IF IT WASN’T FOR THE IRISH AND THE JEWS

  • 30 Oct 2011
  • 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM
  • BMH Synagogue Social Hall, 560 S. Monaco Pkwy.
A special lecture/musical performance presentation by Dr. Mick Moloney, New York University Professor of Music and Irish Studies.

Professor Moloney is the pre-eminent scholar of Irish-American music from the past two centuries. From 1880 to 1920, Vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley flourished with the musical contributions of Jewish and Irish songwriters. Taking its title and inspiration from a catchy song composed in 1912 by William Flannery and Jean Schwartz, “If It Wasn’t for the Irish and the Jews,” is an engrossing, entertaining, and insightful examination of this cultural cross-pollination in a bygone era in U.S. cultural history.

Moloney illustrates his presentation with live musical performances. He has recorded over forty albums and hosted several American Public Television series. In 1999, he was awarded the National Heritage Award from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest official honor a traditional artist can receive in the U.S., which was presented by Hillary Clinton.


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