GUEST SPEAKER MICK MOLONEY NYU

TUESDAY DECEMBER 1 2015 CRAWFORD HALL 7PM

Mick Moloney

Drawing from the traditional background and diaspora of two oppressed peoples, enslaved Africans and indentured Irish immigrants, Mick Moloney and Lenwood Sloan explore the curious and tumultuous journey of the banjo, fiddle, jig, joke and jump dance, riddle rhyme, song, shuffle and clog.

Their cultural dialogue begins at the departure point of two diverse cultures in the 18th century; their encounter in the Caribbean, amalgamation in New Orleans’ Congo Square,  entry into America along the Mississippi after 1803, the 1840’s  escape to Appalachia, and their arrival and confrontation in America’s urban cities before and after the Civil War

Moloney and Sloan  analyze the fractured alliances of post war Black and Irish communities as they challenge each other for land, jobs, and status. Presenters demonstrate the collision of African and Irish cultures as they encounter each other on the American stage through examples from pre and post war Minstrel era, Jim Crow era burlesque and Vaudeville,  turn of century Tin Pan Alley, and  film and Broadway between the two world wars.

The evening includes enlightened dialogue, spirited exchange, compelling imagery, and a rollicking music and dance demonstration.