Dan Brouder is a well-respected exponent of the West Limerick accordion style from Monagae, a parish on the outskirts of Newcastle West. He learned his music in the surrounding parishes of Ardagh, Carrigkerry and Glin on the Sliabbh Luachra boundary from accordion player Donal de Barra and concertina player Timmy Collins from West. Limerick and from flute players Donal O’Sullivan and Francis O’Connor who learned their music from fiddler Peadlin Aherne. Also, flute player Pajo Gleesen from the 1930’s and 40’s whose styles were strongly bedded in West Limerick roots.
Dan had the good fortune to perform with Sliabh Luchra fiddle icon Julia Clifford, in Scartaglen, along with accordion player Johnny O’Leary in Knocknagree, and fiddle player’s Dennis McMahon, Paddy Cronin, and Connie O’Connell. Dan has been greatly influenced by Finbarr Dwyer, Joe Burke, Joe Cooley, West Limerick flute player Donal Sullivan, Martin & Brendan Mulvihill and the Dwyer family from West Cork.
Dan’s debut solo album, “The Larks Air” was released in 2011 received critical acclaim by musicians and music reviewers. Dan appeared as a special guest on the 2008 recording, ‘Cairde Cairdin’ by fiddler Diarmuid O’Brien, which also featured a group of West Limerick accordion players. A Waltz for Joy (2017) and Back in Time (2021) are two duet albums that Dan recorded with banjo player Angelina Carberry. Dan has featured extensively on popular RTE and TG4 program’ series Geantrai, Fleadh Cheoil RTE, Hup, Se mo Laoch, and Fleadh TV. Dan is a musician who is highly regarded among his contemporaries for his musical honesty and the joy he passes on through the music he plays and cherishes.
Instructor – Button Accordion