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Ballinran Flute Band

Ballinran is a small townland two miles outside the village of Kilkeel at the foot of the Mourne Mountains, providing one of the most beautiful backdrops under which to produce great music.

The band is proud of its strong community base and has one of the strongest and most dynamic drum corps in UlsterScots music. The band play B flat wooden flutes, which, in the past they bought from one particular company in London. On hearing this Company was to close, some members from the band went to London, bought the tooling and equipment needed to build these particular flutes and now produce Bb flutes in a modified and improved form through a new company Miller, Wicks (NI) Limited, which is owned by three members of the band.

Because the flutes are a much improved form of the old London flutes, it was a natural progression for Ballinran Flute Band to play these new instruments. This encapsulates the Ulster Scots spirit, when coming across a situation that may be detrimental, find a way to turn it into a positive.

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