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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.