| Live Event
| Art Lecture, Music

Blue Notes and Long Notes (Lecture & Performance by photographer James Fraher) 

Wednesday August 30, 2023
Chicago, 1991
Show Date & Time:
Wednesday August 30, 7:00pm
Ticket Price:

Free Admission (Registration Essential)

Running Time:

75 Minutes

During this lecture, James Fraher discusses his current exhibition and weaves stories about his fieldwork and approach to meeting/photographing Blues and Irish musicians from the 1970’s to the present day. James will share the musician’s spoken words while his photographs provide a backdrop to the presentation. During the second half of the programme, James will play some traditional and original blues on acoustic and slide guitar. 

This programme will be of interest to fans of blues and of Irish traditional music and to people interested in photography.

Born in Chicago, James Fraher currently lives in County Sligo. He has had a long career and passion for creating portraits of musicians stemming from a combination of playing and listening to music along with a desire to meet the creators and purveyors of the music he so cares about.

Fraher’s photographs have appeared on over one hundred fifty music recording covers and in publications including: Irish Arts Review; Irish America; Irish American News; BBC News; Living Blues; Guitar Player; Downbeat; Juke Blues; Texas Highways; Rolling Stone; Chicago Tribune; Chicago Sun Times; and in The Blues a documentary series produced by Martin Scorsese.

Fraher’s photographs are in the permanent collections of the Smithsonian Institution, the Chicago Blues Archive at the Harold Washington Library Center, the University of Mississippi Blues Archive, Oxford, MS, and Woodson Research Center at Rice University, Houston, TX. Photographs by James have been exhibited in museums and galleries in the United States, Ireland, Scotland, Italy and France.

James Fraher’s awards include the Keeping the Blues Alive Award presented by the Blues Foundation in Memphis, TN, 1996. Fraher has co-produced a number of music recordings including: The Lost American Bluesmen, Shadetree label; Big Boss Lady, Johnnie Mae Dunson, Lakada label; One’s Own Place, Kevin Henry; One Out of the Fort, Johnny Henry; and Farewell to Evening Dances, Colm O’Donnell all on the Bogfire label.


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