Fintan Vallely is a musician, writer, and researcher in Irish Traditional music. Since producing the first tutor for Irish flute in 1986, he has written and edited numerous books on Irish music, including Tuned Out - Protestant Perceptions of Traditional Music in Northern Ireland (2008). He has taught at the National University of Ireland Maynooth, University of Ulster, Dundalk Institute of Technology and Trinity College, Dublin, and was honoured with an Adjunct Professorship with University College, Dublin in 2013 and 2023. An initiator of conferences on Irish Traditional music (Crosbhealach an Cheoil in 1996 and 2003, and NAFCo in 2012), his PhD is on the flute in Ireland, and his major work is the encyclopedia Companion to Irish Traditional Music (1999, 2011 and [t.b.p.] 2021). Now focusing on research and didactic performance, he has researched the origins of the bodhrán, catalogued the Grace Kelly Irish-American song-sheet archive in Monaco, and performs Compánach, a complementary audio-visual concert show, CD and DVD based on the Companion books.