“Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music” Time Out
Flook were shortlisted for Best Folk Group in Ireland’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019 Ancora was nominated as Best Album in BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2019. Due to overwhelming popular demand, the legendary Flook are well and truly back on the scene. After a recording hiatus of 14 years, Flook released their latest album, Ancora, in April 2019.
With the flutes and whistles of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly, this iconic band weaves and spins traditionally rooted tunes into an enthralling sound – with agile but tight rhythms and virtuoso improvisation. Flook possesses a rare blend of fiery
technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination.
Formed over 25 years ago by four friends, Flook burst onto the international music scene with their debut studio album, Flatfish. The band had a remarkably successful performing and recording career – the sheer enjoyment of playing together shone through their albums (Flatfish (1999), Rubai (2002) Haven (2005)) but it was their live performances that really captured the hearts of those who watched and listened.
The rapport between these four musicians, and the sheer enjoyment they developed in playing together,was commented on by audiences and critics alike. Having won Best Band at BBC Folk Awards
2006, Flook took a break in 2008, but they didn’t stay silent for long, and the last 5 years has seen them playing occasional live shows, including short tours of Japan, Ireland and Germany, as well as festival shows. Their most recent album, Ancora, was released in April 2019 with a sell-out 17-date tour of England and Wales.
Brian Finnegan – whistles and flutes
Sarah Allen – flutes and accordion
Ed Boyd – guitar
John Joe Kelly – bodhrán
“Virtuoso playing abounds … the most creative bodhran player on the planet … superb technique plus
a genuine feel and some stonking tunes is a powerful recipe” MOJO
“Multi-layered, rhythmically sophisticated and meltinglybeautiful.” Glasgow Sunday Herald