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Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. There is certainly no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.
Twenty four years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. With their new album Ancora out in 2019, it’s plain to see that, with their roots firmly anchored in the tradition, Flook are holding fast to their reputation as major musical innovators.
Formed over 20 years ago by four friends, Flook burst onto the international music scene with their debut studio album, Flatfish. The band had a remarkably successful performing and recording career – the sheer enjoyment of playing together shined through their albums. But it was their live performances that really captured the hearts of those who watched and listened. The rapport between these four musicians and the sheer enjoyment they developed in playing together, was commented on by audiences and critics alike. Having won Best Band at BBC Folk Awards 2006, Flook took a break in 2008, but they didn’t stay silent for long, continuing to play occasional concerts together. The last four years have seen them performing at choice festivals and venues at home and abroad. There is no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this sensational Anglo-Irish group stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.
‘Iconic, ground-breaking, progressive and all-round brilliant’ BBC Radio Ulster
‘Multi-layered, rhythmically sophisticated and meltingly beautiful’ Glasgow Sunday Herald
‘Never have I seen so many people so completely and utterly spellbound…the most magical of experiences’ The Irish Post
‘Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music’ Time Out