Taking a look at the unique world of the flute in Northern Ireland, where one of the most popular instruments has also become a symbol of cultural significance.Listen as I explore the flute scene both here and internationally, speaking to world-renowned players, makers and teachers about their experiences and expertise.
Gary Hastings is one of the few traditional musicians to also be a Church of Ireland clergyman.
Hear his fascinating stories about the folk music revival, how he learned Irish flute and his research which led to the publication of his book 'With Fife and Drum: Music Memories and Customs of an Irish Tradition'.
Brian Finnegan is an internationally renowned traditional flute player who has toured extensively throughout his career and collaborated with a host of wonderful musicians, including his band Flook who have successfully performed and recorded together for the past 25 years. Listen as he shares stories of growing up learning and his more recent creative journey.
Jennifer Sturgeon displayed prodigious talent as a young flautist and was one of the youngest ever finalists of BBC Young Musician of the Year. Her musical career has taken many interesting turns including returning home to her current position in the Ulster Orchestra.
Aaron O'Hagan is a talented flute maker and player. His beautiful flutes are played on by many wonderful players and he is also a renowned pipe maker. Hear about his journey in becoming a maker and his other musical exploits.
Sir James Galway
Sir James Galway is internationally renowned as 'The Man with the Golden Flute'. He is the ultimate interpreter of the classical flute repertoire and a consummate performer whose appeal transcends all musical boundaries.
With over 30 million recordings sold worldwide, extensive international touring, frequent television appearances, tireless promotion of the arts and his passionate work in music education, James Galway has been a household name for decades.
He is joined here by his wife and fellow performer Lady Jeanne Galway in conversation with The Flute NI host Aisling Agnew.
Ross & Jake Houston
Two talented flute playing brothers Ross & Jake Houston are the recipients of many awards such as Young Musician of the Year NI and have both played with Ulster Youth Orchestra and the National Youth Orchestra of Great Britain. Ross currently studies at the Royal Academy of Music and Jake will soon embark on studies at the Guildhall School of Music & Drama in London.