The All-Knowing Salmon/Noogleshifty – Contemporary Irish Music for Silver Flute
By Philippe Barnes and Tom Phelan
for Flute and Piano
Published by Philippe Barnes
Includes score and flute part
About the Piece:
This piece was not originally intended to be notated for other people to play… I wrote these melodies over 20 years ago, and in 2005 Tom and I went to a studio in Madrid to record an album of original and re-harmonised traditional material. It was intended to be a promo CD to get us some gigs, but it turned into something we're both very proud of. Reviewers loved it, although some were confused by the mix of jazz and celtic influences – I've always thought of it as coming direct from traditional music, but ignoring the boundaries of the style when we took off on improvised flights of fancy…
Ever since its release flute players have gotten in touch wanting to play the pieces themselves, and I've finally started to finish off these transcriptions. Huge thanks have to go to Lee Westwood who originally transcribed the whole Madrid Sessions album by ear! I wasn't ready at the time to go edit it into a finished score, but over the last year Tom and I have worked to create accurate and (hopefully) clear flute and piano parts, based on Lee's original work.
Also huge thanks to Gareth McLearnon who has been playing some of these pieces all over the world from my terrible half-finished versions, and such a staunch advocate of my music.
“The All-Knowing Salmon” was inspired by a family holiday to Ireland. The Irish Myth was written on a T-Shirt in a monastery gift shop… “Noogleshifty” was inspired by the great Scottish band Shooglenifty – go and check out their albums! It was originally recorded in a different arrangement on the album “Wish Hill” by my old Celtic Jazz-Funk band All Jigged Out.