The Flutists

August 14th, 2010

The Flutists - Family Portrait

This merry bunch just can’t get enough wood.

(submitted by Brenna)

127 Responses to “The Flutists”

  1. Trevor says:

    Did someone put the front guy’s right boot on with MS Paint?

  2. diane says:

    the one in the pink/purple looks like she might be someone with the recorder. and the hair is funny looking on the girl with the white dress or out of date.

  3. AndrewT says:

    Yes, Front Right Girl looks like she wandered by from a 1970 Moody Blues recording session.

  4. Joanne says:

    The woman in the back wanted to play the flute…but her asthma got in the way…and back in those medieval 60s days-there really wasn’t much out there to treat asthma.

  5. Chris says:

    Guy in the front is the King of Mississippi (True Blooders will know)

    • gwen says:

      ahh! i was wondering if anyone else saw that immediately
      wow i wont be able to watch him be a crazy vampire on true blood without thinking of this

  6. big dave says:

    this looks like something from MONTY PYTHONS FLYING CIRCUS!!!

  7. Moot says:

    What bothers me about this is that that one lady in the front is dressed in a style that belongs more in the Regency period than the Middle Ages. It — it just sticks out like a sore thumb. GAH! It bugs the crap out of me!

    • CarrieM says:

      I thought it looked like a nightgown.

    • Kazz says:

      On the phone now to the medieval sword fighters in the park…they’ll be so relieved to know their missing member is just fine and posting over here at AFP! πŸ˜‰

    • LKT says:

      Ditto! She is wearing a typical 1970’s style maxi dress. My grandma made me one just like it! I think it is Simplicity Pattern number #8654 πŸ™‚

    • Ryan says:

      Looks kind of Lawrence Welkish to me. She would fit right in with that happy-go-lucky troop of optimistic, nostalgic, singers. But she might have to trade in her recorder.

  8. Stephanie says:

    This is the funniest post ever! You win! You win the internet!

  9. Ponyo says:

    Before Guitar Hero there was … Recorder Hero

  10. Lee says:

    Hard to tell if they play those things, or go around beating people with them.

  11. Really! says:

    Can never get enough jazz flute

  12. Sara says:

    Fleetwood Mac: The Early Years

  13. Sarah says:

    I now have this stuck in my head “Alas, my love, you do me wrong, To cast me off discourteously. For I have loved you well and long, Delighting in your company Greensleeves was all my joy Greensleeves was my delight, Greensleeves was my heart of gold, And who but my lady greensleeves”
    The one chick in the back has a tamborine or something i bet she was the rebel of the group not wanting anything to do with the recorder she wanted something that jingle jangled

  14. Kazz says:

    “This one time….at band camp…..”

  15. Baseball says:

    How come the poor woman on the right has a turtle neck dress without puffy sleeves? Surely as lead recorderist they could let her show a little clavical too?

  16. cranky says:

    Looks like someone is experiencing their minstrel period. πŸ™‚

  17. Tiffani says:

    The caption brings this photo to a whole new level of inappropriate LOL!!!

  18. cest says:

    Is that flautist in the foreground Fred Grandy (aka Gopher from The Love Boat)?

  19. Smartazz says:

    I love the fact that they are all supposed to be a part of the renaissance period with the clever outfits and old looking instruments, yet, in the background there is stadium lighting !!! classic.

  20. JerseyPam says:

    I’ll say it again…some of the funniest people on the planet visit this website. What a great way to wake up on a Sunday morning (EST).

  21. MMB says:

    Medieval Mammas and Pappas. All the leaves are brown and the sky is grey…

  22. Strackdaddy says:

    Rings on their index fingers? Is this historically correct, quirkiness of professional Renaissance recorder players or maybe a gang sign?

    • Kim says:

      Come you not to the glade that is ours lest we get medieval on thy posterior, yo.

    • geekgirl says:

      LOL, gang sign, definitely gangs sign. πŸ™‚
      Rings actually got worn on all the fingers, even on the segments between the first and second knuckle. That hair, and sheer amount of polyester I have to laugh at though. πŸ™‚ This is like a re-enactors nightmare I would imagine.

  23. charles says:

    And then one year we all went to renaissance band camp……

  24. Pikkewyn says:

    This is album art for a family folk group. In the 1960s it was required by law that every family form a musical group. We all remember the Jacksons and the Osmonds, but who remembers the Koslowskis of Madison? I do! They were fantastic! Their recorder riffs were AWESOME!

  25. Boppie says:

    A mighty wind, indeed!

  26. Moss Morris says:

    They were forced to eat Sir Robin’s minstrels… And there was much rejoicing….

  27. wreck says:

    Jethro Tull — the early years.

  28. Andi from NC says:

    “The minstrel five are we – with recorders we play with glee!!!”

  29. Jeff says:

    Please pass me the parsley, sage, rosemary and thyme.

  30. Betsy says:

    Best caption EVER!

  31. Jerry says:

    I wonder why the guys got the ‘fancy’ store-bought costumes and the girls had to make their own.

  32. Masha says:


  33. Jennifer says:

    I swear that looks like Colorado Springs, CO. And the lady with the tambourine appears to be the only one in on the joke. Love her!

    • Hoots says:

      That’s funny, I was thinking it looked exactly like San Bernardino, California. I swear I’ve seen that playground before. Fortunately none of them appear to be related to me. πŸ˜€

  34. HeatherW says:

    After starting their new recorder based folk band and picking cute nicknames, Parsley, Sage, Rosemary, and Thyme were still waiting on Agnes who couldn’t decide between “Cumin” and “Nutmeg”.

  35. Tim S says:

    They had bouffant hairstyles in the Renaissance?

  36. Macey says:

    The lady in the back center looks a little disappointed that she only has a tamborine!

  37. ejh says:

    let the sunshine…toot…let the sunshine in…toot toot…the sunnnn shine innnnnnn…toot toot toot…

  38. carol says:

    Wow! So many levels of awkwardness! Loving those tights!

  39. Gonzo says:

    KEEP ROWING! I hear recorder music!

  40. JerseyPam says:

    ‘A Midsummer Night’s Scream!’

    I think the lady in the middle wanted to play table tennis.

  41. panda says:

    So they’re on a playground, in costumes, with recorders… They’re like overgrown second graders. Is this from some magic camera that makes everyone look 30 years older?

  42. B Wooley says:

    The one with no apparent flute seems to have struck an attitude of ironic superiority. I would understand her smug smile were she not also wearing renaissancey finery.

  43. LA says:

    Is that Gopher from “The Love Boat”?

  44. Matt says:

    I just love the idea of these people playing an instrument usually reserved for second graders posing superseriously on a jungle gym at the local elementary school.

  45. Moe says:

    Look at those little feet in the red slippers! HA!!!

  46. momof2 says:

    what the ……?! yikes. I think the best part is the guys hats….or maybe the tights n pointy shoes!! The two in front don’t look like they were quite ready for the photo to be taken!

  47. centavo71 says:

    Um, wow.

  48. Ryan says:

    Mary, with the tambourine, stands in the back and longs for the day when she will be allowed to play the recorder with the rest of the group.

  49. Bea says:

    Oh there is nothing like a snappy recorder playing at the rennaisance faire, especially when dressed in such fine party regalia. Note the little red boots for that extra somethin somethin of flair.

  50. Julie says:

    But they’re recorders, not flutes!

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