Flook + Amy Laurenson Trio


Saturday 8th July 2023
Doors: 7:00pm
Festival Marquee, Newton Stewart, Scotland

Tickets: £20.00 / £15.00 (Concession)

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Flook + Amy Laurenson Trio

Traditional music supergroup Flook offer precise acoustic grooves with a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. Support is from BBC Radio Scotland's Young Musician of the Year 2023, Scottish pianist Amy Laurenson.

There is certainly no shortage of virtuosity amongst the members of Flook, but the unique impact of this band stems from the wholly intuitive, almost symbiotic, exchange between the various flutes, frets and skins.

Nearly twenty seven years after their first gig together, Flook continue to inspire and enchant audiences of all ages. Their most recent album ‘Ancora’, released in 2019 to critical acclaim and nominated for BBC Folk Album of the year, clearly demonstrates that, with their roots firmly anchored in the tradition, Flook still hold fast to their reputation as major musical innovators.

Brian Finnegan – whistles and flutes
Sarah Allen – flutes and accordion
Ed Boyd – guitar
John Joe Kelly – bodhrán

Flook were shortlisted for Best Folk Group in Ireland’s RTÉ Radio 1 Folk Awards 2019.

Tour de force return after decade and a half – a luminous reunion ****” - The Irish Times

Flook’s role and influence in the exploding excellence of instrumental folk music of various persuasions on these islands shouldn’t be underestimated… as vital as ever … Class is indeed permanent” - fRoots

Virtuoso playing abounds … the most creative bodhran player on the planet … superb technique plus a genuine feel and some stonking tunes is a powerful recipe” - MOJO

Flook are back with a bang, and better than ever – a very welcome return from one of folk’s finest bands” - Irish Music Magazine

Nothing short of transcendent… No other band sound like Flook and the new material has pushed them to new, exhilarating heights.” - Songlines - Live review - June 2019

Iconic, ground-breaking, progressive and all-round brilliant” - Lynette Fay, BBC Radio Ulster

Four brilliant musicians. Four times as much brilliant music” - Time Out

Amy Laurenson 

BBC Radio Scotland Young Musician of the Year 2023 Amy Laurenson is a pianist from
the Shetland Isles. Rooted in the traditional music of Shetland, Amy explores the music of
her homeland alongside traditional and folk music from Scotland, Ireland and
Scandinavia. Growing up surrounded by classical music, she has developed a unique
style which fuses traditional, classical and jazz elements.

“Hugely impressive… beautiful ideas played with great control and flair”
- Dave Milligan

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Festival Marquee

Festival Marquee
The Vault Arts Centre
40 Victoria Street
Newton Stewart

The Festival Marquee is located in the apple tree garden at the rear of the Trust's live music and performing arts centre, The Vault Arts Centre, in Newton Stewart.

Trad Music Trust

The 10th annual Newton Stewart & Minnigaff Traditional Music & Dance Festival takes place over the 12th-14th July 2024. It's an incredible achievement. The charity has created a viable, sustainable, event that continues to grow and develop, proudly celebrating the very best in traditional Scottish, Irish and World music. Make sure you book early for what is shaping up to be the biggest event yet!

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