Blind Mary by harpist Turlough O’Carolan, played on the tin whistle
Ann & Nicky McAuliffe playing a selection of jigs on tin whistle.
Peter Phelan, tin whistle, plays Tom McElvogue’s & Troy’s Wedding jigs
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 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.
Fingering chart for Irish D Tin Whistle, with sheet music and tablatures for two easy songs. These fingerings also apply to Irish flute or Low whistle. Click on the image to display. Download the fingering chart in pdf format below
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.