Anglo Ireland

28 may 2016


Maestro of flutes, tin whistles and Uillean pipes, Michael McGoldrick is considered one of the best flute players ever. Mike has played with artists of the likes of Jim Kerr, Youssou N’Dour, John Cale, Ocean Colour Scene and was a founder-member of bands such as Flook and Lunasa. In 1998 he was invited to join the Scottish folk legend Capercaillie (described by the magazine Mojo as a “folk wedding celebrated in Paradise”) and during the same year he also joined Afro-Celt Sound system. His solo artist projects made him famous world-wide and gave him the freedom to explore acoustics and follow sincere, unique and inspired paths. He took part in the BBC program Transatlantic Sessions, both in studio and on tour, together with James Taylor, Dan Tyminski, Roseanne Cash and Tim O’Brien. In 2006 Michael was awarded the Instrumentalist of the Year award at the BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards. Michael keeps on playing all over the world, cooperating with many other important musicians on the traditional scene, both in studio and in concerts. In 2010 he joins Mark Knopfler's band, entering the rock world through the main door when he introduces Get Lucky, his sixth album as solo artist. Michael had joined the band to replace Jon McCusker, who had temporarily left the band. As John returned, Knopfler decided to keep Michael on for successive world tours because of his skills. McGoldrick never stopped taking his music around the world with his own band and his live performances are always very special events, where musicians involve the audience with energetic and defined acoustics.