Andy Kruspe

In addition to his love of performance, Andy is also passionate about the academic side of this uniqely Irish instrument. He co-presented a session on the bodhrán at the 2013 Percussive Arts Society International Convention (PASIC), has taught many workshops and clinics at several universities and colleges, and has published a comprehensive method, The Bodhrán Primer. He finished his second book, Playing the Tune (a method of techniques for accompanying Irish traditional tunes), in summer of 2015 and his third book (First Steps) aimed at beginners in 2017. Andrew holds Master of Music and Bachelor of Music degree and will talk about “Latest Developments in Bodhrán Techniques”


Fintan Vallely

Fintan Vallely is a musician, writer and speaker in and on Traditional music. A performer since his younger teens in the early 1960s, he has travelled widely playing music – in Ireland, Europe, Scandinavia, Canada, the USA, Asia and Australia, and in 1986 was the author of Timber, the first tutor for Irish flute. He teaches flute at Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy (summer school) in Co. Clare annually and at workshops internationally.

  • Performer on flute, Ireland and world-wide since 1967
  • Workshop teacher on flute – Scoil Samhraidh Willie Clancy since 1986, Cruinniú na Bhfliúit Ballyvourney, and internationally at Tocane, France; and Friday Harbor, Minneapolis and Catskills in the USA.
  • Five albums of solo and group music
  • Written /edited 16 books on Traditional music and musicians
  • Hundreds of album, book and gig newspaper reviews
  • Articles, reviews and critiques on major publications and issues in musicological and cultural journals
  • Three major conferences organised
  • Numerous conference papers
  • Original research on: the flute in Ireland; the bodhrán; music and identity; and political applications of music
  • Comprehensive audiovisual, live and DVD/movie, documentary concert with music from all 32 counties on the island of Ireland.
  • Twenty years of university and post-graduate levels lecturing and course design in Traditional music
  • Specialised guest lectures in Ireland, Britain, USA and Australia

Fintan will tell the “Story of the Irish Bodhrán”.