Less is more

Less is more

Hi
Im looking for recommendations of flute players who use ornaments sparingly.
Many thanks
M

Re: Less is more

Perfect… excellent links and very much appreciated.
M

Re: Less is more

https://youtu.be/lhbPczU_4HI

Galway players are mainly a bit more restrained with both speed and ornamentation - possibly also Mike Rafferty and Joe Burke.
Micho Russell would fit the bill too, but there doesn’t seem to be nearly as much of his flute playing recorded as whistle. I did get the chance to ask him when he visited Scotland once in the 1980s why he didn’t play the flute a bit more. "Lost teeth" was the answer.
https://youtu.be/-2OP6Efcr4o

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What lovely playing from Noel O’Donoghue!

It’s interesting how when I first started playing flute the guys I was listening to did basic rolls but otherwise straightforward playing, no crans or other intricate stuff. The emphasis was on rhythm rather than on ornaments.

The first guy I heard doing tons of ornaments was Matt Molloy. Then legions of new players were trying to sound like him (myself included!)

In any case there are plenty of reels and jigs that sound fine with no rolls at all, and these are the tunes I start beginners on. I think their first job is to make music. Later comes rolls and tunes that are usually played with those.

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Shannon Heaton. A lot of youtube videos. It seems to be her custom to always have a purpose for an ornament as opposed to throwing them around for their own sake … and that would be my definition of "sparing". A tune without ornaments is, well, rather boring and with too many, random, diddlies is frantic.

Re: Less is more

Try Memories of Sligo by Roger Sherlock.