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Shortlisted for Best Folk Group in Ireland’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019

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Due to overwhelming popular demand, Flook are back on the scene. After a recording hiatus of 14 years, Flook released their new 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 20 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. 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 4 years has seen them continuing to play occasional live shows, including short tours of Japan, Ireland and Germany, as well as festival shows.

Brian Finnegan said, “Way back in 2005 when we released our 3rd studio album ‘Haven’, little did we know that it would be our last for almost a decade and a half.  We took a break in 2008, followed our hearts and instincts and went our separate ways; had kids, got hitched, loved, lost, explored the musical world post-Flook.

But when Flook came calling again in 2013, so the voltage returned and like all deep friendships it felt like we’d never been apart. Part of the decision to re-group was the understanding that we had much left to say as a band, and a certain responsibility to our loyal fans, old and new, to create Flook music of the present, rich in both past and future.

The imagery associated with the meaning of ‘Ancora’ is abundant indeed. It is the Latin word for anchor, be that to the seabed or in the kith and kin of our lives.  It also means ‘hope’ and ‘again’. The great Italian master Michelangelo was attributed as saying “Ancora Impara” on his 87th birthday, meaning “I am yet learning”. This resonated in us and was present throughout the process of recording ‘Ancora’.  So, deeper in we go. Thanks for listening.”

There is no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this sensational Anglo-Irish group stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins. ‘Ancora’ marks a return after too long away, but also a continuation.

 “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

“Wow. Just wow… music to lift you up and make your heart beat faster… Flook, Ancora. If you love music and have a set of functioning ears, get it and go listen. Now. It doesn’t get much better than this, ever.” celtbritfolkmusic.net

“Ancora picks up where Flook left off with Haven 14 years ago, delighting us, again, with their unique, exciting sound and their ever-inventive arrangements. Expectations more than fully met – simply a brilliant album.” Folk Radio UK

“Flook have done it again. Their new album Ancora is a fine collection of highly original music – they have the extraordinary knack of making traditional forms sound fresh and contemporary. Considered,  intelligent and compelling, their virtuosity and sheer joy at making music shines through in every note”

Ellen Cranitch, RTE Lyric FM

“The anticipation was worth it. Mysterious, joyful, A wonder to behold”

Sean Smith, Boston Irish Reporter

 “Astonishing… Ancora is the highest peak of their more than twenty year old career”

Michele Mele, Bright Young Folk

“Flook have delivered another gem… Ancora is an impeccable example of exceptionally expressive, shape-shifting Celtic music craftsmanship” worldmusiccentral.org

“I listened to this album over the weekend with great delight. So full of lovely music that goes right to the heart of things. Superbly played and arranged, it’s crisp and clear and irresistible”

Michael Palin, March 2019

“sublime” Mark Patterson, BBC Radio Foyle

“…it’s Flook’s absolutely unique combination of sensational musicianship and sensational symbiosis, the rapport and interplay, the astounding precision of phrasing and rhythm, the unfathomable tightness and phenomenal agility, the boldness of their musical flights, and yes, the immense variety concealed within the beauteous intricacy of the traditional-styled yet mostly self-penned tunes they play…. As brilliant, inventive, and tremendously exciting as always, and a rare instance of an all-instrumental album that holds our attention throughout. Music to move and uplift. Again and again. Encore!!” David Kidman, Fatea

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

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