing. p. 262. ISBN 0-85112-726-6.
  2. ^ "William Dermot "Mac Martin" Colleran". Legacy. 2 March 2022. Retrieved 6 March 2022.
  3. ^ Mervis, Scott (1 March 2022). "Mac Martin, Pittsburgh bluegrass legend, dies at 96". Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. Retrieved 6 March 2022.


  • Kristin Baggelaar and Donald Milton. Folk Music: More Than a Song. New York: Thomas Y. Crowell Company, 1976. p. 257-258