• 25 June · 11:45 AM -12:30 PM

    History of the Irish bodhrán—talk at Craiceann 2024

    Fintan Vallely has just completed the first major study of the history of the Irish bodhran, to be published in winter, 2024. He has given talks on this in many places since 2008, including at Craiceann in 2012. Now with the work completed, and publication imminent he will speak at Craiceann again on June 25th,…

  • 27 July · 12:00 PM -1:00 PM

    Turas at Fiddlers’ Green festival

    A performance of Ulster music from Turas—Virtual Ireland in Music will be given by Fintan Vallely, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, Róisín Chambers and Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin at Fiddlers’ Green festival, Rostrevor, Co. Down, at 12 noon, Saturday 27th July. Full information on Turas music and the CD album Compánach

Past Events

  • 5 June · 6:30 PM -8:00 PM

    Launch of Companion to Irish Traditional Music 3

    25 years since the first edition in 1999, the newest edition of this book will be launched at the Royal Irish Academy, 19 Dawson Street, central Dublin. MC for the event will be Dr. Liz Doherty, and the launch address will be given by Dr. Conor Caldwell of IWAMD, University of Limerick. Music will be…

  • 12 May · 4:00 PM -6:00 PM

    Companach concert in Stuttgart

    Mark Redmond (uilleann pipes), John Kelly (fiddle) and Fintan Vallely (flute) will play concerts in the Stuttgart area of Germany from May 9th-12th. May 9th – casual session in O’Reilly’s Irish bar, 9pm plus. Saturday, May 11th – concert in the Alte Rathaus, Hoefingen, 7pm Sunday, May 12th, concert in Studio Olgastrasse, at 93B Olgastrasse,…

  • 11 May · 7:30 PM -9:00 PM

    Concerts in Stuttgart area, Germany

    John Kelly (fiddle), Mark Redmond (uilleann pipes) and Fintan Vallely (flute) playing in the Stuttgart area in May, 2024. Thursday, May 9th, casual session in O’Reilly’s Irish bar, after 6pm Saturday, May 11th, concert in the Alte Rathaus, Hoefingen, 7pm Sunday, May 12th, afternoon concert in Studio Olgastrasse, 93B Olgastrasse, Stuttgart, 4pm One-to-one tuition workshops:…

  • 9 May · 10:00 AM -12 May · 1:00 PM

    Flute, fiddle and uilleann pipes workshops in Stuttgart

    John Kelly (fiddle), Mark Redmond (uilleann pipes) and Fintan Vallely (flute) who are playing in the Stuttgart area in May, 2024 are offering teaching traditional music on pipes, flute and fiddle from May 9th - May 12th.

  • 19 January · 2:30 PM -3:30 PM

    Turas at Your Roots are Showing conference

    Performance of selected sections from the Turas concert by Fintan Vallely, Gerry O’Connor, Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn, with Caoimhe Ní Mhaolagáin (sean-nós dance, fiddle) and Róisín Wall Morrow (fiddle, song)

  • 23 April, 2023 · 9:30 PM -11:30 PM

    TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2023

    TG4 Gradam Ceoil 2023 is in its 26th year and the awards ceremony will air live on TG4 on Sunday the 23rd April at 9.30pm from University Concert Hall in Limerick. The annual Gradam Ceoil Awards, also known as ‘the Oscars of traditional music’, pay homage to musicians who have advanced, strengthened, and preserved traditional music in Ireland. This year’s Lifetime Achievement 2023 goes to Fintan Vallely. Fintan Vallely is a flute player, author, songwriter and educator, born in rural county Armagh in 1949. He played whistle, flute and uilleann pipes from his teenage years, has recorded several albums, including Fintan Vallely – Traditional Irish Flute Music (1979), The Starry Lane to Monaghan (1992), and Merrijig Creek (2021), in addition to touring across Ireland, in Europe, North America, Asia and Australia.

  • 15 March, 2023 · 4:00 PM -6:00 PM

    Grace Kelly Irish-American Song-sheet catalogue launch 2023

    Launch of an archive of 1,099 printed Irish-American song-lyrics and music sheets from the years c. 1840-1940. It was catalogued by Fintan Vallely in early 2020, and printed off as a limited-run hard copy book to be launched on March 19th, 2020.

  • 13 March, 2023 · 1:00 PM -2:00 PM


    Fintan Vallely gives a one-hour lunchtime recital of Irish Traditional music on concert flute at this centre-city venu

  • 7 February, 2020

    Ón gCos go Cluas – From Dancing to Listening

    32 papers from the 2012 NAFCo conference on Traditional music. Hard copy book available from March 1st, 2020.

  • 18 August, 2019

    The Sight of Sound: Traditional music in Irish Art

    As one of the presentations in Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann, 2019, in Drogheda, Fintan Vallely gave a talk on the images of Traditional music in Irish art from the eighteenth century through to the present day.

  • 17 August, 2019

    Compánach at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann

    The Compánach audio-visual concert was performed in The Barbican Centre, Drogheda at 2pm and 5pm on Saturday, 17th August as part of Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann.

  • 14 August, 2019

    Music by the Vallelys of Armagh

    The Humours of Blundell’s Grange - Music by the Vallelys of Armagh - was performed in the Muintearas concert series at Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann in the Droichead Arts Centre, Drogheda, Wednesday, August 14th, 2019. Taking part were Brian (uilleann pipes); Eithne (fiddle); Dara (uilleann pipes); Caoimhín (fiddle & piano); Cillian (uilleann pipes); Sheena (flute); Fintan (flute, song); Juliette Conlon-Hamill (ballad).

  • 26 January, 2019

    Compánach at Hammersmith Irish Centre, London

    Compánach performed at the Hammersmith Irish Centre London, with Tiarnán Ó Duinnchinn on pipes, Fintan Vallely on flute, Gerry O'Connor on fiddle, Róisín Chambers, song and fiddle, and dance with Sibéal Davitt.

  • 1 April, 2018

    Compánach at the National Folk Festival, Canberra

    Compánach at a landmark, prestigious Australian festival. Members of the group also playing in various recitals and ceilidh-dance sessions, as well as doing tuition on flute, fiddle, sean-nós step-dance and singing. On this occasion Liz Doherty played fiddle.

Flute teaching at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy July 9-14

Compánach in Belgium, Luxembourg & Cork

Edward Bunting festival, Belfast, 17 February, 1pm

Powerful new paintings of musicians in Dublin

Irish Traditional Music 100 years on from 1916

China meets Ireland – Traditional and new Irish & Chinese music

Do singing practices need a re-think? Article in Béaloideas 81

From amateur professional to professional amateur … reflections on the Traditional singing genre (Monaco, PGIL)

North Atlantic Fiddle Organisation Convention 2012 (University of Ulster, Derry)

Companion selected as 11th out of 7,000 in US books rating

Flute performance in ‘News’, by Brendan Ellis, at Ranelaghfest, Dublin

Fleadh Cheoil na hÉireann lecture – Myth and Majesty in the Rise of the Irish Drum (Cavan)

The invigorating enablement of a perfect past for Irish music (Newfoundland)

Ben Lennon – the Tailor’s Twist Book Launch

Cartoonist/songwriter Brian Moore Concert in Belfast

Lecture-performance for USIT Summer School, Trinity College

Digital Tír na nÓg in 2011

Cold Case Bodh-rán – shaking a stick at the origin myths of the Irish drum (Clare)

NPU, Dublin: Hunting for borr- áne – Guest paper on the tambourine in Ireland

Guest Lecture to Keough-Naughton Institute for Irish Studies, University of Notre Dame, Indiana

Guest Lecture at Threads and Yarns Cultural Forum, Foxford, Co. Mayo

Willie Clancy week Tribute to the McPeake Family

Galong, NSW, Australia – Guest Paper to Shamrock in the Bush

Melbourne – Monash University Guest Paper

Féile John McGrath, Westport, lecture – the flute in Ireland

Guest Lecture at Cruinniú na bhFliút, Coolea, Co. Cork.

Second Conference on Irish Traditional Music – Crosbhealach an Cheoil 2003

First Conference on Irish Traditional Music – Crosbhealach an Cheoil 1996