My Research Colleagues

It's my firm conviction that unravelling the mysteries left to us by 19th century flutemakers is going to take more than one mind.  The issues are multidisciplinary, and so must be the research effort.  We need to look at these instruments from the historical, performance, acoustic, and manufacturing perspectives at least, and perhaps from others.  I'm pleased here to be able to introduce other members of the research team, and give you some idea of the areas each will be covering.


Adrian was born in Australia in 1947 into a family whose Scots roots go back centuries (and he proudly wears the family kilt to prove it!!). His parents moved back to Britain when he was 7 years old and he grew up and was educated in Northern England and Wales.  Adrian moved to Canada in 1966 and has lived there ever since, currently residing in Coquitlam near Vancouver, British Columbia.  

Following the move the Canada, Adrian obtained Batchelor’s and Master’s degrees in Civil Engineering and Environmental Engineering from the University of British Columbia in Vancouver.  For most of the past 30 years he has worked for Environment Canada in the environmental assessment field.  But he has also taken advantage of every opportunity to pursue his “other” avocation – music!!  This has required several “time-outs” from his environmental activities.  

Adrian’s parents were both musicians of considerable talent – his father was a flautist and his mother a pianist.  So the house was always full of music!  As a result, Adrian acquired his love of music very early on.  He has played music in all styles for over 40 years now, but has specialised in classical guitar and Celtic music on a variety of instruments (guitar, flute, recorder, mandolin, banjo, hurdy-gurdy, pennywhistle, etc.).

Highlights of Adrian’s Celtic experiences include stints in the touring Celtic groups “Rum Ken” and “The Sons of Erin” (who were based in St. John’s, Newfoundland) as well as appearances with the likes of Ryan’s Fancy, Christy Moore, Tommy Makem and Lonnie Donegan.  Adrian has also recorded with Tommy Makem and The Irish Rovers.  More recently, he also recorded and performed for a time with the well-know Vancouver children’s entertainer Rick Scott.

With his Japanese-based Welsh-born friend C. W. “Nic” Nicol,  Adrian has recorded 3 Celtic-style CD’s for release in Japan on the Toshiba/EMI label, a fourth Japanese CD being planned for 2003.  Adrian has toured Japan with Nic on 6 separate occasions, appearing each time on NHK national television broadcasts. The most recent tour took place in July 2000 and included a concert at the far-famed Budokan, the shrine of popular music in Japan.  Adrian has also performed (both in Canada and Japan) and recorded with the prominent Japanese folk-singer Okabayashi Nobuyasu.

Over the past few years he has made numerous appearances in Vancouver with his Celtic band “Skystone” at local Celtic establishments including Culpepper’s on Broadway and the Atlantic Trap & Gill.  Adrian enjoys nothing more than the challenge of turning an ordinary gig into a celebration, and places special emphasis on his role as the “front man” in keeping the energy and entertainment levels of a “Skystone” performance at consistently high levels. 

Together with his friend Chris Gordon, Adrian has established a small (but state-of-the-art) recording studio, Wedgewood Sound.  This has opened numerous opportunities for recording work for Adrian and his friends and colleagues. Most recently, Adrian was involved in a partnership songwriting/recording project of avante-garde Celtic-influenced music between himself and his Japanese friend Yuki Ryoichi, a rising young singer in Japan with three albums out already on Polydor. At present,  work is well advanced on  the first “Skystone” CD of all-original material. 

Adrian’s interest in flute history was initially sparked by his father transferring custody of his small but interesting collection of historic flutes to Adrian’s care.  Adrian felt that if he was to be the curator of the family flute collection, he’d better learn something about the instruments (as well as learn to play them reasonably well!).  He has since added to the collection, particularly in connection with his co-operative studies of mid-19th Century  flute designs and designers with Terry McGee.

Adrian's role in the projects so far includes securing examples of original instruments for restoration and analysis, and researching the historical aspects of the makers.

Adrian playing his restored 19th century guitar.

You can contact Adrian at <>

Dr. Andra Bohnet

Andra Bohnet, Professor of Music, teaches flute, music literature and chamber music at the University of South Alabama. She holds a Bachelor of Music degree from the University of the Pacific, a Master of Music from the University of Southern California, and a Ph.D. in Fine Arts from Texas Tech University. She has studied flute with Roger S. Stevens and Michael Stoune, and appeared at master classes of Jean-Pierre Rampal and Alain Marion.

Dr. Andra Bohnet An active performer, Dr. Bohnet is the principal flutist of both the Mobile Symphony and Gulf Coast Symphony Orchestras and has appeared as a soloist with both ensembles. She has been a featured performer at several National Flute Association Conventions, as a soloist, and with her chamber ensemble, the Silverwood Quartet (for flute and strings). Silverwood performs throughout the Southeast, and recently made its international debut in Japan.  
Andra also plays with the Celtic/Irish/trad./world music group "Mithril", which will be releasing its first CD "Banish Misfortune" in November 2002.

Adrian and I met Andra at Boxwood, Chris Norman's remarkable flute festival conducted each year in Lunenburg, Nova Scotia.  We were giving the world premiere talk on Clinton's 1851 instrument and were stunned by Andra's ability to get the best out of this flute.  Andra will be roadtesting the flutes we study and providing a professional flute-player's perspective on the instruments.  We're looking also at some CD releases, Clinton's music on Clinton's flutes, that sort of thing.

You can contact Andra at

Tim Gallagher

Tim Gallagher, Seattle WA, is a professional draughtsman as well as a flute player.  Tim is responsible for the schematic drawings of the flute mechanisms you will find on our research pages.

Tim studied drafting at Dunwoody in Minneapolis, Minnesota.  For the past 19 years, he has been employed by the City of Seattle as a civil drafter doing manual and AutoCAD drafting.

Musically, Tim is primarily a singer.  He has sung with the University of Minnesota Men's Chorus, church worship teams and is currently a member of the Northwest Chamber Chorus in Seattle, Washington.  He loves good tight harmonies, and the old, dark, minor/modal music found in ballads and laments.  Two influences drew Tim to wooden flutes - Frankie Kennedy's playing with the band Altan, and hearing a wooden flute that sang in a local seisin.  He has played wooden flute to distraction for the last 6 years.  Tim can be contacted at:

Tim Gallagher <>

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