Michael McGoldrick is an influential Irish flute, low whistle and uilleann pipe player from Manchester who  has been a prominent figure in the folk music scene since the early 1990s. He has a uniquely creative style of flute playing, flowing and ornamented with use of “blue notes” and outside influences, all while staying anchored in the Irish tradition.

Growing up in a family with a strong Irish heritage, McGoldrick was exposed to traditional Irish music from a young age. This early exposure played a significant role in shaping his musical style. He started playing the tin whistle before moving on to the flute. He was a member of the band Toss the Feathers while still in his teens, where he began to gain recognition for his talent.

Over the years, McGoldrick has been involved in various bands and collaborations. He co-founded the influential band Flook and later joined Capercaillie, a Scottish folk band. His collaborations extend beyond traditional Irish music, working with artists in genres ranging from rock to world music.

McGoldrick has released several solo albums which have been well-received. His solo work often showcases his skill in both traditional Irish music and his ability to blend this with other genres.

While primarily known for his flute playing, McGoldrick is also proficient in other instruments, including the uilleann pipes and the low whistle. His style is noted for its creativity and innovation, often incorporating elements of jazz and other musical traditions into his playing. He has received numerous accolades for his musicianship, including awards from BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards and other organizations recognizing folk music.

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