Ironworker plays the haunting melody of “Lord of the Rings” on a huge flute


5 July 2021, 15:20

A robust ironworker performs the sublime music of The Lord of the Rings on the flute.

Photo: Paul Harvey Flute Guy / YouTube

A sturdy ironworker dons a hard hat and uses his break from work to play haunting music to the drips and rattles of a concrete space.

If you woke up thinking “all I need to see today is a helmeted ironworker playing a sublime the Lord of the Rings resumption with the flute in situ of work ‘, you are in luck.

Flutist ‘Paul Harvey Flute Guy’, who masquerades as a daytime blacksmith, recently released his Native American walking stick flute for a special rendition of a song from the film’s trilogy soundtrack.

The track he covers is ‘A Walking Song’, which the Lord of the Rings fans among you will have heard Pippin’s vocal cords in the third film in the trilogy, The king’s return.

Harvey’s interpretation of the sweet flute song is accompanied by the drip, drip, drip of a good volume of water to the site where he is (there had been a thunderstorm), plus the occasional clicking sound of co-workers lifting metal. Or at least that’s what we imagine.

The environment is a striking juxtaposition with the soft tones of Harvey’s wooden instrument, and what the space may lack in opulence, it makes up for in resonance.

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In addition to riffs on the song’s melody line, Harvey adds beautiful harmony through drone notes, utilizing the flute’s fascinating ability to allow a player to play more than one note at the same time.

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“It’s a rod drone flute, which means there are two flutes,” Harvey told Classic FM. “The one on the top half of the stick is the drone flute, so it has no holes and only makes one note when blown. This note corresponds to the lowest playable note on the melody flute, which constitutes the lower half of the walking stick.

As Harvey explains, he can choose to play only the melody flute, or give the instrument its kind of bagpipe sound, playing both simultaneously.

“The flute I use in the video is in the key of E minor and tuned to a pentatonic scale. And with the rubber tip, you can also use it as a walking stick.

A lovely meditative moment, with a little added flute nerdness attached. We have never been there for this.

Click here to see more fabulous flute moments on Paul Harvey’s YouTube channel.


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