ONE of Ireland’s finest folk bands will perform at the Eastgate Theater in Peebles later this month.
Drawing inspiration from their roots in 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, ensemble interaction delicate and of audacious and adventurous musical imagination.
Virtuosity is certainly not lacking among the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this group comes from the totally intuitive, almost symbiotic exchange between the different flutes, frets and skins.
Fresh off the triumph of their 2019 “tour de force” 4th studio album “Ancora”, Flook is hungry to get back to doing what has always been his first love, live music.
Their enthusiastic, globe-trotting year through 2019 now has an eerie quality as we slowly emerge from a period of self-isolation, but Flook is no stranger to waiting for the elemental realignment of things.
After taking time off from their group life in 2008 to cultivate family life and all sorts of new musical partnerships, there was no sense of panic over the years.
After a four-year ‘hiatus’, the urge to regroup turned into a joyful reunion, and within a year they were back on top with their searing brand of traditional music.
The nuanced sonic punch and immersive beauty of their playing has deepened over time.
Flook brings all the spirit-uplifting joy to their live shows, as always, and the distillation of over 25 years of friendship and music sees them increasingly in tune with their legion of fans around the world.
2022 holds promise and hope, and if the positive re-opening of live music continues, there’s plenty to get excited about in Flook’s diary.
They play Saturday April 30, Eastgate Theater and Arts Centre, Eastgate, Peebles, EH45 8AD. Doors: 7 p.m. Tickets: £15/£16/£8 (under 16s). Location: 01721 725 777.