Back to London Town Festival 2022 – Button Accordion Workshop – Dermot Byrne


Instrumental workshops £10

Dermot Byrne is one of Ireland’s finest musicians. His seemingly effortless playing, combined with great subtlety, and a flawless ear, make him one of the great accordionists of his generation. He received the 2013 Traditional Musician of the Year award from Irish television channel TG4. From Buncrana in the Inishowen Peninsula, the most northerly part of Donegal, he played the accordion from an early age with his inspirational father Tomás O’Beirn, (Tommy Byrne) an enthusiastic promoter of the tradition. Dermot had the chance to meet all of Donegal’s musical greats including Johnny Doherty, Con Cassidy and Tommy Peoples which had a big impact on the young Dermot who went on to develop a unique style. A longtime anchor of Altan, Byrne’s subtlety as an accordionist has always set him apart. In the meantime, he found time to collaborate with Parisian harpist Floriane Blancke with Brendan O’Regan, Brid Harper and Steve Cooney, Dezi Donnelly and Jim Murray.

In addition to his mastery of the Donegal style and repertoire, Dermot can easily turn to other styles and traditions such as the French musette, or South American choro music. Dermot has been involved in 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 Stéphane Grappelli. His self-titled solo recording, which he recently reissued, has received great critical acclaim.

For full details of events taking place as part of the 24th Festival of Traditional Irish Music, Song and Dance in London (Friday 28 to Monday 31 October 2022), please see and www.irishmusicinlondon .org

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