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High energy fusion folk - is that the sound Fling originally wanted to create? The sound we have is something that we all have difficulty describing! It’s definitely high energy but at the same time it is very melodic. We are all very well-travelled and we all have a keen interest in folk music from around the world and this is reflected in the music we create. How did you find each other? All of us met on an amazing scheme in Galway called The Access Music Project. This project brings together 12 musicians from different genres and sends us on an extremely steep learning curve for a year during which we all have to take exams in musical instruments that we are not normally familiar with. Who are Fling’s musical influences? Broadly speaking we are influenced by everything from Planxty, Bothy Band, Lunasa and Solas to Woody Guthrie, Bob Dylan and Rory Gallagher. We are all into rock music and every one of us is moved by beautiful trad music from all over the world. Where does Fling stand in the genre of folk? We definitely see ourselves as Celtic but we are part of a new generation of well-travelled Paddys who have embraced many cultures from outside our own. Our Irish identity is very important to us but so are our influences from around the world. We want everyone, no matter where they come from, to find something in our music that they can relate to.
Favourite instrument? Between us we have a huge collection of instruments. Liam Carroll collects instruments every time he travels. He has several mandolins, guitars and a hammered dulcimer. He says that Uilleann Pipes always bring a tear to his eye when he is away from home. Liam Conway is also a big collector of instruments, in particular guitars. He was once asked how many guitars are in his house and he genuinely couldn’t answer the question! We all have many instruments in our homes ranging from Peruvian flutes to acoustic basses of all descriptions. Have you been touring over the summer or have you plans to do so in the next few months? We’ve been gigging all over Galway and have a number of big gigs on the horizon. There is a tour to Germany in the pipeline and we are touring the USA next summer. At the moment we are focussing on recording an album which will be released later this year.
Fling are: Paul Burke Liam Carroll Liam Conway Dessie Harrington Maeve Kelly www.myspace.com/flingfolk
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