A native of Drogheda, Co Louth, Nicholas Carolan was, until 2015, Director of the Irish Traditional Music Archive in Dublin since its foundation in 1987. An archivist, researcher, writer and public lecturer on Irish traditional music, he was Secretary of the Folk Music Society of Ireland 1977–92, and lectured on Irish traditional music in Trinity College Dublin 1985–98.
He is best known as researcher and presenter of the longest-running ever series of television programmes on Irish music (1994–2014) — the RTÉ series Come West Along the Road and its Irish-language version for TG4 Siar an Bóthar.
He came to Borris in 2015 on the week he retired from nearly 30 years at the helm of ITMA to talk about one of the great song-collectors, Frank Harte. His fellow panellists that day were Philip King, Donal Lunny and Nuala O'Connor.