Brian Finnegan is a prolific composer from Northern Ireland, playing Irish Flute and Tin Whistle.
I find his music very beautiful and definitely ripe for playing on the Violin, Viola or Cello.
First found Brian through a discussion at thesession.org - about a tune called "The Blue Keys". Turns out the name is actually "Blue Gaze" - composed by Brian.
Here, he plays "Blue Gaze" as the 3rd tune of the medley (starts at 4:20). Sheet music at thesession.org. All the tunes in this set are beautiful!
Here, "Blue Gaze" played as the 1st tune of an amazing whistle & Highland pipe performance by Alexander Levack, Glasgow 2018.
Brian's music would sound fabulous played on the fiddle!
All 9 of the tracks on his "The Ravishing Genius of Bones" album are definitely worth listening to.
...think I might have already mentioned Brian elsewhere on the forum - good stuff!
Never heard of Finnegan.
I don't do a lot on the flute, just doodle in the upper register at the moment: oboes don't overblow - they have an octave key, so the flute needs overblow practice. It's purely for pleasure and something I've been wanting for 35 years. But there is in fact a flute orchestra in London that I'll keep my eye on.
If it's generic folk music, I have a go on both instruments, assuming it doesn't go too low for the flute. However, a lot of stuff is online (I don't play much by ear), and there are often multiple versions transposed for different instruments.
The flute is very good for pentatonic stuff - I'd like a Japanese flute (a 2.4' Shakuhachi), but the price is silly and they are made in China anyway, so I'll probably just stick to flute and maybe also alto flute.
Was just reminded of this great tune - here's sheet music for "The Blue Keys" (aka. "Blue Gaze").
Will sound fabulous transcribed lower on Viola! ...guess what I'll be doing?
More keys with audio available here: The Blue Keys Reel (Blue Gaze) - thesession.org