Celtic/Nordic Winds + Strings

Tom Oakes on SoundBetter

I’m a wooden/bamboo flute player, guitarist (steel/nylon) and sound designer specialising in Celtic and Nordic music as well as fusion from India, China and Japan. I also play whistles/low whistles, Greek Bouzouki and compose electronically. Featured soloist with Disney Pixar’s ‘Brave in Concert’ (World Premiere) and for Anthropologie ad campaign.

With a background in the traditional music of Ireland and Scotland and a passion for flutes and plectrum instruments from across the world I can produce accompaniment, lead lines and improvisation on a wide range of instruments (Detailed in 'Gear') Touring and recording globally for the last 18 years my most recent credits have included regular TV and Session work for the Visit Scotland, Edinburgh IFF, Edinburgh Fringe, BBC Alba, TG4 (Ireland), Music for the BBC Drama 'Shetland', Anthrpologie Clothing Stores (Full ad campaign) and multiple recordings with my own bands and as a session musician for a wide range of contemporary Scottish acts.

My duo 'Ross Couper and Tom Oakes' were nominated for Scottish Album of the year in 2017

I was also recently a featured soloist (Guitar) on the world premiere of Disney Pixar's 'Brave in Concert' with the BBC Scottish Symphony Orchestra.

I am based in Edinburgh with a high quality 'home' studio set-up and wood and stone 'live room'. I also have access in Edinburgh to world renowned studios such as Castlesound and Slate Room studios.

I have a huge range of instruments and where needed can source both musicians and instruments from across the Scottish music scene. Anything you need just ask.

Files provided here are a range from bare track (solo flute), pre-mix and sound design to full tracks from albums and stage productions.

Would love to hear from you. Click the contact button above to get in touch.


GenresSounds Like
  • Steve Cooney
  • John Doyle
  • John McCusker & Mike McGoldrick
  • Lúnasa
Gear Highlights
  • Fully Chromatic Wooden Flute (by M Grinter)
  • Pro Bansuri/Whistles/Dizi (All keys) Martin OM28
  • Godin GC
  • Tackamine 135sc Guitars. Greek Bouzouki. Contact me for studio gear specifics.
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