Without fail each year the Big Squeeze Accordion Contest brings a pleasant surprise, and this year (2013) it was eleven year-old Juan Duenes from Brownsville. To my astonishment I heard a Celtic jig coming from the stage, and it was little Juanito openining up his audition song with a tune by Irish punk band Dropkick Murphys, before smoothly transitioning to Tejano Conjunto. The experienced and masterful musical back-up of his teacher, Santiago Castillo, helped him pull it off, but the idea was not inspired by him - it was all Juanito himself. When I asked him who taught him this song Juanito matter-of-factly said, "the internet."
Now these are the advantages of a global world - from Ireland to the Texas-Mexico border, music inspring young people, and traditional music, in all corners of the planet! Way to go, Juanito, for that innovation. I can wait to see what you're doing 10 years from now!