Tag Archives: Irish Flute

Mike Rafferty (flute)

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Mike Rafferty was an Irish flute player from Ballinakill in Co. Galway, who emigrated to the US and became a major figure in Irish traditional music there.
Born in 1926, he learned his music from his father Barrell Rafferty, who played flute and uilleann pipes. In 1949 he emigrated to the US where he married and raised a family of 5.

He toured all over the US with the group the Green Fields of America, and was influential in the early days of Comhaltas, as a member of the Martin Mulvihill Branch.
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Vincent Broderick’s Reel (Midsummer’s Night) – Irish Flute

Vincent Broderick’s reel or Midsummer’s Night, reel on Irish flute associated with the Irish flute player Vincent Broderick. See also Broderick’s Jig and the Haunted House, two other tunes associated with him.

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John McKenna (flute)

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John McKenna was an influential Irish flute player. Born in 1880 in Tarmon, Co Leitrim, he worked in the Arigna coal mines before emigrating to the States in 1911, where he settled in New York. He made 60 recordings (78s) between 1921 and 1937, including several duets with violinist James Morrisson. He was among the first to make recordings of Irish traditional music, with James Morrisson (fiddle), Patsy Tuohy (uilleann pipes) and other emigrant musicians, at the time of Francis O’Neill’s book “The Dance Music of Ireland.

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Cruinniu – hornpipe & 2 reels

The group Cruinniu playing at the Cooley/Collins festival, with 3 tunes : the Boys of Bluehill and 2 reels. With Jack Talty (keyboard), Ann Marie Grogan (flute), Caitlíin Nic Gabhann (concertina), Siobhán O’Donnell (bodhrán and vocals), Damien O’Reilly (accordion) and Áine Bird (fiddle).

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Peter Horan & Matt Molloy (Irish flute)

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Peter Horan & Matt Molloy play 3 reels at the Gradam Ceoil ceremony in 2002. The tunes are the Boys of the Lough, the Devils of Dublin and the Humours of Lissadell

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