Knox County native R. Reagan De Busk developed a fascination for ethnic and world music in his teens. He started playing Irish flute and tin-whistle in 2006. Before he became addicted to Irish music, Reagan played trombone in marching and concert bands, and in jazz ensembles and swing bands. He also played African and Indian percussion, various ethnic woodwinds, and Baroque and Renaissance recorder during his tenure as a free spirit in the nineties. He is quite happy to be playing with Sigean after a longish stretch of not “playing out”.
Reagan derives inspiration and instruction from the playing of such traditional artists as Frankie Kennedy, Matt Molloy, Seamus Tansey, Sean Potts, Sean Ryan, John Skelton, and Michael Clarkson. His favorite flute is made by Washington state maker Casey Burns and his favorite whistle is made by Michael Burke.