>There is a big problem in the fingerings on the Recorder which make it
>very difficult to cope with a fast reel or so, but I think the recorder
>is good for slow airs (Marc Duff from Capercaillie uses a recorder too)
>The classical flute has much more fingering problems then the Irish
>flute, yet if one masters the classical flute's fingerings it works
>good in Irish music (see Joanny Madden for instance).
I agree with you, Yuval, that the fingering of the recorder makes it
difficult to play Irish music well on it. But not all of us like Joanie
Madden's flute playing any better. On her 1994 CD "A Whistle on the Wind",
her whistle playing is lovely, but her flute playing sounds rather stilted,
and I suspect her flute's fingering is at the root of it.
All the best--
--Rick Gagne, Bath, New Hampshire, USA