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Irish Folk Music and the Flute

Friday, May 29, 2020

By Br Pablo Rodríguez Jordá, O.P In the third episode of our series on Dominicans and their peculiar pursuits, we speak to Fr Robert Gay OP, the prior of Blackfriars Oxford and biologist turned bioethicist, about Irish folk music and his adventures with the flute.

Dominican life has always encouraged a healthy eclecticism and a zeal for the peculiar; a living out of St Paul’s maxim to “take every thought captive” for Christ. Not just Theologians is a new series in which we will explore some of these peculiar pursuits and passions of the friars, to see where a mind in pursuit of truth might be led. 

In this third episode, we speak with Fr Robert Gay OP, the prior of Blackfriars Oxford and biologist turned bioethicist, about his passion for Irish folk music. We talk about his first steps with the flute and other instruments, his discovery of Gaelic culture, and his latest musical pursuits.

Don't miss the 'surprise question' we asked him at the end.

Br Pablo Rodríguez-Jordá O.P.

Br Pablo was born and grew up in Alicante, Spain. He first lived in the UK as a student of History and English at the University of Southampton, and after graduating worked as a language teacher in Oxford, where he met the Dominicans. He entered the novitiate in 2017. Reading the works of Thomas Merton was a particular catalyst for his calling to the religious life. Similarly, reading G. K. Chesterton, J. R. R. Tolkien and J. H. Newman led him to the practice of the faith earlier during his university years. He is interested in languages, 19th century literature and the history of English Catholicism. | pablo.rodriguez@english.op.org


CHRISTINE commented on 29-May-2020 04:30 PM
Really enjoyed this thank you
Kevin Rowan commented on 07-Jun-2020 11:02 AM
Fr Robert,
What instrument do you play now and where did you get it?
I am teaching myself classical flute and love playing Irish music. I think my personal favourite is Michael McGoldrick.

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