Paddy Taylor’s Reel

paddytaylor.jpg Here's a reel from the playing of Paddy Taylor, a flute player from Abbyfeale in Co. Limerick who played a wooden Bohm flute.

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  • Cathy

    Grass, heh-heh, they made me type “grass.” :-) Michael, this is terrific (like, what isn’t these days)! I’m so grateful for your doing this. Thank you!

    May 18, 2007 at 6:44 pm
  • Seán Hennessy

    Paddy Taylor didn’t play a Boehm flute, he played a Radcliffe system flute. It has a cylindrical bore like a Boehm, but the fingering is designed to work like a simple system flute with keys instead of holes.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:46 pm
  • irish flute tunes

    Thanks for the flute-type information. I know Paddy Carty played a Radcliffe system flute but thought that Mr. Taylor’s instrument of a bit more keyed than that.

    May 27, 2008 at 2:55 pm
  • Brian Taylor Kent

    Paddy Taylor was not only the greatest flute player that ever lived, God rest his soul, he was also my favourite uncle. A devoted family man who enjoyed entertaining the whole family at Christmas time and any other excuse to play his flute for us. He tried to teach me when I was 8yrs old but the only sound I could make was the sound of spit filling up a flute. If any of my cousins reads this please contact me, I live in Baguio City, the Philippines.

    Oct 4, 2009 at 3:05 pm
  • Linda Butler

    I remember Friday nights at Westcroft Square too Brian.Uncle Paddy also gave me a try on his flute, I failed miserably as well. But I DID learn to play the flute when I was 33! How about e-mailing your sister some day?

    Nov 24, 2009 at 7:19 pm
  • Michael Kerslake

    I am one of many grandsons of Paddy Taylor. Though I never knew my Grandfather I am trying to find out where my roots are and what he was like as a performer, musician and person.

    If anyone would be gracious enough to throw some information my way I would be more than grateful!!!


    Dec 31, 2009 at 1:29 am
  • Vicki Siska

    Hello to Michael Kerslake, Linda Butler and Brian Taylor Kent - I am related to you through my soul sister Maura who was married to Aidan O’Sullivan, Paddy’s nephew and a fine musician in his own right! If any of you are interested in contacting me we can see what information can be shared. I should also say that Paddy has a heir apparent these days…..

    Looking forward to hearing from you. Email is

    Feb 25, 2010 at 10:02 pm