Ross Daly Trio

Ross Daly, an Irish musician who lives in Crete, encompasses in his singular musical language all the musical traditions of the East - from India, through Persia to Turkey and Greece - and focuses on the Cretan lyra, an instrument that is a close relative of the kemence.

He leads a trio comprising fellow Cretan lyra player Kelly Thoma and Australian multi instrumentalist Paddy Montgomery. The three musicians form an immediate intimacy, and each gesture sparks a supportive answer from the others. Daly's playing resonates with many distant and ancient overtones, but all melts now into his unifying language.

Many years before what we call "World Music" appeared on the scene, certain individuals had already understood the enormous value and vast variety of the world's various musical traditions and had dedicated their lives to their study. One such person is Ross Daly. Although of Irish descent, Ross Daly does not really fit into any particular ethnic stereotype given that his life has been spent in many different parts of the world and his home for the last 35 years is the island of Crete in Greece.

Ross Daly, at a very early age, discovered that music was, in his own words, "the language of my dialogue with that which I perceive to be sacred". This dialogue eventually led him to the great modal traditions of the Middle East, Central Asia, and the Indian Subcontinent where he finally found the musical archetypes that he had been searching for all his life. In these traditions he encountered music which was not merely a vehicle of self-expression, but which was able to take one beyond what one normally perceived to be the boundaries of one's self into other trans-personal realms of experience.