Irish Music on the Silver Flute






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Irish Music on the Silver Flute
Composed and Published by Philippe Barnes
for Solo Flute (except for 2 songs that are quartets and 1 song that is a duet)

      I've always been interested in playing different styles of music on the standard classical flute and have been playing Irish music for almost 20 years. It started when I heard Matt Molloy playing wooden flute on “James Galway and The Chieftains” and after failing to find a decent wooden flute to buy (it's much easier to get a good quality one these days, but back then it was very hard to find a good one without joining a seemingly endless waiting list) I started trying to play Irish music on my silver flute. What followed was lots of listening, experimenting, lessons with Sarah Allen and Brian Finnegan (from the band Flook!) and attending the excellent Folkworks summer school in Durham (thanks to my school friend and fiddle player Pete Lyons suggesting we go). I did my Masters in Irish Music Performance (with First Class Honours) at the Irish World Academy of Music and Dance at the University of Limerick. I've been planning to write this book since I recorded my first album in 1998, better late than never I hope!
      I now own a great wooden flute made by Patrick Olwell, and lots of whistles and bamboo flutes in various keys. What started out as trying to make the silver flute sound like a wooden flute has led me to develop a style of playing traditional music on the silver flute which is very enjoyable to play. It has enabled me to write and record some music which I'm very happy with. I hope you'll enjoy listening to the album and playing the tunes in this book. 
      This book is for someone who can already play the silver flute to some extent. I hope to show you some of the techniques to engage with the sounds of traditional wooden flute, as well as teach you a few tunes along the way. There are lots of my own tunes included which are particularly suited to the silver flute and a few traditional tunes to help illustrate the techniques.

1. Feathering
        May Morning Dew
2. The Cut
        The Green Room, Castlebrook
3. The Roll
        Chalice Well
        Pete's Jig
        Connemara Jig
        Eric's (quartet)
4. The Crann
        O'Farrell's Welcome To Limerick
5. Roll/Crann Fingerings
6. Trill Keys
7. Triplets
        New Kings Road
        New Brighton Reel
8. The Bounce
        Ali's Reel
9. The Hard D
10. The Slide
        May Morning Dew
        Eilidh's Reel
11. Advanced Ornaments
        Joan Brodie's (duet)
12. Some Tunes:
        Mrs McLeod's/Mason's Apron – (quartet)
        The Green Room/New Brighton Reel

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