Derek will also be doing an Accordian Workshop on the Saturday from 10.30am in the Glengarriff National School as well as joining in many of the Sessions around the village.
Hailing from Adare, Co Limerick, both Derek Hickey’s grandfathers played fiddle. Derek’s own musical career began at ten years of age when his uncle left an accordion in the family home. At 18 he joined the band Arcady and then at 21 was invited by Frankie Gavin to join De Danann.
He recorded two albums with the band during this time. In addition to performing, Derek is also a regular tutor at The Irish World Academy of Music and Dance in the University Limerick. In his rich and varied performing experiences, he has shared the stage with some of the world’s greatest talents including Stéphane Grappelli and The Rolling Stones.