Audition Round Up: Guitar & Flute Duo and Irish Pipe

November 07, 2012

As an entertainment agency of some note, you can never have too many acts and as part of our never ending quest to have All the Acts we regularly invite the acts in to the office for a quick audition and a chat to see how they’d work out in the world of corporate event and wedding entertainment. This week was no different with a brilliant guitar and flute duo ­­­­ and an Irish Pipe player popping in to perform for the team.

 A smart alternative to other classical duos like the Harp and flute or Cello duo, the Guitar and Flute duo offer the same tasteful, elegant background music but with increased portability – especially useful for weddings at which performers are required to play during the ceremony and reception. The duo showcased an impressive range in their repertoire; the use of the nylon stringed guitar allows the pair to perform classical and Latin infused pieces while offering an interesting counterpoint to the flute. Their versatility coupled with an ability to arrange pieces by request makes this duo an appealing option for classical background music at both corporate events and weddings.

 We get plenty of requests for Irish music, be that at weddings where one or both of the couple have Irish roots, or at corporate events with an Irish theme. Most requests are for ceilidh bands but occasionally clients are looking for something a little more unusual while remaining authentically Irish - Enter the Irish Pipes or Uilleann. Piper, fiddler and tin whistle player Dominic came in to show off this extremely rare traditional Irish instrument and perform a few songs for us.

The uilleann pipes - a sort of long-lost cousin of the Bagpipes – has a number of similarities to that famous Scottish instrument but features a few key differences, the first being the use of bellows rather than a mouth operated pipe – in fact the name literally means ‘pipes of the elbow’ duo to the method of delivering air to the instrument. Elsewhere, keys are operated with the wrist/side of the hand to create chords making the Uilleann Pipes the closest thing that Irish Music has to ‘Twister’. The Irish Pipes are far quieter and less harsh than Bagpipes making them a more suited to indoor events (as anyone who’s heard a Bagpiper playing indoors can probably attest).

For more information on booking either of these acts for corporate events, weddings or private functions, head over to our contact page and get in touch.

By Garreth Owen