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A CONCERT FOR THE AGES IN HONOR OF IRISH MUSIC LIVING LEGEND JOE DERRANE featuring:
Mick Moloney, Joanie Madden, Seamus Egan, Billy McComiskey, Seamus Connolly, John Doyle, Brian Conway, Jerry O’Sullivan, John Whelan, Felix Dolan, Brendan Dolan, Tommy O’Sullivan,
John McGann, Rose Flanagan, Patty Furlong, Margie Mulvihill, and Irish stepdancers Joe Dwyer and Melanie Deegan, plus surprise guests.
Emcee: Earle Hitchner
Special Guest of Honor: Joe Derrane
One of the most spectacular lineups ever assembled for an Irish traditional music and dance concert in America will be paying tribute to 80-year-old button accordion virtuoso and composer JOE DERRANE. Celebrating the extraordinary music career of Joe Derrane on stage will be 1999 National Endowment for the Arts’ National Heritage Fellowship-winning singer, multi-instrumentalist, and Green Fields of America founder and leader MICK MOLONEY, Cherish the Ladies leader and All-Ireland whistle and flute champion JOANIE MADDEN, 10-time All-Ireland fiddle champion and Boston College Irish music instructor SEAMUS CONNOLLY, Solas founding member and All-Ireland flute, whistle, mandolin, and tenor banjo champion SEAMUS EGAN, 1986 All-Ireland senior button accordion champion and Pride of New York member BILLY McCOMISKEY, 1986 All-Ireland senior fiddle champion and the 2008 Irish Echo Traditional Musician of the Year BRIAN CONWAY, Green Fields of America member and former Solas singer and guitarist JOHN DOYLE, America’s premier uilleann piper JERRY O’SULLIVAN, seven-time All-Ireland button accordion champion JOHN WHELAN, singer and guitarist TOMMY O’SULLIVAN of Sliabh Notes fame, legendary pianist FELIX DOLAN, Pride of New York pianist BRENDAN DOLAN, guitar and mandolin champion JOHN McGANN, the standout trio of fiddler ROSE FLANAGAN, button accordionist PATTY FURLONG, and flute and whistle player MARGIE MULVIHILL, and champion stepdancers JOE DWYER and MELANIE DEEGAN.
Emceeing the concert will be EARLE HITCHNER, music writer for The Wall Street Journal and Irish Echo.
The special guest of honor will be JOE DERRANE, whose famous 1994 comeback on button accordion at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Va., has led to six acclaimed albums. His seventh, Grove Lane, is due out on October 26 from Compass Records.
Proceeds from the concert will go to the Shamrock Traditional Irish Music Society, a not-for-profit organization based in Fairfield, Connecticut.