I was brought up in North Wales of English parentage. I emigrated to New Zealand in 1987. I worked in Cork City for two years where I bought an Irish Flute but found it quite difficult. I have recently purchased a better flute from Dublin and have been quite inspired to improve. I prefer the timber and soul of the wooden flute in comparison with the orchestral flute, however, without keys the semitones are difficult! I prefer ballads to jigs and reels.