CDs of Wooden Flute Music

Traditional Irish Flute Music from Australia

The album brings together some of the best players of traditional Irish music on flute in Australia - Alex Burke, Dan Gordon, Elaine Jeffreys, Terry McGee, Bill Wiseman and Peter Woodley - as well as some brilliant accompanists. It covers a wide variety of styles - a mixture of high energy dance music - music reminiscent of Irish sessions - and haunting airs.

Gary Shannon

Homepage of Irish traditional flute player Garry Shannon.  Bios, details re. his back catalogue, his work as performer and teacher of Irish music. Listen to his recent recordings on Realaudio.  Also an online store offering albums by other trad. Irish performers.

Grey Larsen and Paddy League

Grey Larsen and Paddy League have released a new CD, "The Green House". It is all traditional Irish music plus three tunes of Grey's own composition. Grey plays mostly wooden flute (Firth, Pond & Co. 6-key with Chris Abell headjoint) as well as tin whistle, anglo concertina and keyboards. Paddy plays bodhrŠn and guitar. Martin Hayes has this to say about "The Green House": "Their playing is both authentic and beautiful, the product of artistic humility and insight. Grey and Paddy have found the perfect balance between maintaining tradition and finding their own unique voice."

The Moneymusk 

This is a reissue of the 1990 cassette of the same name, but with 6 newly recorded tracks, making 18 tracks in all. Basically a solo flute album, Hammy Hamilton is also joined on this recording by local musicians Connie Connell, Peadar ” Riada, and Tom Stephens, and is joined for other tracks by Paul McGrattan and Con ” Drisceoil. Ossian OSSCD 120.  Available from the usual outlets, but also directly from

UNCOVERED - Garry Walsh

A collection of some rare and almost forgotten music from Co Cork and Co Louth, learned from Garry’s parents over the years, along with a couple of contemporary compositions. Much of the music largely originates from the playing of both his grandfathers, John Walsh of Drogheda and John Joe Fahy of Skibbereen.  More details.

Celtic Grooves Imports

Founded a couple of years ago in the Washington DC area by French-born musician and musicologist Philippe Varlet, CGI offers an impressive selection of CDs, videos, and books of Irish traditional music, most of which are imported from Ireland and not widely distributed. Each item listed on the CGI website is reviewed briefly but informatively by Philippe, who also e-mails to subscribers an e-newsletter containing his reviews of newly released items. Major credit cards (except American Express) accepted (necessary for customers outside the US), shipping by Priority Mail within the US.

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