This blog is dedicated to the sublime instruments called nose flutes and which produce the most divine sound ever. We have chosen to discard all the native models from S. Pacific and Asia, for they need fingering to be played. We'll concentrate on "buccal cavity driven" nose flutes : the well patented and trademarked metal or plastic ones, plus, by a condemnable indulgence, some wooden craft or home-made productions.

Aug 28, 2014

Lloyd Buford Threlkel - Another Portrait

Just another picture of Lloyd Buford Threlkel, Honorary Degree Member of the Nose Flute Hall of Fame. It would be nice to find the original picture, since this one looks to be a multiple photocopies result.

And just for the pleasure:

Low Down Blues (Eubie Blake / Noble Sissle), 4-29-1927, St. Louis, Missouri, Okeh 8469.
(nose flute solo starting at 0'56) :


  1. Always great to see new artefacts! Thanks! The picture seems heavily retouched and reminds me of the work my grandfather did as a hobby during the 1930s-1940s.

    The excerpt is fabulous. I think it is exactly what you have already posted before, which was my favourite of the bunch. I love the 'bad' bass of the jugs, particularly the way it slides upwards. The nose flute sounds crisp and very well-played. The song is a perfect example of pre-WWII-blues and is very indicative of the sound and atmosphere Robert Johnson would gather later on.

    1. Hello Maikel,
      Yes, I already put "Low Down Blues" on the blog, but as you noticed, it's a so great tune that I put it again, under "the sight" of newcomers on the blog

  2. Well, that guy really deserves the honorary degree of the Hall of Fame! What a great noseflutist! Thanks for posting it again, :)