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Friday, August 10 • 8:00pm - 8:50pm
Accordion Traditions

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Featuring Bua's Brían Ó hAirt (Irish Celtic), Joaquín Díaz (Merengue)
and Leroy Thomas (Zydeco) Accordion Traditions will compare and
contrast accordion styles from Ireland, the Dominican Republic and

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Brían Ó hAirt - Bua

Brían Ó hAirt (sean-nós dance, vocals, concertina), from St. Louis, is the youngest and only American to become a champion All-Ireland singer (2002). Ó hAirt came to Irish music through its language after hearing Gaelic songs (Enya, Clannad) on the radio, and spent hours researching... Read More →
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Joaquín Díaz

Merengue is a style of music with origins that date back to the 1850s in the rural northern regions of the Dominican Republic. Originally played on the güira (a metal scraper), Tambora (drum) and guitar or tres, Germans involved with the tobacco trade in the 1880s introduced the... Read More →
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Leroy Thomas

Known as "The Jewel of the Bayou," Leroy Thomas was born in Lake Charles, Louisiana and raised in Elton, a town of about 2,500 people in Western Louisiana, where zydeco music was born after World War II. He was surrounded by family immersed in the zydeco tradition: his father, Leo... Read More →

Friday August 10, 2012 8:00pm - 8:50pm EDT
Abbot Stage 222 Abbot Road, East Lansing, Michigan

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