"'Iconic' is a word that is perhaps overused these days, but there can be no doubting the validity of its use when describing Flook. The influence this Anglo-Irish band has had is so huge that it's nigh impossible to measure. Suffice to say there will have hardly been an act at Colonsay's Ceòl Cholasa who does not owe something to this venerable foursome."
Formed over 20 years ago, Flook burst onto the international music scene with their debut studio album, Flatfish. The band had a remarkably successful performing and recording career - the sheer enjoyment of playing together shined through their albums. But it was their live performances that really captured the hearts of those who watched and listened. The rapport between these four musicians and the sheer enjoyment they developed in playing together, was commented on by audiences and critics alike.
With the flutes and whistles of Brian Finnegan and Sarah Allen, the guitar of Ed Boyd and the bodhran of John Joe Kelly, they weave and spin traditionally rooted tunes into an enthralling sound – with agile but tight rhythms and virtuoso improvisation. Flook possesses a rare blend of fiery technical brilliance, delicate ensemble interaction and a bold, adventurous musical imagination. So much so that they won Best Band at BBC Folk Awards 2006. They decided to take a break in 2008 and since then have only come together for a series of one-off shows and festival appearances.
But now, due to overwhelming popular demand, Flook are back! Launching their long-awaited new album, Ancora, in early 2019, Flook are returning to many of their favourite venues and visiting new places that they’ve always wanted to go. Colonsay will undoubtedly be one of many highlights!