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Michael McGoldrick (born 1971, Manchester, England) is an Irish flute and tin whistle player. He also plays the Uilleann pipes and low whistle.
McGoldrick has been a member of several influential bands. In 1994 he was awarded the
BBC Young Tradition Award, and in 2001 he was given the Instrumentalist of the Year award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards.
McGoldrick was a founder-member of the
Celtic rock band while still at school. He also competed at that time in the Toss the Feathers Fleadhanna with Dezi Donnelly ( fiddle) and John-Jo Kelly ( bodhrán), whom he had met at local Comhaltas meetings. He made appearances at various local and national festivals and ran whistle/flute workshops at the Cambridge Folk Festival and for Folkworks on their "Flutopia" concert tour.
McGoldrick formed the band
Fluke! (later renamed as ) with Flook Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen in November 1995. After one tour, he left to pursue other projects.
He was an early member of
Lúnasa from 1997 until roughly 2000 and played on their first two albums. He also joined in 1997, playing on two albums. Capercaillie
McGoldrick has played regularly for
Afro-Celt Sound System and Kate Rusby's band. As of 2011 he leads the Michael McGoldrick Band.
He has recorded four solo albums:
Morning Rory showcases his traditional skills. Fused explores several other musical genres including trance, while Wired, released in October 2005, takes the experimental approach of Fused even further. His latest album Aurora, released in 2010, is less experimental but still adventurous. He also recorded an album, At First Light, with John McSherry (also ex-Lúnasa) going back to his traditional roots.
In 2010 Michael replaced
John McCusker, joining Tim O'Brien on Mark Knopfler's US leg of the Get Lucky Tour. This being a success, he was invited (and accepted) to stay on for the remainder of the World Tour in Europe when John McCusker had returned. He went on to play on the next Mark Knopfler album, Privateering and played with the band for the subsequent World Tour.
Solo/duo/trio [ edit ]
Morning Rory – Aughgrim Records AUGH01 (1996)
Fused – Vertical Records VERTCD051 (2000)
At First Light (with John McSherry) – Vertical Records VERTCD061 (2001)
Wired – Vertical Records VERTCD074 (2005)
Aurora – Vertical Records VERTCD090 (2010)
Live (with John McCusker & John Doyle, 2009 tour) – Vertical Records (2012)
As band member of [ edit ]
Flook! Live! (Flook) – Small CD 9405 (1996)
Toss the Feathers [ edit ]
Live at the 32 Club (Toss the Feathers) – ? (1988)
Rude Awakening (Toss the Feathers) – Magnetic Music MMMRCD301 (1993)
Columbus Eclipse (Toss the Feathers) – Magnetic Music MMMRCD401 (1989 & 1993)
Awakening (Toss the Feathers) – ? (1991)
TTF'94 Live (Toss the Feathers) – ? (1994)
The Next Round (Toss the Feathers) – Magnetic Music MMMRCD1004 (1995)
Many Happy Returns (Arcady) – Dara Records DARACD080 (1995)
(Capercaillie) (1997) Beautiful Wasteland
Nàdurra (Capercaillie) (2000)
Live in concert (Capercaillie) (2002)
Choice Language (Capercaillie) (2003)
Roses and tears (Capercaillie) (2008)
Lúnasa (Lúnasa) (1997)
Otherworld (Lúnasa) – Green Linnet GLCD1200 (1999)
Kate Rusby [ edit ]
Hourglass (Kate Rusby) – Pure Records PRCD02 (1997)
Sleepless (Kate Rusby) – Pure Records PRCD06 (1999)
Little Lights (Kate Rusby) – Pure Records PRCD07 (2001)
Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin / Dezi Donnelly, Jim Murray [ edit ]
Tunes (Sharon Shannon, Frankie Gavin, Jim Murray) – Compass (2005)
Upside Down (Sharon Shannon, Dezi Donnelly, Jim Murray) – Daisy Label (2006)
Renegade (Sharon Shannon, Dezi Donnelly, Jim Murray – Daisy Label (2007)
As guest artist [ edit ]
External links [ edit ]