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Larry Rone bought a pennywhistle in 1980 and after a few years pissing off roommates and girlfriends, he formed an Irish band called Rakish Paddy. They sucked, but it was the 80s, so they got lots of gigs and eventually Larry learned how to play.

Since then he has been at the forefront of world & Celtic music in the Southwest. Larry is one of the best wooden flute and pennywhistle players in the region and one of the finest bombarde players outside of France. He is a former entertainment director for the North Texas Irish Festival and the Austin Celtic Festival. He has been a promoter of all forms of folk music, sponsoring tours of several top-shelf Breton musicians in the US.

Larry has played wooden flute, rustic oboe, pennywhistle and bombarde (a kind of Breton oboe developed by NASA rocket scientists) with several of Texas' finest traditional bands including Crazy Jane & the Bishop and Rakish Paddy. in 2003, Larry performed as a soloist on the bombarde with the Chicago Symphony.

He is also a highly respected flute player in Japan, where he was a founding member of the Kansai-based Banish Misfortune (厄払い Yakubarai) and performed regularly with the most famous Japanese folksinger-songwriter, Takaishi Tomoya. Larry has recorded with Michael Martin Murphy, Ed Miller and Eliza Gilkyson. Larry has lived and traveled widely in the British Isles and Brittany, collecting tunes and learning regional musical styles.

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Wilkes Rudal-Rose wooden flute, all manner of penny whistles, bagpipes, bombardes (double reed cousin of the oboe).

Full 12-channel PA with mics, stands, cables, etc.