Flook

‘Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music’, Time Out

The flutes of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into the breathtaking sound of the groundbreaking band Flook.

Flook properly burst onto the music scene with the release of their debut studio album Flatfish in 1999. Accolades followed including ‘stunning’, ‘remarkable’ and ‘little short of miraculous’. Critics remarked upon their exuberance onstage and the sheer enjoyment they developed in playing together.

Their latest album Rubai, released in 2002, presents these four sensational musicians at the top of their powers, and their collective impact as a group is ever growing.

Flook consists of four musicians who, each after very different early musical careers, found their way together. They were formed in November 1995 when Armagh born Brian Finnegan got together with Michael McGoldrick and Sarah Allen for a one off tour entitled Three Nations Flutes.

Ed Boyd was drafted in at the end of the tour and they changed their name first to Fluke! and then Flook. When McGoldrick left to pursue solo projects in 1998, John Joe Kelly was brought in full time, having previously guested with the band.

Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen provide the flute attack, with Allen’s alto flute laying the bedrock of bass and grooves, while Finnegan soars above, weaving his way in and out of the melody. Anchoring them both to the stage are Ed Boyd on guitar and John Joe Kelly on bodhran.

Flook are now one of the most popular groups on the contemporary live music circuit in Britain and Ireland. Perfectly capturing the zeitgeist of mixing traditional tunes with contemporary beats and ideas, they have been at the forefront of a new tradition of bands and are hailed by many as one of most innovative.

’A sensational live act…In the front rank of the innovators’, The Rough Guide to Irish Music.

’This is one very special band’, The Living Tradition.

‘You need a cold shower to fully wake up to the phenomenal potential of this music’, Irish Music Magazine.

Topics