WUMB September Program Guide

The Growth of Irish Music in America and Abroad

This month we will explore some of the history of Irish music and how people accessed it. We start in the early 1900’s in the New York City music and vaudeville halls, very popular with an ever growing immigrant population.

In the 1920’s and 30’s, technology brought music to a wider and wider audience.  Early phonograph recordings of artists like fiddler Michael Coleman and appearances on radio programs made musicians household names.

In the 1950’s, here in Boston, the Dudley Street dancehalls, like the Hibernian and the Rose Croix, attracted hundreds and their dance hall bands were extremely popular. Joe Derrane often played there as a young man.

In the 1960’s, television launched the Irish folk group, the Clancy Brothers and Tommy Makem to international stardom.

In the 1970’s and 80’s, great bands like the Bothy Band, Planxty, Chieftains and DeDanann pioneered new sounds in the music, and new sounds continue to this day.

Please join me on Celtic Twilight all this month  for a walk through the history of Irish popular music, and more!

~ Gail

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