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PostPosted: Mon Aug 24, 2020 1:36 pm 
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[quote="kildarekonga"]Great topic.
Harry Bradley is worth noting surely https://youtu.be/OQhtPY_oLZ0
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Harry Bradley is an amazing flute player. He uses quite a bit of vibrato. I'm curious what people generally think about this? Does it align with a particular style of playing in Ireland?


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PostPosted: Thu Aug 27, 2020 3:15 pm 
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Harry's his own man, but if you want to listen to his main source influences, you'd need to go back to the early 20th century recordings of Tom Morrison and John McKenna. Not sure about vibrato. In common with Morrison and McKenna, it's the breath pulses, emphasising certain notes, which gives Harry's music its' great "lift" and "drive". One of my favourite Harry quotes is "there's more spit than polish in my music".
Far too long since his last recording, but he seems to be spending a lot of his musical time on the uilleann pipes these days, rather than flute. Pipers' gain, our loss.
3 of his solo recordings can be purchased through "iTunes" - "Bad Turns And Horseshoe Bends" [ my favourite flute album ever ] , for the ridiculous price of £3.99 sterling. As a Belfast friend of mine once said, "Ye'll not hear better !".

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