Flook (band)

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Flook at the 2006 Wickham Festival. Left to right: Sarah Allen, Ed Boyd, John Joe Kelly, Brian Finnegan
Background information
Origin United Kingdom
Genres Celtic music
Years active 1995–2008, 2013-present
Labels Flatfish Records
Associated acts KAN
Upstairs in a tent
Cara Dillon
Kate Rusby
Website http://www.flook.co.uk/
Members Sarah Allen
Brian Finnegan
Ed Boyd
John Joe Kelly
Damien O'Kane
Past members Becky Morris
Michael McGoldrick

Flook is an Anglo-Irish band playing traditional-style instrumental music, much of it penned by the band themselves. Their music is typified by extremely fast, sometimes percussive, flute and whistle atop complex guitar and bodhrán rhythms. Flook is made up of Brian Finnegan, Sarah Allen, Ed Boyd and John Joe Kelly


The band was formed in 1995, originally by Becky Morris, with three flute-playing friends Sarah Allen, Brian Finnegan and Michael McGoldrick, (who left in 1997 to join Capercaillie). The band was briefly known as Three Nations Flutes.

Flook's 10th anniversary tour for Folkworks, included a concert at the Purcell Room (on 7 November 2005) as part of a week of "Folk in the Fall" on London's South Bank and another at the new Sage Gateshead concert hall on the south bank of the River Tyne on 10 November 2005. Their third studio album, Haven, was released in October 2005.

At the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards in 2006, Flook were awarded the award for Best Group. They also gave a short performance during the ceremony.

In December 2008 the band sent a Christmas message saying they were disbanding. "We wanted to wish you a very Happy Christmas and also to share some news with you," said a band press release. "After 13-plus years, hundreds of gigs, millions of miles traveled together and countless brilliant times, we've decided to call it a day. It might be forever or a prolonged pause, who knows, but we're all still great friends and will always remain so. This might sound like a cliché but it is deeply truthful."

The group reformed (briefly) for an appearance on the BBC Northern Ireland programme, Blas Ceoil.

Flook are now back together in 2013 and are currently touring.

Band members[edit]


  • Flook! Live! (1996) Small CD 9405
  • Flatfish (1999) Flatfish Records 002CD
  • Rubai (2002) Flatfish Records 004CD
  • Haven (2005) Flatfish Records 005CD
Contributing artist

Performances (selection)[edit]


  1. ^ "KAN | Facebook". www.facebook.com. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 
  2. ^ "Ed Boyd – Guitar | Lúnasa". www.lunasa.ie. Retrieved 2016-07-16. 

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