Michael McGoldrick

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Michael McGoldrick
FIL 2012 - Mc Goldrick, Mc Cusker, Doyle 24.JPG
Michael McGoldrick live in Bury, Greater Manchester in 2013
Background information
Birth name Michael McGoldrick
Born (1971-11-26) 26 November 1971 (age 46)
Manchester, England
Genres Celtic, folk
Occupation(s) multi-instrumentalist, composer, producer
Instruments Irish flute, Tin whistle, low whistle, uillean pipes, tenor guitar, bodhrán, Vocals
Years active 1980s – present
Labels Vertical
Associated acts Flook, Lúnasa, Kate Rusby, Mark Knopfler, John McSherry, Transatlantic Sessions, Usher's Island

Michael McGoldrick (born 26 November 1971, Manchester, England) is an English Low whistle, Irish flute, Uillean pipes, tin whistle and bodhran player. He also plays other instruments such as guitar and mandolin in some of his tracks.


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 Toss the Feathers while still at school. He also competed at that time in the 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 Flook) with 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 albums. He also joined Capercaillie in 1997, playing on six albums (one live) up to date.

In 1999 recorded three albums with Edens bridge, "All in a Life," "Isle of Tides," and "Live - In a Little Room." He also recorded two albums with members of the band, "The View From the North" under the band name of Northern Lights, and "Celtic Melt."

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 jazz, 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. McGoldrick also recorded for the 'Ceol Tacsi' project with many other British and Irish artists.

Album discography[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)
  • The Wishing Tree (with John McCusker & John Doyle, studio album) – Under One Sky Records UOSR004 (2018)
  • Arc - Vertical Records VERTCD111 (2018)

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) – Fat Cat FC 003CD (as Mike Goldrick) (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)

Eden's Bridge[edit]

  • All in a Life EMI (2000)
  • Isle of Tides (2002)
  • Live - In a Little Room (2004)
  • Celtic Melt (2008)
  • Northern Lights - The View from the North (2012)



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)

Future Trad Collective (2011)

Future Trad Collective

As guest artist[edit]

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