Congrats to Lori on her Joe Derrane report! I was also there, in the
front row, for both of Joe's performances. He certainly has not lost
his touch as evidenced when he ripped into tunes like the
Reconcillation Reel. Earle added a wonderful touch by bringing up two
young French Canadian musicians, who it seems had learned the Union
Reel right off of Joe's old 78 - at least they all played the thing
note for note in unison.
It was a great thrill for me to meet Joe because he was the first
'professional' button accordion player I ever heard when I started
collecting this music in the 50's, and I have been using those old
78's on the air for the past 20 years. It was also a great honor to
witness Joe recieve the gift of a mint C#D Baldoni accordion, the
same model he used to make the original recordings.
Thanks to Earle Hitchner for prying Joe loose from retirement on the
box. The 8 hour drive to Wahsington Irish Festival at Wolftrap was
worth it just to see the expression on Joe's face during those
We could make a controversial statement like: Joe is back! Seamless is
dead! We can once again put square corners on our tunes with pride!