Irish flute 101 with Norah Rendell

Celtic music does something for me which I struggle to articulate. The draw for Norah Rendell was the tradition’s rhythmic, dance quality, its¬†social nature and its aural¬†history. You play by listening, not by reading. She’s the executive director of The Center for Irish Music in St. Paul, Minnesota and a lovely singer and player of…

‘The song of the flute, O sister, is madness’

The sound of the flute, O sister, is madness. I thought that nothing that was not God could hold me, But hearing that sound, I lose mind and body, My heart wholly caught in the net. O flute, what were your vows, what is your practice? What power sits by your side? Even Mira’s Lord…