Wooden Flute Obsession 2
Well, I just got my copy of Wooden Flute Obsession 2. I had skipped on WFO1 because probably 80% of the tracks on it in are taken from CDs already represented in my massive collection. (Thank you, Philippe Varlet and Celtic Grooves Imports, for driving me toward bankruptcy…) But WFO2 looked quite promising, as it features many new tracks recorded expressly for this compilation (as opposed to the mainly if not exclusively licensed-from-other-CDs fare on WFO1) performed by a whole new cast of flute-playing characters, many of whom I’d not heard of before.
Now, after listening to this new 2 CD set, I have one comment and one question. The comment is: WOW! There’s a lot of great flute playing there! Which leads directly to my question, which is: Who the hell are these guys (and gals) and where did they come from?!?!? I thought I was reasonably up on the Irish flute scene, but of the 44 players on WFO2, I’d only heard of 24 of them before. (And in many cases, "heard of" means I’d heard the name, and that’s about it.) The sleeve notes for WFO2 have just the names of the players and the names of the tunes, and a pointer to the www.worldtrad.org website for more information. There is indeed more information there, but in most cases it consists mainly of the maker of the flute that the player is playing on the CD. Which is nice to know, don’t get me wrong, but what I’d really like to know is where the player is from, how old they are, who are their influences, and other details about the person and their music. Can anyone out there supply this kind of information about any of the great players on WFO2?