Research and Academic Writing


Journal Books and chapters

  • 2011 08: (tbp) The Leitrim Thrush - Ben Lennon of Kiltyclogher (ethnography of a Leitrim fiddle player), with photographer Jacque Pirapez.
  • 2011 07: (tbp)The Companion to Irish Traditional Music (second ed.). Cork 780pp) Cork: Cork University Press.
  • 2011 10: Vallely, F. Learn to Play The Irish Flute (instrument tutor, 178pp). Dublin: Waltons Music.
  • 2008: Vallely, F., Tuned Out – Traditional Music and Identity in Northern Ireland. Cork: Cork University Press
  • 2008: Vallely, F., JB Vallely Retrospective: Painting, music and sport in the life of the Armagh painter (350pp, large format Art edition). Belfast: Emer Gallery.
  • 2008: Vallely, F. Sing up! Comic Songs and Satires of Modern Ireland. Dublin: Dedalus Press.
  • 2004: Vallely, F. (ed.) The Companion to Irish Traditional Music (paperback ed.). Cork (478pp) Cork: Cork University Press.
  • 2004: Vallely, F. From fifth column to pillar of society - observations on the political implications of popular revival and education in Irish Traditional music in modern Ireland. Cork: University College Cork Traditional Music Society.
  • 2004 03: Vallely, F. -  ‘Singing the boundaries: regional distinctiveness expressed through Traditional music, essay in ESRC proceedings, 2002,  LIT Verlag (Berlin & London).
  • 2003 12: Vallely, F. - ‘The Apollos of Shamrockery: Traditional Musics in the Modern Age, chapter in Bohlman, P. and Stokes, M. (eds.) Europe Inside Out: Ethnomusicology and Modernities, Vol. 1, ’Celtic Modern' , New York: Scarecrow Press.
  • 2001: Vallely, F. ‘Together in Time, the life times and music of John Kennedy of Cullybackey’. , Magherafelt: Lough Shore Traditions Group.
  • 2000: Vallely, F. A Work of Art – the life and work of painter JB Vallely. Belfast: The Emer Gallery.
  • 1999: Vallely, F. Crosbhealach an Cheoil - The Crossroads Conference Papers (ed., with Hamilton, H., Doherty, L. and Vallely, E.) Dublin: Whinstone Music.
  • 1998: Vallely, F. The Blooming Meadows - the  Soul of Traditional Music. (with Piggott, C. and Nutan). Dublin: Townhouse.
  • 1986: Vallely, F. [and reprints up to 2009] Timber - the concert flute tutor. Dublin: Walton’s Publishing; New Edition tbp. Waltons, Dublin, 2008.


  • 2010 09: The Companion to Irish Traditional Music (second ed.). Cork (650pp) Cork: Cork University Press.
  • 2009: Entries for EMIR – The Encyclopaedia of Music in Ireland. (Tbp 2011) Dublin: Four Courts Press.
  • 2004: Vallely, F. (ed.) The Companion to Irish Traditional Music (paperback ed.). Cork (478pp) Cork: Cork University Press.
  • 2004 02: Vallely, F. Ed., Ireland Encyclopaedia (Traditional music contributor, 10,000 words), Ruckenstein, L. and O’Malley, J. (eds.), New York, Ballantine Books.
  • 2003 08: Vallely, F. Ed., The Encyclopaedia of Ireland (Traditional music editor of this publication [entries on traditional music c. 40,000 words]), Dublin: Gill & Macmillan.
  • 1999: Vallely, F. (ed.) The Companion to Irish Traditional Music (ed). Cork (478 pp) Cork: Cork University Press, with New York University Press. 2nd Edition (650 pp) tbp. Cork University Press, 2010.


  • 2011 08: Research and writing of The Leitrim Thrush - Ben Lennon of Kiltyclogher (ethnography of a Leitrim fiddle player), with photographer Nutan Jacques Pirapez.
  • 2010–08: Full time research on information-based, 500k-word encyclopaedia and support website project ‘Companion to Irish Traditional Music’
  • 2008-09: Assessing the history of the Irish Bodhrán Drum – work undertaken at The Department of Irish Folklore, University College Dublin, the National Library of Ireland, Trinity College Manuscripts Dept., National Museum of Ireland, Castlebar, and the Royal Irish Academy
  • 2008: Cataloguing the Irish American, Tin Pan Alley song sheets at the Princess Grace Irish Library, Monaco
  • 2006: Richard Henebry – Irish Ethnomusicologist of the early 20th century’ – research at Phonogrammarchiv, Berlin.
  • 2006: Strand 1 award to fund The Shapes of Melody – Music and Movement (completion 2008 11). Researcher,  Oisín Mac Diarmada (BA Hons)
  • 2004 03: Completion of PhD Flute research project – title Flute Routes to 21st Century Ireland
  • 2003 03: Observation of Fasnacht flute ritual in Basel, Switzerland
  • 2003-01: Observation of turn-of-year Community flute ritual in Aberdeenshire, Scotland.
  • 2002 02: Assessment of fife and drum museum at Ivorytown, Connecticut, USA.
  • 2002 03: Interviews with flute players in Co. Sligo and Mayo.
  • 2001 08: Researching fife and drum social practice at Westbrook, Connecticut, USA
  • 2001 08: assessing of Dayton Miller Flute Archive at the Library of Congress, Washington, DC., USA.
  • 2001 10: Research and compilation of teaching-learning CD representing all educationally-required elements of Traditional Irish music.
  • 2000: Cultural Commissar of Popular Political Ideology - The Entry Of The Flute to Irish Traditional Music – initiation of PhD research project on flute in political and recreational life.
  • 1995-2002: Compilation of database of performance venues and occasions, and professional service facilities, related to Traditional music in Ireland (for Arts Council of Northern Ireland).
  • 1995: Field trip to Bulgaria to assess Traditional music educational facilities (for Siamsa Tíre, Tralee, Co. Kerry and Co. Cork Vocational Education Committee).
  • 1992: Cape Breton Island, Nova Scotia: comparative observations on Scottish Traditional Music In Exile - Its Practice Today.
  • 1991: Bulgaria: investigation of Folk Music teaching structures in first, second and third level education (An Comhairle Ealaíon - Arts Council of Ireland part sponsorship).