Irish flute

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The Irish flute is a conical-bore, simple-system wooden flute of the type favoured by classical flautists of the early 19th century, or to a flute of modern manufacture derived from this design (often with modifications to optimize its use in Irish Traditional Music, Scottish Traditional Music or Music of Brittany and other Celtic nations). The majority of traditional Irish flute players use a wooden, simple-system flute.[1]

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Irish flute
Matt Molloy playing flute in Westport in March 2000
Hornbostel–Sachs classification421.121.12
(open side-blown flute with fingerholes)
Playing range
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(B3) C4–C7 (F7)
(B3) C4–C7 (F7)
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Although it is played in every county in Ireland, the flute has a strong heartland in the mid-western counties of Roscommon, Leitrim, Sligo, south Fermanagh, east Galway, Clare and west Limerick.[2]