Various Artists | Wooden Flute Obsession vol. 1

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Wooden Flute Obsession vol. 1

by Various Artists

A great introduction to the world of Irish traditional flute playing, this *2-CD* compilation utilizes over 40 world class flute players to illustrate the variety of regional and individual expressive elements of playing the Irish flute.
Genre: Folk: Irish Traditional
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1. Garry Shannon (3:34 Reels) Windwood (The Fox on the Town/Lady of
3:37 album only
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2. Eamonn Cotter (3:36 Reels) The Golden Keyboard/Ambrose Moloney's
3:39 album only
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3. Marcas Ó Murchú (4:22 Jigs) Maho Snaps/Get Up Old Woman & Shak
4:23 album only
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4. Michael McGoldrick (4:39 Reels) Teehan's (Terry Teehans/Her Long
4:42 album only
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5. Catherine McEvoy (2:39 Reels) The Duke of Leinster/The Ladies Pa
2:40 album only
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6. Marcus Hernon (4:22 Air) The Invisible Corncrake
4:24 album only
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7. Seamus Tansey (2:29 Reels) Mick Flatley's Delight/Ed Reavy's Fav
2:31 album only
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8. Barry Kerr (3:35 Jig/Reel) Ships in Full Sail/The Three Sisters
3:38 album only
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9. Deirdre Havlin (3:21 Highland/Reel) The Mighty Clansmen (King Ge
3:22 album only
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10. Noel Rice (2:15 Slip Jig) The Choice Wife
2:18 album only
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11. Josie McDermott (2:59 Reels) The Kerry Man/The Pigeon on the Gat
3:03 album only
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12. Laurence Nugent (3:56 Jigs) Old Hag You Have Killed Me/Pride of
3:59 album only
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13. Mike Rafferty (2:02 Reels) The Hard Road to Travel/Shanks Mare
2:06 album only
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14. Loretto Reid (3:54 Waltz) Leon's Waltz
3:57 album only
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15. Liam Kelly The Hungry Rock
4:20 album only
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16. Colm O'Donnell (3:10 Jigs) The Battering Ram/The Besom in Bloom
3:13 album only
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17. Jimmy Noonan (2:59 Reels) Courting Them All/Denis Murphy's Miss
3:02 album only
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18. Hammy Hamilton (1:55 Reels) The Dark Haired Lass (Mick Hoy's)/Bo
1:58 album only
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19. Turlach Boylan Johnny's Wedding/Colonel Rodney's
3:55 album only
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20. Tom Doorley Are You Ready Yet?
2:14 album only
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21. John Skelton (4:07 Air/Barndance) The Fire in the Hearth/Around
4:10 album only
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22. Cathal McConnell (3:43 Jigs) Scotland-Ireland/The Hangover/The F
3:45 album only
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23. Niall Keegan (3:29 Reels) Dunmore Lasses/My Love is in America
3:31 album only
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24. John Wynne (3:41 Reels) The Ballinafad Fancy/Lady Anne Montgomer
3:44 album only
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25. Martin Gaffney (2:21 Polkas) The Dark Haired Girl Dressed in Blu
2:24 album only
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26. Joanie Madden (5:31 Reels) Molly Ban/Paddy Lynn's Delite/Jack Mc
5:34 album only
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27. Paul McGrattan (3:50 Air) Easter Snow
3:53 album only
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28. Mark Roberts (3:47 Jigs) Boys of the Town/The Rollicking Boys of
3:50 album only
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29. Skip Healy (2:50 Reels) Silver Spear/Glen Allen/Bay of Fundy
2:54 album only
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30. Sylvain Barou (4:12 Reels) Clare's Reel/The Silver Reel/Brendan'
4:14 album only
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31. Grey Larsen (4:53 Jigs) The Walls of Liscarroll/Maguire's Kick/T
4:55 album only
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32. Eoghan MacAogáin (2:54 Air) Sé Fáth Mo Bhuartha
2:57 album only
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33. Fintan Vallely (4:01 Reels) Miss Chalmer's Reel/Brian Gibson's R
4:04 album only
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34. Hanz Araki (3:40 Hornpipes) The Plains of Boyle/The Ballyoran Ho
3:43 album only
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35. June Ní Chormaic (2:36 Reels, Live) Fred Finn's/Fr. Newman's Re
2:39 album only
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36. Micho Russell (2:32 Reels, Live) The Fermoy Lassies/The Reel wit
2:35 album only
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37. Seamus Egan (2:46 Reels) The Maid of Galway (medley)
2:49 album only
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38. Terry Coyne (4:26 Reels) Contentment is Wealth/Tom Ward's Downfa
4:29 album only
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39. Matt Molloy (2:12 Reel) Drowsie Maggie
2:14 album only
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40. Frankie Kennedy (3:10 Reels) The Cat That Ate the Candle/Over th
3:13 album only
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41. Jean-Michel Veillon Ton Per Bodouin/Dans Fisel
3:31 album only

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
Each track incorporates a variety of techniques of articulation, breath, phrasing, rhythm, tone & timbre. It is also a unique reference for students of the flute and of the music.

Many like to describe the world of traditional Irish flute playing as existing along an axis between those who think the instrument is played with the fingers and those that think that it is all embodied, about what happens between diaphragm and embouchure. Of course, the best players think it is about both. Just listen to the rhythm created by the rolling, octave jumping style of Seamus Tansey, a complete player.

All these elements (and many others) have led to the development of one of the most wonderfully diverse instrumental traditions in the western world. This diversity has been complicated in recent years by musicians such as Jean-Michel Veillon, Grey Larsen, and Mick McGoldrick looking to the new international landscape of music. These flute players can't help themselves from drawing foreign elements into their own performance from traditions such as jazz, Indian flute playing, and, 150 years late, the western art tradition.

All the players here are innovators, re-creating traditional music according to their own aesthetic model, sometimes faithful to ideas of tradition, but always individual. Indeed it could be argued that the most innovative and creative musicians are those that develop their performance behind the high walls of tradition. Musicians such as Eamonn Cotter, Noel Rice, Turlach Boylan, Jimmy Noonan, John Wynne, and Cathal McConnell certainly have the ability to knock these walls down but decide not to, achieving distinctiveness by the most difficult route. Many such players are keeping faith with their idea of a regional style and are often attempting to create interpretations of such styles on this relatively new instrument.

In nearly all the regional traditions of Ireland the fiddle is central. Perhaps the history of the flute in Ireland can be characterised by flute players such as Frankie Kennedy approaching these fiddle traditions with sensitivity, not just trying to fit in with these regional voices but to add to them. Perhaps the journey of one who could be regarded as the greatest fluter of us all, Matt Molloy, can be characterized as a negotiation of the great piping tradition embodied by Seamus Ennis and Liam O'Flynn. In doing so Molloy established the first of what I once heard Séamus MacMathúna describe as cosmopolitan styles, typified here by Barry Kerr, Tom Doorley, Liam Kelly, and Deirdre Havlin, among others.

This double CD, though very much one of contemporary flute playing, is a testament to the tradition that has gone before it. Echoes of the humour of Tom Morrison can be heard in John Skelton's throaty style, and the vibrancy of John McKenna in the forceful Sligo polkas of Martin Gaffney. It is great that two relatively recently deceased bastions of tradition, Micho Russell and Josie McDermott are here, illustrating that the music of past masters is as relevant to the future of traditional music, if not more so, than all so-called 'innovations'. This is made obvious by the inclusion of tracks by Garry Shannon and Marcus Ó Murchú who have kept the music of these two respectively alive in their own recordings.

The ethnomusicologist, Alan Lomax, spoke of the cultural greyout that he believed would be the damnation of the new global cultural economy. The Irish flute, mass-produced in a different culture, acquired through migration and the adoption of 'other' performance practices in the flute bands, should be an obvious example of cultural conformity and blandness. But here you can hear the fallacy of the Lomax thesis. The artillery effect and precision of Hammy Hamilton's northern blast; the peaceful but troubled flow of Mike Rafferty's East Galway idyll; the west Clare complexity of Eamonn Cotter's fingers; the American optimism and verve of Skip Healy and the stupendous technical wizardry of Sylvain Barou represent just a small part of the diversity of sounds made by so-called 'Irish' fluters.

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