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Flook confirmed for @TradFestival 2023


30 Nov 22
by Nathon Jones

Flook (C) Naoki Fujioka

We are absolutely thrilled to confirm Flook for next year's Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival - 7th-9th July 2023. Brian Finnegan, Sarah Allen, Ed Boyd and John Joe Kelly will perform on the Saturday of the festival in the Festival Marquee. Weekend passes on sale now!

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.

“Tour de force return after decade and a half – a luminous reunion ****” - The Irish Times

“Flook’s role and influence in the exploding excellence of instrumental folk music of various persuasions on these islands shouldn’t be underestimated… as vital as ever … Class is indeed permanent” - fRoots

“Virtuoso playing abounds … the most creative bodhran player on the planet … superb technique plus a genuine feel and some stonking tunes is a powerful recipe” - MOJO

“Flook are back with a bang, and better than ever – a very welcome return from one of folk’s finest bands” - Irish Music Magazine

“Nothing short of transcendent… No other band sound like Flook and the new material has pushed them to new, exhilarating heights.” - Songlines - Live review

“Iconic, ground-breaking, progressive and all-round brilliant” - Lynette Fay, BBC Radio Ulster

“Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music” - Time Out

Official Flook Website

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