Joe's recordings are now available once again!!!!!
Joe Derrane was the 'hottest' Irish traditional button accordion player
of the 1950's. He had a very lively, hard driving, style, somewhat
similiar to the great John Kimmel, who recorded 40 years before him.
His arrangements of tunes have been played and recorded by others,
such as DeDanann, on their 'Star Spangled Molly' album. The tune
simply called Derrane's on the DeDanann album is Hardiman's Jig from
Martin Hardiman of Chicago on Joe's record.
Derrane's style has a lot of life and punch to it compared to the
more 'modern' Paddy O'Brien B/C style that was developed later in
the '50's and can sound quite boring even with some high tech
Joe's recordings include 8 solos, 5 duets with his Cork born instructor
Jerry O'Brien, 3 with the Irish All Stars, which added Joe's brother,
George on banjo and Hermelina German on piano, and 6 more as the All
Star Ceilidhe Band, which included more instruments and Johnny Connors
These original Copley 78's, still sought by collectors, have been
remastered onto cassette and some on CD. They are available from
Rego Records, 64 New Hyde Park Road, Garden City, New York 11530.
Rego carries a wide variety of popular, contemporary, and traditional
Irish music on tape, CD, and video. They are probably the largest
manufacturer/distributor of Irish material in the country and have
a 50 page full color catalog and a toll free number, 800-854-3746.
I'm just a button accordion fan with no connection to Rego!
Ted [log in to unmask]