Illustrated talk on first encyclopedia of Irish Traditional Music

March 17, 2014

Next month, Fintan Vallely, a talented musician, writer, lecturer and researcher on traditional Irish music, will host an illustrated talk on the compilation of the first encyclopedia of Irish Traditional Music.

The event will be held in Newry Library on Thursday April 3rd at 7.30pm and will feature an informative and enjoyable talk with music and images, during which Fintan will describe the issues, politics, challenges and practicalities of compiling the first encyclopedia of Traditional Music in Ireland.

Fintan Vallely is from Armagh and he has taught flute at the Willie Clancy summer school in Co. Clare since 1986.  That same year he was the author of the first tutor for Irish flute. He has been a commentator on traditional music since 1990 and as a lecturer on Irish traditional music, he has taught on programmes in NUI Maynooth, University of Ulster, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Trinity College Dublin.

His PhD research – Flute Routes to 21st Century Ireland- concerned the entry of the flute in Ireland and his work since includes investigation of the origins of the bodhrán in Ireland. In November 2011 the greatly expanded second edition of The Companion was published, and a website dedicated to its use was set up –

Admission to the event is free and everyone is welcome, however booking is essential.  Contact Newry City Library (79 Hill Street, BT34 1DG) on telephone 028 3026 4683 or email