Gary Hastings - Fluteplayer
Artists ProfileGary Hastings is an exceptionally talented flute player. Originally from East Belfast he learned to play bagpipes in the local Boys’ Brigade band. He later got swept up in the traditional music revival while studying in Coleraine, influenced by legendary musicians Cathal McConnell, Len Graham, Joe Holmes, Mick Hoy and Eddie Duffy. While completing a degree in Irish Studies he researched the playing of the fife and the Lambeg drum which was published as a book in 2003.
A fluent Irish speaker, a strong promoter of the shared tradition of Irish music, a man of great warmth and humour, the ven Gary Hastings is currently the Rector at St Nicholas Collegiate Church Galway.