Seamus Tansey – Irish Flute

Séamus Tansey, flute player from County Sligo, playing 2 reels on the Irish flute.  Tansey is one of the references of the “Sligo Style” in Irish flute playing: a fast and ornamlented style with long phrases, and a tendency to variations in the melody. The playing is rhythmic, while still  fairly legato, with phrases articulated by the diaphragm and fingered ornamentation.

Tansey’s style is particularly dramatic and he uses motifs like descending triplets and note-jumps to vary the melody line; compare his version of the Shaskeen with the written version…

Seamus Tansey was born in 1943 in Gurteen, Co. Sligo, in a region known for its flute players. He began on the whistle,got his first flute in 1961 and won the All Ireland Fleadh in Thurles in 1965. He recordedi 5 albums, one with Eddie Corcoran,and had a big influence on succeeding generations of flute players. His style is still very traditional: his accompanying instrument of choice in his recordings was the piano, played in the traditional style.

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