Nov 20, 2012 · 7:00 PM
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We'll return to Dempsey's on this night to welcome back newly crowned button accordion champion Martin O'Connell.
Martin, a Kerry native, placed first in the senior division in button accordion at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Cavan in August. He also won a gold medal at last year's All-Ireland Accordion Festival in Meath. Here's a video from one of his Fleadh Cheoil performances:
Now based in New York, Martin's teaching button accordion at the Irish Arts Center. He's playing at sessions all over town, including Dempsey's, and has jammed with the Mickey Finns' Ray Kelly at Paddy Reilly's. Martin is a musical director of the "Rhythms of Ireland" show and has been a guest soloist with Gaelforce, Bru Boru, Celtic Legends, Emerald Beat and many other shows. He's performed and taught button box workshops all over the world.
Martin is truly a world-class, versatile accordion player and it'll be a treat to have him at Dempsey's on this night. Music starts at 8, meet at the bar for drinks, food and conversation starting at 7. All musicians are welcome to bring their instruments and sit in with the session. Non-musicians are welcome as well to listen, watch and enjoy. The Dempsey's session is a mix of advanced, intermediate and beginner level session players skillfully led by our own John Nevin. It's the longest-running and most popular traditional Irish session in New York and one of the largest Irish sessions you'll find anywhere.