Martin has been making simple system Irish flutes since the early 1980s and his first batch of Baroque flutes were crafted in 2000. Modelling his Baroque flutes on an eighteenth century Rottenburgh flute design, Martin has made several batches since and generally uses either boxwood or African Blackwood.
Martin Doyle Baroque Flute made of Boxwood
The 20th Sligo Festival of Baroque Music is being held at The Model in Sligo and Martin Doyle’s Flute Maker Workshop begins at 11 am on Saturday September the 26th.
It is most probably a fact that most flute makers do not get to know much about what the flutes they have made get up to once they have left their workshops, but there can be moments of exception.
One such moment came Martin Doyle‘s way recently when he received a very encouraging and inspirational message from veteran musician Premik Russell Tubbs regarding an event that Premik was involved with in January of 2015. That message, in part, is as follows:
Martin Doyle Flutes recently received two testimonial comments from customers and his website has had a facelift in the form of a resposive template.
Two New Testimonials
Martin Doyle has recently received two very glowing and kind testimonials for his flute making efforts. The first testimonial is from Irish flute player Mike Kenneally of County Galway:
I love the flute, Martin. Maybe I should say what it is I like about it. Well, first of all it vibrates very freely without much effort of blowing. It is finely in tune with itself and the tone is rich and smooth. The keyed notes have a clarity and strength that I have not encountered before, and I think that ending the flute at the low D makes all the difference to that note. Another good point that I have noticed is that it is very easy to do breath vibrato on it. So all in all a job very well done. Congratulations. I can perhaps, appreciate more than most the work that went into making such a superior instrument, because I do a bit of woodturning myself.
The second testimonial is from German flute player Stefan Thamm of Freiburg:
This recently published video clip is a cover of the Massive Attack classic Teardrop as performed by the Irish flute player Eimear McGeown on a Martin Doyle keyless D flute. A lovely piece beautifully performed by Eimear who gets great tone from the flute.
From the credits:
A cover of the song Teardrop by Massive Attack. Demo Version produced by John Tonks. Arranged by Eimear McGeown and John Tonks. Eimear McGeown – Irish Flute. Anna Jenkins – Violin/Viola.
More video clips of various musicians playing Martin Doyle flutes can be viewed on this page: Video Clips »
If you read the previous post, you will be aware that Martin Doyle spent a couple of weeks visiting friends (and making more) in Christchurch, New Zealand, over the 2014 Christmas period. On arrival Martin was quite ill with a heavy cold that he had caught in Clare the day before he left, which incubated very nicely during the 36 hours of air travel he had to endure to reach the far side of the world.
It is a matter of fact that bugs also like to travel and so it came to pass that Martin’s Kiwi friend and host Shardul caught a downgraded, second-hand, left-over version of the vicious and virulent virus. Life went on like this for a few short (and sometimes long) days and while the two were in convalescence mode one night, it was decided that a good movie would help clear the head-fog. The conversation revolving around which movie to watch went something like this…
Shardul: “Hey Martin, can you recommend a movie? I think we need to zone out for an hour or two.”
In the final three weeks of 2014, Martin Doyle abandoned the Irish winter for a well earned vacation in the form of a first time visit to New Zealand and the unique experience of Christmas in a sunny southern summer. After an epic thirty-six hour journey via London, Abu Dhabi and Sydney, Martin finally arrived in Christchurch which is in the Canterbury region of New Zealand’s South Island. During his stay in Christchurch, Martin was involved in a couple of informal music sessions that were held at The Lotus-Heart vegetarian restaurant.
An informal music session at The Lotus-Heart – from left: Shardul, Martin Doyle, John Wood and Jade Bell.
Martin also enjoyed a visit with local musicians Jade Bell and John Wood who live at Fisherman’s Point at the southern tip of Lake Ellesmere. Jade and John perform as a folk duo around Christchurch and were also involved in The Lotus-Heart sessions.
This sweet reel, The Two William Davises, is being performed by a group of friends on a fine summers day in Japan. The flute player is Yumi Takahashi who, when the video clip was recorded, had been playing her new Martin Doyle flute for just over two weeks. Yumi also plays tin whistle. Enjoy the music…
The following video clip features a traditional Irish children’s tune called The Dingle Regatta being performed by Cairde Chualann at the 2013 All Ireland Fleadh Cheoil in Derry. Cairde Chualann is a group of traditional musicians and dancers who hail from the counties Dublin, Wicklow and Kildare. The group has several flute players who play Martin Doyle flutes and we are told that there were three six-keyed, one nine-keyed and one keyless flute being played in this piece. The harpist is Claire O’Donnell who accompanies Martin Doyle (flute) playing a lovely tune that can be heard here: The Blue Hills of Antrim »