Thinking Outside the Box: How Button Accordionist Joe Derrane Helped Redefine Irish America's Musical Identity Twice
Earle Hitchner, music columnist for the Irish Echo and a contributing music writer for the Wall Street Journal, speaks on the accomplishments of button accordionist Joe Derrane and the role of the accordion in Irish-American music. Derrane, a fixture of Irish-American music scene since the 1940s and '50s, won in 2004 the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship—America's highest honor in folk and traditional arts. Prior to Hitchner's lecture, Derrane performs two songs on the button accordion.
Date: September 22, 2006
Location: Connolly House
Sponsor(s): Irish Studies Program