One feature the "Fling" are particularly renowned for is their presentation of Irish traditional and original dance music which is largely due to the musical excellence of the "tunes" section of the band. With Suzanne Harris on fiddle and Ormonde Waters on concertina, uilleann pipes, Highland bagpipes and whistles, there is a fascinating variety of sounds from instruments rarely seen and even more rarely played so well.
They have a strong focus on original material including both songs and tunes. Songwriter David B. Johnson captures the contemporary Australian experience and his songs are much-requested wherever the band performs. These are complemented by the mixture of traditional and contemporary Irish songs, all the way up to modern classics which while not even remotely Celtic, are given that special "Fling" touch which makes them feel right at home in the repertoire.
Laying the rhythmic foundation is Graeme Bell on bass who, together with the guitar and cittern, brings out the subtleties and power inherent in the music of the "Fling". Another unique feature of this band and in many ways its "secret weapon" is a consistently good sound regardless of whether they are playing in a concert hall or a tiny backroom bar.
The "Fling" have released two CDs to date which have seen them become one of the biggest selling unsigned independent acts in Australia. They have also appeared by invitation on three compilation CDs.
As their alter ego "Tatterjack" they were the first Irish music ensemble to be recruited to the Musica Viva in Schools programme. This has been such a success that Irish groups have been added to the programme in other states.
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Winners of the 1997 WAMI Award - Best Original Folk Act