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Thinking Outside the Box: How Button Accordianist Joe Derrane Helped Redefine Irish America's Musical Identity Twice

Earle Hitchner, Joe Derrane

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Format: Presentation

Length: 70 minutes

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.

Presenter(s): Earle Hitchner, Joe Derrane

Date: September 22, 2006

Location: Connolly House

Sponsor(s): Irish Studies Program

URL: http://frontrow.bc.edu/program/hitchner/

The information on this page is accurate as of September 2006