Flook + Amy Laurenson

Don't miss the incredible Flook at Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival on Saturday 8th July 2023

Saturday July 8th 2023 – Doors open at 7:00pm
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Taking inspiration from their roots in the Irish and English traditions, Flook have an enviable trademark sound, weaving and spinning traditionally rooted tunes over precise acoustic grooves, with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. There is certainly no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.

Nearly twenty seven years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. Their most recent album ‘Ancora’, released in 2019 to critical acclaim and nominated for BBC Folk Album of the year, clearly demonstrates that, with their roots firmly anchored in the tradition, Flook still hold fast to their reputation as major musical innovators.

Brian Finnegan – whistles and flutes
Sarah Allen – flutes and accordion
Ed Boyd – guitar
John Joe Kelly – bodhrán

Flook were shortlisted for Best Folk Group in Ireland’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019.

Tour de force return after decade and a half – a luminous reunion ****” - The Irish Times

Flook’s role and influence in the exploding excellence of instrumental folk music of various persuasions on these islands shouldn’t be underestimated… as vital as ever … Class is indeed permanent” - fRoots

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

Flook are back with a bang, and better than ever – a very welcome return from one of folk’s finest bands” - Irish Music Magazine

Nothing short of transcendent… No other band sound like Flook and the new material has pushed them to new, exhilarating heights.” - Songlines - Live review - June 2019

Iconic, ground-breaking, progressive and all-round brilliant” - Lynette Fay, BBC Radio Ulster

Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music” - Time Out

Amy Laurenson

BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year 2023 Amy Laurenson is a pianist from the Shetland Isles, currently based in Glasgow. Rooted in the traditional music of Shetland, Amy explores the music of her homeland alongside traditional and folk music from Scotland, Ireland and Scandinavia. Growing up surrounded by classical music, she has developed a unique style which fuses traditional, classical and jazz elements. Having recently graduated from the Royal Conservatoire of Scotland with a First Class Honours degree in Traditional Music, Amy is passionate about exploring and redefining the piano as a solo instrument while challenging its more prominent role as an accompanying instrument. Amy is a pianist with the up-and-coming Scandi/Scottish folk band Tern (Danny Kyle Open Stage Winners at Celtic Connections 2023), and is a member of Live Music Now Scotland with duo partner Miguel Girão. Following her BBC Radio Scotland Young Trad win, Amy formed her trio with Lea Søndergaard Larsen (Bodhran) and Rhona MacDonald (Double Bass). The Amy Laurenson Trio was debuted at Edinburgh Tradfest 2023.

“Hugely impressive… beautiful ideas played with great control and flair”

- Dave Milligan

“Unique and highly innovative, Amy takes her audience on a storytelling, emotional

journey. Her use of expression and colour create spellbinding moments of utter

beauty… our tradition is in safe hands”

- Marie Fielding

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Starts: Saturday, July 8th 2023
Doors open: 7:00pm
Ends: Saturday, July 8th 2023

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The Vault Arts Centre
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Newton Stewart & Minnigaff
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