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Attend the Book Launch May 12, 1p.m Central Time by clicking here!

Join us to launch In Nearly Every House, Irish Traditional Musicians of North Connacht, with author Greg Daly, photographer James Fraher, interviewed by Brian Leyden. With music from the musicians throughout the night and audience Q&A, this will be an evening of traditional music and insights into this magical world to savour.

About the Book:
In Nearly Every House contains biographies along with black and white photographs featuring over one hundred traditional musicians from counties Sligo, Leitrim, Roscommon and Mayo. Through the author’s unique personal and musical connection to the musicians of the North Connacht region, he uses a conversational interview style to draw out their stories, revealing both the individual and collective experience within that tradition.
Musician/writer Fintan Vallely states in the book foreword: “As the story of the music self-identity of this region is tenderly revealed through a respectful, unhurried text and clear, contemplative images, the reader slips into step with the mutually complementary, researched, written words and the eye of the camera.”
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Gregory Daly is a flute player from south Donegal. He identifies the music he plays as part of the North Leitrim /South Sligo tradition. A musician since the late 1960s, Gregory learned from an older generation of musicians such as Pakie Duignan, Brian McGovern, Peter Horan, Fred Finn, Jim Donoghue and Sonny McDonagh. Through Gregory’s unique personal and musical connection to North Connacht musicians, his conversational interview style reveals both the individual and collective experience within that tradition. Gregory has produced numerous CD compilations featuring North Connacht music including four Coleman Archive volumes as well as independent projects As We Got Them and The Rose In The Heather. Gregory authored a performance piece, New Republic, featuring the fictional voice of Michael Coleman first performed at the Coleman Music Centre in 2015.

James Fraher uses photography to document unique cultural aspects of people and places. His commissions have appeared on the covers of numerous music recordings and in publications including Living Blues, Downbeat, Irish Arts Review and Texas Highways. His photographs have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and France. James is the author/photographer of The Blues is a Feeling: Voices and Visions of African-American Blues Musicians. He was the photographer for the books Down in Houston: Bayou City Blues and Texas Zydeco by author Roger Wood. His Irish book projects include: Stories from a Sacred Landscape; Lumen Christi: The Stained Glass Windows of Mount Saint Joseph Abbey; and Derrinlough Briquette Factory. James currently resides in County Sligo.

Brian Leyden is a novelist, short story writer, memoirist, screenwriter and editor. His stories and essays have been widely anthologised and broadcast on Irish radio. Most recently he received the Arts Council of Ireland Covid-19 Response Award (2020). ‘Hawkswell Theatre: Come Together Writers and Composers’, (2020): ‘Walking Birds’ Mountain’ - Creative Ireland Sligo, and the Factory Theatre ‘psychogeographical’ project (2018/2019) for the Tread Softly Festival. He was National Writer in Residence for the Bealtaine Festival (2016), and toured Ireland with his spoken word show, ‘Old Flames’. He has published essays in Winter Papers II ed Kevin Barry & Olive Smith; Fermata: writings inspired by music, ed Vincent Woods & Eva Bourke. Current publications are Sweet Old World: New and Selected Stories, The Home Place, and Summer of ’63.

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