The "Old Orange Flute" is an anonymous 19th century
composition that was originally an "Orange" song but is
now played by both Loyalists and Republicans.
Towards the end of the nineteenth century, Irish
political ballads dealt less with the struggles of the
Irish peasantry over land and concentrated on the
struggle for independence. They told anew the story of
Ireland?s troubled history with its more powerful
neighbour, Britain, and captured and supported the
political dreams of new generations who sought an
independent nation."The Old Orange Flute" reflected the
Irish Protestant fears of the Roman Catholic
Although this piece was originally written for folk
instruments, I arranged it for Flute Ensemble (Piccolo,
Flute & Alto Flute) at the request of a member.