From: Sarah Allen / FLOOK [sarah_at_flook_dot_co_dot_uk]
Sent: 04 October 2006 15:25
Subject: FLOOK NEWS : October Update


Welcome to Flook News. Here are our tour dates for October and into the Autumn. We are heading to Canada this weekend, followed by Spain, and various gigs in UK. We're particularly looking forward to our appearance at Armagh's Piping Festival on Saturday November 18th, alongside Lunasa ( and Buille ( For those of you who don't know, Armagh is Brian's home town, and the Piping Club there is where he learnt to play. The annual Piping Festival is always a feast of music, and this year they are celebrating their 40th Anniversary, so it should be lots of fun. More details below, and you will find all our tour dates are regularly updated at:

And while you're there, have a glance at Ed's Summer Gigs Round Up on our Road Page at:
Apologies to any of you who turned up at Cornwall's Equinox Fayre a week or two ago. It was cancelled at 24 hours notice, due to very extreme weather conditions.
We'll be taking a few months off touring at the start of next year, as we are delighted to announce that Sarah is expecting a baby in February. There may still be the odd appearance in January and the lads plan to undertake the March tour of USA as planned but with a surprise guest, to be announced.
Meanwhile, Brian sent this report from his Mountain Marathon: "It was 'Misson Accomplished' by Brian and his team mate Diarmaid Moynihan in the Lowe Alpine Mourne Marathon. From the 141 teams that set out on Sat morning, 114 made it back to Tollymore forest Co.Down on Sunday afternoon. At the overnight camp the two guys were 30th fastest team and improved on that to finish 26th overall. It was a fantastic achievement on a personal level and an even greater one to have raised well over £2000 for the Macmillan childrens cancer nurses in the RVH Belfast. The webpage will continue accepting donations until it expires on 16/11/2006. Both Brian and Diarmaid want to say the hugest THANK YOU to all of you who got involved, they had summer sunshine all weekend and were carried through the hardest moments on a wave of your love and support. A special word of thanks also goes out to Dustin Clarke of who sponsored the boys with high performance mountainhardware jackets and aerodynamic running tops so they not only did the business, they looked it too! So it's back to fluting and uillean piping.......for now!!"
There's one more gig to mention. Brian will be appearing in Parallelogram on 1 November 2006, as part of Folk in the Fall at London's South Bank Centre. According to their press release, it's "where Jazz and Folk collide, a unique collaboration of some of the finest musicians and composers on the UK Folk and Jazz scenes." The other musicians taking part are Aidan O'Rourke, Martin Green and Kris Drever (Lau), Pete Wareham (Acoustic Ladyland), John Blease (drums) and Oli Hayhurst (bass). Tickets are available from the Royal Festival Hall Box Office on 08703 800 400 or online at
If you live in the north of Ireland, you may spot us on The Blackstaff Sessions on BBC2 NI, on Sunday October 29th.
And if you don't, search for Flook on, where there are plenty of short videos to keep you amused.
Don't forget to look out for us on MySpace at:

See you along the way,
Sarah, Brian, Ed and John Joe


Saturday 7th October and Sunday 8th October and Monday 9th october CANADA Cape Breton, NS Celtic Colours Festival (902) 562-6700

Thursday 12th October
Fiestas del Pilar.

Friday 13th October
Basque Country
Galdames Folk (Biscay)

Saturday 14th October
Canalside Festival

Sunday 15th October
Hanger Farm Arts Centre,
Nr. Southampton

Wednesday 8th November
National Centre For Early Music

Thursday 9th November
Brewery Arts Centre

Friday 10th November
The Met

Saturday 11th November
Day of Folk

Saturday 18th November
Armagh Piping Festival

Thursday 30th November
Abbotsholme School Chapel, Rocester, Uttoxeter,
Staffordshire ST14 5BS
Box office 01543 263 304

Friday 1st December
0121 440 3838

Saturday 2nd December
The Circle
01909 474458


Haven (CD) 2005
In the pantheon of Irish/English folk groups they don’t come much more revered than Flook. Irish Post, November 2005

Haven swings with a blazing intensity that captures their kinetic live performances. The Observer, November 2005

The flute/guitar/bodhran combo keep racking up the superlatives. Breathtaking tunes with the unmistakable Flook feelgood signature. BBC, November 2005


Rubai (CD) ( 2002 Rubai was nominated as Best Album in the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2003
an extraordinarily good record

head and shoulders above the rest... Magnificent.
The Irish Times

one of the essential albums of 2002


Flatfish (CD) 1999
Flatfish is, quite simply, one of the most stunning contemporary Celtic albums you'll hear this or any other year.

No frills, no studio gloss, just simple unadorned pleasure from start to finish
The Rough Guide to Irish Music

a cornucopia of sublime musicianship. Rating: * * * * * The Scotsman

Flook! Live! (CD) 1997
There is a certain instinctive magic about the interaction between the flutes that has nothing to do with studied technique or painstaking arrangements”
Folk Roots, March 1997

“The tunes are mostly new, the pace effortless, the standard of playing quite brilliant...the ultimate modern flute album.” The Irish Times, May 1997

a sound of marvellous vitality and quicksilver loveliness The Scotsman, January 1997
(We have located a few copies of this CD, and this link will become active in the next few days)
Also available (by post only):
Brian Finnegan Mad for Trad Tin Whistle Tutorial (CD-ROM) - £28
If you can pay by sterling cheque, and would rather order any of these titles, or albums from previous bands we have played in, by post, then you can print out an order form from this link:

And don't forget, you can now download Flook MP3s, either individual tracks or complete albums, from Tradtunes
Haven, Rubai, Flatfish and Flook! Live! all available.

All Flook albums are now available from iTunes UK

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