My first encounter with the Native American flute was in 2002 when I met Raymond Redfeather of Heartwood flutes and I was mesmerized by the power and beauty of the sound they made. The flute I purchased from him opened up a whole new joyous world of music to me. I was entranced by the ability of the instrument to transport both player and listener to another realm. In 2004 my life changed direction dramatically and I was inspired to make my own flutes.
The first Nightstar flute was created on my kitchen table using the most basic of tools. In 2006 I moved with my family to the village of Broughton in Northamptonshire and Nightstar Flutes are now made in a fully fitted workshop at the bottom of the garden, overlooked by the horses in the field beyond. Between 2013 and 2016 flute-making was put on hold and I re-entered the world of paid employment.
Spring 2016 was a new beginning as I returned to my heart's calling: making flutes, teaching people to play, giving talks and demonstrations, teaching flute-making workshops and playing music.
Nightstar Flutes are based on those made by the indigenous peoples of America. Whilst honouring and up-holding the Native American tradition, I am trying to capture something of the mysticism and spirituality of these Celtic lands. The hard woods are sourced from a local supplier.
Some of the imagery burned on them is based on the crop circles that appear in our fields. Other imagery, such as that of the green man and lunar symbols hark back to our pagan past. Each flute is as individual as you are, a thing of beauty that will give you years of joy and sweet music.
When I am not making flutes, I now travel the country; attending shows, giving talks and teaching workshops to introduce more people to the magic of the Native American Flute.