UCC School of Music Traditional Flute tutor Aoife Granville has been included in a new publication on traditional Irish flute styles entitled ‘An Fheadóg Mhór’. The publication, by renowned flute player Conal Ó Gráda, examines different approaches and styles of traditional flute playing today and includes chapters on eight of the country’s top exponents of traditional flute. An accompanying CD includes tracks from all eight flute players: Harry Bradley, Catherine McEvoy, Patsy Hanley, Eamonn Cotter, Mike Rafferty, Tara Diamond, John Wynne and Aoife.
Conal writes of Aoife’s playing: “Listening to Aoife, the first thing that strikes me is the masterful control she has over the basic sound that she produces and which in turn makes me really comfortable as a listener, knowing that I will be sitting in this luxurious audio carriage for the duration of my journey. This technical mastery of tone is almost like an anchor in her playing and is complimented by a natural feel for phrasing and variation. Having listened to Aoife for many years I know that she puts a lot of thought into how she presents a tune and this trait is very evident when you listen to how she crafts her performance. Her music possesses exceptional poise and grace.”
Aoife has been the traditional flute tutor in UCC’s School of Music and Theatre since 2003 and is completing a PhD in Ethnomusicology under the supervision of Dr. Mel Mercier.
An Fheadóg Mhór is available online at http://www.conalograda.com
To listen to Aoife performing with UCC bodhrán tutor Colm Murphy follow this link: