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Caoimhe & Eimear Flannery – fiddle, tin whistle, vocals – recorded at the 37th Cork Folk Festival in October 2016

 

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The Irish tin whistle

The Irish Tin WhistleThe tin whistle is a small fipple flute or flageolet, and like the bodhran, exists in many forms in many different cultures. What is uniquely Irish is the playing and musical style, again like the bodhran.

The whistle is one of the most popular Irish instruments, as it is small, cheap and durable, and can be easily obtained in music shops. It is often used for beginners as an introduction to the world of Irish traditional music, and is a popular school instrument. Although it is a small, simple instrument, it can be and is played to a virtuoso level – for example players like Mary Bergin, Donncha O’Briain or Paddy Moloney.
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Mary Bergin was born in Dublin in 1949,  and starded playing the whistle at the age of 9, after hearing Willie Clancy (Uilleann Pipes) in concert. She moved to Spiddal, where she still lives today. She plays with Alec Finn (De Danann) and the group  Dordan, and teaches the whistle.

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