Tag Archives: Tin Whistle

Discovering the Tin Whistle: A Spotify Playlist

discovering the tin whistle - a spotify playlist

This Spotify playlist offers a selection of tin whistle music, encompassing both traditional and modern styles. It includes notable works such as Mary Bergin’s “Feadoga Stain 1&2” and Donncha O’Briain’s “Ceol ar an bhFeadog Stain,” alongside contemporary pieces from groups like Deiseal. This playlist provides a broad perspective on the different styles and artists associated with the tin whistle, so there should be something to suit both enthusiasts and those new to the genre.

Mary Bergin, Donncha O’Briain, Sean Ryan, Cormac Breatnach, Micho Russell, Seamus Ennis, Willie Clancy, Paddy Keenan, Vinnie Kilduff & more

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Jim Donoghue – Irish tin whistle player

Jim Donoghue (1910-90) was a Sligo tin whistle player, known for his style of playing the “Clarke Whistle” – he played in a strong, rhythmic style with a tone that approached that of the Irish flute. He obtained his unique tone by working or “humouring” the fipple of his Clarke tin whistle, and played many of his tunes in unique settings. Below is his version of the Battering Ram jig.

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Jim Donoghue – Recordings at the British Library

The  British Library has an enormous online archive of recordings, with a large selection of Irish traditional music in the collection “Traditional Music in England”.
Among the Irish musicians is the excellent whistle player Jim Donoghue.

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Brightest and Best – Tin Whistle Christmas Carols

Tin Whistle Christmas Carols – Brightest and Best, sheet music. Tin Whistle tablatures and audio included in the book Tin Whistle for Children Volume 1.

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Eimear & Caoimhe Flannery – fiddle, tin whistle

Caoimhe & Eimear Flannery

Caoimhe & Eimear Flannery – fiddle, tin whistle – recorded in Brosna, Co.Kerry in 2014



Ronan Browne & Peadar O’Loughlin – Jigs

Ronan Browne (uilleann pipes) & Peadar O’Loughlin (fiddle) play 2 slip jigs : Taim in [...]

Kitty Hayes

Kitty Hayes (born Smith) was an Irish concertina player from Fahanlunaghta, not far from Lahinch, [...]

Jacki O’Connor and Aoife Neville – concertina – 3 slides

Irish concertina : Jacki O’Connor and Aoife Neville play 3 slides

Cruinniu – hornpipe & 2 reels

The group Cruinniu playing at the Cooley/Collins festival, with 3 tunes : the Boys of [...]

Róisín Nic Dhonnacha, tin whistle – air & reel

Caoinleach glas an fhómhair & Larkin’s beehives –  Róisín Nic Dhonnacha, tin whistle

Senan Shortell and Naoise Kettle – concertina & fiddle

Senan Shortell and Naoise Kettle play “Paddy Fahy’s Jig” on concertina and fiddle

Donncha O’Briain

Donncha O’Briain was a tin whistle teacher and performer, from a musical family from Dublin, with brothers Mick (pipes) Tom (fiddle) Andrew (fiddle) and John (pipes)

He was a member of CCE Cluain Tarbh, and taught and played regularly with the branch.He released a collection of tunes called the Golden Eagle, and an excellent whistle album which was recently re-released on Gael-linn, under the title Irish Traditional Airs on Tin Whistle / Ceol ar an bhFeadóg Stain. In 1980 he received a People of the Year Award for ‘his triumph over disability, his musical prowess and the inspiration which he provided for so many.’ Donncha passed away in 1990, aged just 30.

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