Flook, a traditional band of some international standing, have in Haven, their third release produced an album of beautifully understated instrumentals, both of their own composing, and traditional arrangements.
The core band of flute player and Accordionist Sarah Allen, guitarist Ed Boyd, champion Bodhran player John Joe Kelly and composer and flute and whistle player Brian Finnegan is augmented for this collection by bass player Ewen Vernal, 5 string banjo player Leon Hunt, harpist Catriona Mckay and Andy Davies on Hammond Organ who all help to add colour and nuance to the 9 pieces on the album.
The pieces vary from the upbeat starter ‘The Tortoise and the Hare’ with its Bodhran beat introduction, to the slower ballad piece ‘Wrong Foot Forward’ where gentle flute and whistles dance around careful acoustic guitar arpeggios and a minimalist bodhran rhythm before the pace picks up.
‘Padraig’s’ could almost be fusion with its Hammond Organ part, whereas ‘Road to Errogie’ is a fast paced reel that allows the energy of the band to come to the fore. Album closer ‘On One Beautiful day’ is a well crafted whistle instrumental and serves as a fitting end to the album.