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Your Favorite Tin Whistler

Le Scaramouche 22 Jun 05 - 06:10 AM
Kaleea 22 Jun 05 - 06:16 AM
GUEST,padgett 22 Jun 05 - 06:20 AM
GUEST, Jos 22 Jun 05 - 06:28 AM
kendall 22 Jun 05 - 06:43 AM
muppitz 22 Jun 05 - 07:38 AM
GUEST,An Englishman Abroad 22 Jun 05 - 07:56 AM
GUEST 22 Jun 05 - 08:51 AM
GUEST,Richard 22 Jun 05 - 08:55 AM
Dave Bryant 22 Jun 05 - 09:33 AM
Dave the Gnome 22 Jun 05 - 10:19 AM
ard mhacha 22 Jun 05 - 10:19 AM
Dave Bryant 22 Jun 05 - 11:17 AM
GUEST,CN 22 Jun 05 - 11:19 AM
Stu 22 Jun 05 - 12:08 PM
Le Scaramouche 22 Jun 05 - 12:09 PM
GUEST,Paul Burke 22 Jun 05 - 12:19 PM
kendall 22 Jun 05 - 02:57 PM
gnu 22 Jun 05 - 03:11 PM
Little Robyn 22 Jun 05 - 03:28 PM
Leraud 22 Jun 05 - 03:35 PM
GUEST,DannyC 22 Jun 05 - 03:49 PM
akenaton 22 Jun 05 - 04:23 PM
akenaton 22 Jun 05 - 04:48 PM
Zany Mouse 22 Jun 05 - 04:53 PM
Tig 22 Jun 05 - 05:29 PM
Bob Bolton 22 Jun 05 - 06:36 PM
Le Scaramouche 22 Jun 05 - 06:57 PM
kendall 22 Jun 05 - 08:16 PM
jimmyt 22 Jun 05 - 08:34 PM
michaelr 22 Jun 05 - 10:49 PM
Gurney 23 Jun 05 - 03:09 AM
GUEST 23 Jun 05 - 03:17 AM
GUEST,Betsy 23 Jun 05 - 04:12 AM
Leadfingers 23 Jun 05 - 10:50 AM
GUEST,kenny 23 Jun 05 - 12:21 PM
Leadfingers 23 Jun 05 - 12:42 PM
VIN 23 Jun 05 - 06:08 PM
GUEST,Peter from Essex 23 Jun 05 - 06:52 PM
GUEST,Fullerton 23 Jun 05 - 07:58 PM
mooman 24 Jun 05 - 04:40 AM
freda underhill 24 Jun 05 - 05:23 AM
Den 24 Jun 05 - 08:44 AM
Le Scaramouche 24 Jun 05 - 05:27 PM
GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns 24 Jun 05 - 09:45 PM
poetlady 25 Jun 05 - 03:56 AM
Peter K (Fionn) 26 Jun 05 - 06:30 AM
GUEST,maeve 26 Jun 05 - 07:05 AM
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Subject: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 06:10 AM

Inspired by the banjo thread, who is your favorite tin whistler?
My three are Liam og o'Flynn, Johnny Moynihan and Phil Cunningham.
Mary Bergin gets an honourable mention.

Allen


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Kaleea
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 06:16 AM

A kid named Roy, who used to be in Ceili band I used to play in (he was about 20 at that time). He came across the pond from Ireland with his parents at about age 10, already a darn good whistler. He taught me to whistle, along with the button accordian player(he was in his late 20's when he came to the states), who used to tell me, "No tongue, no tongue at all!!"


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,padgett
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 06:20 AM

Vin no question!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST, Jos
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 06:28 AM

Yes, Vin!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: kendall
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 06:43 AM

The late Tom Rowe.

Tommy Makem

Cathell McConnell (Boys of the Loch)


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: muppitz
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 07:38 AM

Garbutt.

Nuff said.

muppitz x


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,An Englishman Abroad
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 07:56 AM

The Old Tin Whistle Pest Himself.

Vin's the Man

all the best John


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 08:51 AM

James McNally , even Van the man called him the maestro!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,Richard
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 08:55 AM

Packie Byrne (and he uses plenty of tongue)


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 09:33 AM

Vin's rendition of "The William Tell Overture" used to have me in fits. One of his albums was called "The Young Tin Whistle Pest".

Mudcat's own Leadfingers is pretty good whistle player too - at least he can't play banjo at the same time !


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Dave the Gnome
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 10:19 AM

Vin the man...

And Phil Brown on the low D ('specialy if he is backed up by a brass band)

Cheers

DtG


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: ard mhacha
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 10:19 AM

Mary Bergin the greatest.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Dave Bryant
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 11:17 AM

Mind you I'm surprised that no-one has mentioned Finbar Furey, he virtually pioneered the low D whistle, and his composition "The Lonesome Boatman" is one of the most performed pieces om it.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,CN
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 11:19 AM

Mary Bergin gets my vote


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Stu
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 12:08 PM

I saw Paddy Moloney with the Chieftans in Manchester last year, and he was incredible.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 12:09 PM

Personal taste, but Furey uses too much vibrato.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,Paul Burke
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 12:19 PM

I can see disagreements developing here over matters of pure taste. Vin Garbutt plays in the spit- tongue style that the old guys in the Exile of Erin (anyone remember that?) used to call "folkloric".

Mary Bergin, Tom McHaile and most other Irish players play with very restrained, subtle tonguing. The punctuation is largely provided by the fingers, using cuts, rolls, crans etc.

My preference is for the latter, but as I say, it's all a matter of taste.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: kendall
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 02:57 PM

I can't comment on those whom I have never heard.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: gnu
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 03:11 PM

Feadog... wait... whistler, not whistle! Chris. No need for a last name because nobody would know him. But, with him on whistle and me on Bodhran, in any kitchen, after midnight and after a few (too many), well, you know the feeling. Good old Chris. I miss him ever so much.

Favourite? Nah. I like 'em all.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Little Robyn
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 03:28 PM

Vin and Packie.
And they're both lovely fellas too!
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Leraud
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 03:35 PM

Cathal McConnall


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,DannyC
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 03:49 PM

Frank Claudy


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: akenaton
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 04:23 PM

Once heard James Galway......"The Golden flute", play tin whistle on tv ....He was amazing ...Ake


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: akenaton
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 04:48 PM

Once heard James Galway......"The Golden flute", play tin whistle on tv ....He was amazing ...Ake


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Zany Mouse
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 04:53 PM

Hmmmm - difficult. I would say, for me, it is a toss up between Vin, Paddy Maloney and our very own Mick Pearce (MCP).

Rhiannon


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Tig
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 05:29 PM

At one time I would have said Vin without a doubt. Now it's BOTH Vin and Phil Brown - I can't really choose.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Bob Bolton
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 06:36 PM

G'day,

As a package of real entertainment, along with fine whistling, I've never heard anyone to match Vin Garbutt. There are probably whistle players to excel him in all specific aspects of playing ... but Allen (La Scaramouche) asked for favorite - and Vin's undoubtedly my favourite!

Regards,

Bob


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 06:57 PM

Yeah, favourite, as who's to say what's best. Still, lot's of good names to look into, one of the reasons for starting the thread.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: kendall
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 08:16 PM

I've never heard Vin play tin whistle, but I have heard Cathel McConnell play TWO tin whistles at once.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: jimmyt
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 08:34 PM

Mary Bergan was my alltime favorite til I Heard Terry Leadfingers Silver! He is my favorite. also a good guy who let me play his whistles in a pub! That is a good mate! jimmyt


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: michaelr
Date: 22 Jun 05 - 10:49 PM

Those are all "old" guys!

On the forefront of the "young" players, few can rival Michael McGoldrick. He's a triple threat: a master of the flute and uillean pipes, too.

John McCusker is no slouch, either.

Cheers,
Michael


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Gurney
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 03:09 AM

Kendall, Garbutt often plays two, too. Too much. I've heard Galway play, and he is VERY impressive, and so is Fin Furey, But Garbutt is my favourite, because he is one of my favourite performers.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 03:17 AM

Hey michaelr - Mcnally isn't an 'old'guy yet!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,Betsy
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 04:12 AM

Garbutt brings a bit of fun with it ,most take themselves too seriously .
I've seen him play two at a time - one up each nostril - I jest you not !!!!


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 10:50 AM

Its nice to get a couple of nominations from tasteful catters ! For me Packie Byrne was definately the man !! Until he had his hand trodden on ! Put a whistle in his mouth (OR two) And all these lovely tunes just seemed to fall out ! Mr Garbutt is a bit good too , but I dont know wether he's got into Ragtime whistle yet ! Mary Bergin has a nice tone and control too ! When I do workshops i meet a lot of really good whistlers , too many to list !


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 12:21 PM

I'm glad the question was "Who's your favourite whistle-player ?" and not "who's the best ?", which is a ridiculous question. Based on playing Irish and Scottish music on whistle for over 30 years, here's my answers.
The best example of whistle playing I ever heard was by Finbar Furey, playing a solo at the Thurso Folk Festival in 1977. He played the slow air "Lament For Oliver Goldsmith", [by accordionist Seamus Shannon ], and followed it with "The High Reel". As near to perfection as it's possible to get.
The best recording of whistle-playing, in my opinion, is still Mary Bergin's first recording, "Feadog Stain". I would say that 3 other Irish recordings come very close, and all 3 I believe would have been influenced greatly by Mary's playing. They are the solo CDs by Brian Hughes, Vinnie Kilduff,and Gavin Whelan. Other notables with individual styles might include Desi Wilkinson, Sean Ryan, Brian Finnegan, Carmel Gunning and Cormac Breathnach, and all 3 of the Smyths – Sean [ of "Lunasa" ], and his sisters Breda and Cora.
Brid O'Donoghue, from Co. Clare is about to release her first CD in the next week or so, and I believe it will be up to the standard of any of the recordings mentioned above. Look out for it.
Sadly, as far as I know at the present time, there has only ever been one recording of Scottish solo whistle playing, and that was by Alex Green a few years ago. One recent recording which has some excellent whistle playing of both Scottish and Irish tunes, is by Julie Fowlis, who is also an extremely fine singer of Gaelic songs.
If you absolutely insist on only one favourite, I'd have to choose Mary Bergin.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Leadfingers
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 12:42 PM

GUEST Kenny has a very good point in the 'Favourite' rather than 'Best' ! I think I would have a good chance as 'Best' if we were talking about Blues and Jazz Whistle , as I dont know anyone else daft enough to do it , but for Irish or Scottish , I know I come a long way down the list .


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: VIN
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 06:08 PM

Yep, Garbutt and Packie are amongst the best. First, and sadly only, time i've seen Packie was in, i think, the late sixties/early seventies as a guest of the Spinners at the Free Trade Hall (or did i dream it). Anyroadup he was fantasic (to quote the Dr) and inspired me to go out and purchase my first generation whistle.

There are many others but i seem to recall Terry Walsh was pretty good aswell, if i'm not mistaken?.

Also there is a young lady, who's name i don't recall, who used to play in a session at the Wishing Well in Heywood and she was really good too on t'whistle.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,Peter from Essex
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 06:52 PM

I'll go with Packie too.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,Fullerton
Date: 23 Jun 05 - 07:58 PM

by 3 lengths of shower hosing............

........ Mr. Byrne.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: mooman
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 04:40 AM

Geraldine Cotter (of the well-known Cotter musical family) from Ennis, Co. Clare (an all-Ireland whistle champion and noted teacher).

And Packie Byrne, an excellent fellow with whom I've had several great evenings in Ardara.

Peace

moo


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: freda underhill
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 05:23 AM

John Dengate, a great song writer, a wonderful singer and raconteur, and a great tin whistle player, from Sydney.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Den
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 08:44 AM

I'm surprised no one mentioned Joanie Madden World Champion whistle player or did I miss something. Anyway I'd vote for her or Laim o'Flynn or Davey Spillane on low whistle or Paddy Maloney.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Le Scaramouche
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 05:27 PM

Me forgetting to add her to my list, that's what.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,Mike O'Leary-Johns
Date: 24 Jun 05 - 09:45 PM

Festy O'Conlan was without equal..........ON THE SLOW AIRS.
                Sadly no longer with us.    Mike.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: poetlady
Date: 25 Jun 05 - 03:56 AM

I say Mary Bergin, too.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: Peter K (Fionn)
Date: 26 Jun 05 - 06:30 AM

Willis Patten, from Cullybackey. Not the best by any reckoning, but an all-Ireland winner, with a style all his own (much more articulation than the norm for Irish traditional). But then he was also a champion fife and Lambeg player - as you'd expect with a name like that! Doesn't play much now. His health isn't the best.

Otherwise I'd have to agree with ard mhacha and say Mary Bergin, asuming she plays as well live as she does in the studio.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,maeve
Date: 26 Jun 05 - 07:05 AM

Several of my favorites were mentioned here already... and I'd add Sarah Bowhan to the list for whistle as well as Irish flute.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,kenny
Date: 27 Jun 05 - 06:40 AM

Willis Patton – now there's a whistle player I'd love to have heard more of. My first ever trip to Ireland was in 1976 to the Fleadh in Buncrana. I went in to listen to the Senior whistle competition, and I think he may have come 3rd. Serious competition that year – I can remember Carmel Gunning, Fr. Charlie Coen from Chicago who was the winner, and I think the late Donncha O'Brien. Sorry to hear he's in poor health, and hope he can make a recovery.


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Subject: RE: Your Favorite Tin Whistler
From: GUEST,DannyC
Date: 27 Jun 05 - 03:59 PM

two more from me then...

John Skelton lives up a hollar here. He's a Kentucky favorite-son whistle-nominee, but he's also a great man for the whistle by any standard. I am glad to mention him.

Anyone off the New England coast on Block island might want to seek out Walter McDonough on a tiny little pub at the end of the harbor docks (it sways back and forth with the tide - no, it's not the drink - sorry, I can't recall its name).   Walter delivers a monumental version of the air - "Women of Ireland".   He also does the two whistle shtick.

Cheers,

Danny


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