Irish Music Historian & Author
For the past twelve years, Richie has been researching and collecting the legacies of traditional musicians of the Irish diaspora in Chicago. He has now written and published a book, entitled Cry of a People Gone, covering Irish musicians in Chicago from 1920-2020.
Praise for Cry of a People Gone
What Piggott’s done for Chicago music here is amazing because he really changes the game... Cry of a People Gone is brilliant. Substantial in feel, it’s an incredible marriage of primary source and archival material that tells an engaging story about Irish people and music in America. Piggott’s expansive research reveals an impressive gallery of musicians who helped shape traditional music and it covers a lot of very interesting ground along the way. Ultimately, this is a truly outstanding book that every fan of Irish music should own... if you’re looking for a Christmas gift idea for the traditional musician in your life, you wouldn’t go wrong with this!
Piggott augments and extends O'Neill's documentation into the 21st century... an impressive amount of information... a rich, detailed view of the lives of people who came from Ireland and made a life in Chicago... Piggott's work is sure to become a classic in Irish musical history and preserves the legacy of those who loved, collected and played Irish music.