Events, Music, Southern Folklife Collection

Mick Moloney: Jewish-Irish Collaborations in Tin Pan Alley

A Program with Mick Moloney
Thursday, Oct. 8, 2009
Reception at 5 p.m. | Program at 6 p.m.
Pleasants Family Assembly Room
Wilson Special Collections Library
Free and open to the public
Information: Liza Terll, Friends of the Library: (919) 962-4207 or

Folklorist and Irish musician Mick Moloney will discuss the connections between Jewish and Irish musicians and lyricists in Tin Pan Alley in a multi-media, musical presentation Oct. 8 in the Wilson Special Collections Library.

The free, public program will begin at 6 p.m. in the Pleasants Family Assembly Room. A reception will precede the program at 5 p.m.

According to Moloney, Irish-Jewish collaborations—commonplace in the heyday of vaudeville and Tin Pan Alley—represent a charming story of decades of good natured ethnic flux, competition, and cooperation that left a lasting imprint on the history of American popular music.

About Mick Moloney
A native of Ireland, Moloney came to America in 1973 and pursued a career that uniquely combines the roles of musician, folklorist, author, presenter, radio and television personality, and educator. He holds a Ph.D. in folklore and folklife from the University of Pennsylvania and teaches at New York University in the Irish Studies program.

Moloney has been featured on Fresh Air with Terry Gross, in the Village Voice, and in Irish Music Magazine. In 1999, he received the National Heritage Fellowship from the National Endowment for the Arts, the highest honor a traditional artist can receive in the United States.

The Oct. 8 program will follow on the heels of the Sept. 15 release of Moloney’s album If It Wasn’t For The Irish and The Jews.

The University Library’s Southern Folklife Collection is co-sponsoring this event with the Carolina Center for Jewish Studies, the Center for the Study of the American South, the College of Arts and Sciences, the Folklore Program, the Department of American Studies, the Department of History, the Department of Music, and N.C. Hillel.

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