Sarah Allen
Sarah Allen

Ed Boyd
Ed Boyd

John Joe Kelly
John Joe Kelly

Brian FinneganBrian Finnegan

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The Flook Discography

Ancora (2019) coming soon!

Haven CD Sleeve

“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 Sleeve
Rubai (2002) - nominated as Best Album at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2003

“an extraordinarily good record” fRoots

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

“one of the essential albums of 2002” Songlines

Flatfish CD Sleeve

“Flatfish is, quite simply, one of the most stunning contemporary Celtic albums you'll hear this or any other year.” Songlines

“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!
Flook! Live! (1997)

 "the ultimate modern flute album"  The Irish Times

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Flatfish Logo 2018


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

Due to overwhelming popular demand, the legendary folk band Flook are back on the scene. Launching their long-awaited new album, Ancora, in early 2019, they take to the road with a 17-date tour around England and Wales in April and May. They are firing explosively on all four cylinders – catch these shows while you can. See right for full list.

With the flutes and whistles of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly, the iconic band Flook 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, continuing to play occasional concerts together. The last 4 years has seen them performing at choice festivals and venues at home and abroad. 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. 

“Sheer musical magic...Stunning technique, impossibly agile rhythm work and virtuoso flights of jazzy improvisation add up to one of the most enthralling sounds around.”   The Scotsman

“Iconic, ground-breaking, progressive and all-round brilliant”  Lynette Fay, BBC Radio Ulster, January 2018 

“Multi-layered, rhythmically sophisticated and meltingly beautiful.” Glasgow Sunday Herald

"In the pantheon of Irish/English folk groups they don’t come much more revered than Flook." Irish Post

"Never have I seen so many people so completely and utterly spellbound...the most magical of experiences." The Irish Post

"In the US, their reputation borders on the Messianic ..." Irish Music Magazine

"Head and shoulders above the rest... Magnificent" The Irish Times

“A sensational live act.... in the front rank of the innovators” The Rough Guide to Irish Music

“You need a cold shower to fully wake up to the phenomenal potential of this music”  Irish Music Magazine

"Coolness with fire, tightness with space, delicacy with toughness...a uniquely thrilling whole ***** "  Glasgow Sunday Herald

“They looked for all the world like four people - until they started playing when they became as tight as one while producing a sound as rich as ten”  
The Shetland Times





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UK TOUR 2019

Thursday 25 April    
Kings Place

Friday 26 April          
The David Hall

Saturday 27 April    
Celtic Folk

Sunday 28 April        
The Fleece

Monday 29 April      
The Druidstone

Tuesday 30 April      
St David’s Hall

Wednesday 1 May  
The Station

Thursday 2 May      
Flavel Arts Centre

Friday 3 May            
Ropetackle Arts Centre

Saturday 4 May        
The Chapel, Christchurch University

Sunday 5 May          

Monday 6 May        
Arts Centre

Wednesday 8 May  
Guildhall Theatre

Thursday 9 May      
The Brewery

Friday 10 May          
The Sage

Saturday 11 May      
Philharmonic Hall

Sunday 12 May        
The Big Whistle at The Met