A 'Fling' in Irish musical vernacular is a traditional dance type found in various part of the country especially Kerry, Mayo and Donegal. Often related to a Highland fling, the tune itself has a wild, rugged and restless sound to it denoting an intimate yet rural atmosphere.
Fling is also the name of a four-piece band.
A group of articulate, accomplished musicians their interpretations of Irish traditional music and song is ensconced in their love and respect of Irish culture. As regards their use of a band name; in Fling's case the choice is an appropriate one. For, as with the tune for which they decided to call themselves, Fling's music is by turns wild, rugged and restless but above all it's real, devoid of cliché and false mannerisms - its sound is a living sound.
Fling was founded in 1996. Evertjan 't Hart (uilleann pipes, whistles and bouzouki), Siard de Jong (fiddle, whistles, bouzouki and vocals), Annemarie de Bie (vocals, flute and bodhrán) and Philip Masure (guitar and vocals) have been its line-up since 2009. Fling, mentioned as one of the top folk bands in Holland, takes their audience on a wild ride from one musical extremity to the other.
The band overwhelm their audiences with an immaculate, yet wild and passionate performance, in which they reach out and touch their souls, playing ballads and tunes from Ireland and Scotland.Their approach to the music is with the deepest respect for its tradition, yet enriched by their
own, quite original, arrangements. Flings' interpretation of Irish and Scottish music and original compositions got them
impressive press-reviews full of praise, both nationally and internationally.
The album 'The Wild Swans At Coole' was reviewed as "the best ever heard from a Dutch band" (New Folk Sounds). Flings' eagerly awaited second album 'The Blackbird' got international credits; " it sends memories of The Bothy Band floating into the subconsciousness" (Rock 'N Reel) and "a good listen from a group who sound like a great
live act." (Irish Music Magazine)'
Lost in Dunkineely' is Fling's third album. Presenting this album, Fling started touring the theatres of Holland in 2009.
While it's sound is familiar to those who've followed the band, there is a wonderfully bright development in style and musical approach in the Celtic tradition. The sway between the wild and haunting tunes and the, in turn,melancholy and upbeat songs is magically enthralling. 'Lost in Dunkineely' carries an international appeal that has conquered listeners from all around the world.
In 2010 a fourth album was finished together with a new show under the title: A Ditch near Cree.
Trad. Mag.: "A brilliant mix of wild and intimate music, proving that Fling is truly the equal of Irelands best music groups."
"A Ditch near Cree" opened on the 14th of January of 2011 and is currently due for another series of concerts starting
on the 4th of February 2012.