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Seamus Tierney Wins Two All-Ireland Titles Playing A Martin Doyle Flute

Teen traditional musician Seamus Tierney won three titles at the All-Ireland Fleadh Cheoil finals at Derry in August, 2013 – two of them playing a Martin Doyle flute. Seamus, who comes from Lavey in County Derry, took first prize in the Flute 15-18 category and third prize in the Flute Slow Airs 15-18 category. He also collected first prize in the Tin Whistle 15-18 category.

Our heartiest congratulations to Seamus! Here he is playing two reels: Kiss the Maid Behind the Barrel and The Morning Thrush.

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Kathlyn Sheehy Wins and Places in All-Ireland U-12 Flute Competitions

Kathlyn Sheehy is a young flute player who plays a Martin Doyle flute and won the 2012 All-Ireland Under-12 Flute Fleadh Cheoil competition in Cavan and placed second in the 2013 All-Ireland Under-12 Flute competition in Derry. Our heartiest congratulations to Kathlyn – well done!

Kathlyn Sheehy

Kathlyn Sheehy sporting a trophy and her Martin Doyle flute

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Barry Conaty playing a Martin Doyle flute

Barry Conaty is a young flute player from County Cavan. In July he won first place in both the U 12 flute and the U 12 flute slow air competitions at the Ulster Fleadh 2012. Barry plays a Martin Doyle flute and recently sent Martin a very kind and eloquent note regarding his experiences and feelings about the flute. Those comments can be viewed at the top of this page »

Martin Doyle and Barry Conaty share some tunes in Martin's workshop

Martin Doyle and Barry Conaty share some tunes in Martin’s workshop

Here is a video clip of Barry Conaty playing his Martin Doyle flute…

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Fingering Charts Added To Martin Doyle Flutes

Martin Doyle playing a simple system keyless D flute

In the interests of serving those who play simple system flutes, Martin Doyle has added fingering charts for simple system keyless D flutes to his website. Printable PDF versions of the fingering charts are also available to download.

These fingering charts are inspired by the fingering charts published by Johann Joachim Quantz (1697–1773) in his treatise On Playing the Flute which was first published in 1752. Martin Doyle studied Quantz at the beginning of his flute making career and found On Playing the Flute to be a great source of inspiration and information regarding simple system flutes and eighteenth century music in general.

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Martin Doyle's fingering chart for a simple system keyless D flute

Martin Doyle’s fingering charts for simple system keyless D flutes can be viewed here »

A big THANK YOU to Asankita for creating the graphics – chur bro…!

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Martin Doyle cocus wood 9 key D flute

Martin Doyle Cocus Wood 9 Key D Flute

Martin Doyle Cocus Wood 9 Key D Flute - click on image to see a larger version

Martin Doyle has just finished crafting a 9 key D flute made of cocus wood. The tuning slide, keys and ferrules are hand made of sterling silver. Photos of the flute can be viewed here.

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Martin Doyle at Art in Action

Art in Action

Art in Action is a 3-day arts and crafts festival held every June Bank Holiday Weekend. Top artists and craftspeople from many different disciplines are invited to set up studios, stalls and workshops to demonstrate their work and skills live. Over a hundred craft, fine, liberal and performing artists demonstrate and sell their art to the public. An extensive range of children and adult art classes are also available, all set in the lovely house and grounds of Townley Hall near Drogheda in County Louth, Ireland. Art in Action is affiliated to the John Scottus School.

Art in Action is organised and staffed by the School of Philosophy, an educational charity in Dublin (CHY 5791). Everyone who contributes to the organisation and staffing of the event does so entirely on a voluntary basis and without payment of any kind. This is at the core of the ethos of Art in Action and contributes to its unique atmosphere – about which both visitors and artists frequently comment.
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Flute players at Martin Doyle's stand at Art in Action, June 2010

Flute players at Martin Doyle

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Recently Added: Baroque Flutes by Martin Doyle

A new page highlighting Martin Doyle’s Baroque Flutes has been added to Martin Doyle Flutes.

Martin Doyle completed his first set of Baroque flutes early in 2000. Originally working with African Blackwood, he modeled his Baroque flute design on an eighteenth century Rottenburgh Baroque flute. Martin has also made Baroque flutes from Irish Boxwood — one of which is featured below.

Martin Doyle Baroque Flute in Irish Boxwood

Martin Doyle Baroque Flute in Irish Boxwood

To find out more and to hear Martin playing his boxwood Baroque flute, jump to: Baroque Flutes by Martin Doyle.

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