The Accordion -Cultural History & Significance

The Atory of The Accordion is The Story of People

Saturday, 13 August, 2016
11:50am - 12:20pm
St. Kieran's College - Room 10
The history, development and evolution of the Accordion is inextricably woven into the fabric of the social history, culture and traditions of the people around the world in which it is found.
The accordion has the unique distinction of being the only musical instrument to inveigle itself into the traditional music and cultures of more societies around the world than any other instrument.
While the story of the accordion’s origin is well known, the growth, popularity and acceptance of the instrument into diverse cultures across the world is each a story in itself.
From an Irish perspective, the story of the accordion and its journey into Irish Traditional Music is inseparable from the history, events, attitudes and social changes that shaped our country during the 19th and 20th centuries.  The ability of the accordion to evolve has been ints greatest asset and will contimue to be so into the future,
 This pattern is repeated across the world in all societies where the accordion has become inveigled into the traditional,folk and classical music of that society.
 How and why did this come about?  what does the future hold for the instrument?  
Noel Cleere of The Acorn Club is an accordionist who has been studying the social, cultural impact, and the ethno-musicology of the instrument for many years.  He will take you on a  truly interesting journey, following the paths that the accordion has taken, the significant historical, cultural and social changes that triggered these journeys and  the significance of the instrument today in the social and cultural life of a diverse range of people.  Noel will also examine the future of the instrument in our hi-tech era.
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