Button Accordion Workshop with Dermot Byrne

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RtLT 2022 - Button Accordion Workshop -Dermot Byrne

Button Accordion Workshop Intermediate - Advanced Level Tutor: Dermot Byrne as part of Return to London Town Festival 2022

The Crown Hotel, London - please register from 10.30am in the reception area of the Crown Hotel.

Dermot Byrne is one of Irelands finest musicians. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a faultless ear, makes him one of the great accordion players of his generation. He was awarded the Irish Television station, TG4’s Traditional Musician of the Year  2013.  From Buncrana in the Inishowen peninsula, the most northerly part of Donegal, he played accordion from a young age with his father the inspirational Tomás O’Beirn, (Tommy Byrne) an enthusiastic promoter of the tradition. Dermot has had the good fortune to meet all the greats of Donegal music, including Johnny Doherty, Con Cassidy and Tommy Peoples making a great impact on the young Dermot, who went on to develop a unique style.  A long-time anchor of Altan, Byrne’s subtlety as an accordion player has always marked him apart.  In between he has found time to collaborate with Parisian harpist Floriane Blancke with Brendan O’Regan, Brid Harper and Steve Cooney, Dezi Donnelly and Jim Murray.

As well as his mastery of the Donegal style and repertoire, Dermot can turn with ease to other styles and traditions such as French musette, or South American choro music. Dermot has guested on collaborations with many great musicians including Seamus and Manus McGuire, Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin, Pierre Schryer, Tim O’Brien , The Stunning, Salsa Celtica and the late jazz violinist, Stephane Grappelli. His eponymous solo recording, which he has reissued recently, has received great critical acclaim

For more details regarding events taking place as part of ‘Return to London Town’ London’s 24th Festival of traditional Irish music, song and dance (Fri 28 - Mon 31 Oct 2022) please see www.returntolondontown.org and www.irishmusicinlondon.org

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