Sound pictures

Brian (J.B.) Vallely could be genuinely said to be a Renaissance man – since the founder of the Armagh Pipers Club is, of course, also one of Ireland’s foremost painters and a stalwart of the Armagh Athletics Club.


Ómós: Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin

Mícheál Ó Súilleabháin – musician, composer, academic and artist – died recently after a long illness. Like many musicians before him, he has left a wonderful catalogue of audio and video recordings of his inspired performances of both traditional airs and new compositions. But, uniquely his legacy includes the realisation of his panoramic cultural vision in the form of the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance on the campus of the University of Limerick.

Alec Finn Bouzouki player from Oranmore County Galway, photographed in Oranmore Castle, which he owns.

Ómós: Alec Finn

Alec Finn, one of the twin pillars at the heart of the acclaimed traditional group, De Danann, died in November at the age of 74. A multi-instrumentalist who was best known for his prowess on the bouzouki, Alec made a significant contribution to the development of traditional music.


Ómós: Tommy Peoples

The master fiddle-player, Tommy Peoples, died prematurely in August at the age of 69. One of the most influential artists in his field as well as a prolific composer of music in the traditional style, Quiet-spoken and modest, Tommy’s genuine humility belied a prodigious talent.