Irish flute player Peter Horan was born in Killavil, Sligo, in 1926. His mother played the fiddle and concertina, in a region where the fiddle was the predominant instrument. Surrounded by fiddlers, Horan developed a unique style on the flute; he also plays the fiddle, influenced by Michael Coleman and the music of southern Sligo.
The group Boys of the Lough was formed in 1967, and is still making music today. Their first album, Boys of the Lough, was released in 1972 with Cathal McConnell (flute, song) Robin Morton (song, bodhran, concertina) Aly Bain (fiddle) and Dick Gaughan (song, guitar)
Their music mixes the Irish and Scottish traditions with outside influences like Scandinavian music. In a career spanning over 30 years, they have released 20 albums.
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. Continue reading