Traditional English music

Melodeon and tin whistle

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Andrew Wigglesworth

Melodeon and whistle player

Greenman Rising

A bit of info.

This is my music website.

I play traditional music (mostly English, but also Irish, Scottish etc) on melodeons and tin whistles.

I play for folk dances (ceilidhs, country dances, barn dances) and in the band Greenman Rising.

I have been playing the melodeon for nearly 30 years, and the tin whistle from about the age of seven. I’ve played and danced with several local morris and rapper teams, sat in hundreds of music sessions, on scores of festival stages and played for more ceilidhs than I could possibly count.

I am based in Coventry, in the English Midlands.

Recent Posts

Tin whistle clogging; techniques and anti-condensing solution

Water can condense inside the windway in the head of a tin whistle and start to block the correct flow of air.

Videos on Tiktok

Well, I’ve started to put short videos on Tiktok. I’ve had to use my old phone so far, but at least it’s a simple process. However, I’m looking at other cameras so that I can make the sound and video a bit better. Why do this? Partly it’s a self-serving thing, a showcase for getting some more bookings, especially for dances. It’s also, of course, a way to show off a bit of (mostly) English folk/traditional music.

Buying your first tin whistle

TLDR:

  • Buy a Generation D whistle.
  • Stop worrying and start to learn to play it.
  • Buy a Generation C and B flat whistle for even more fun.
  • Now you can play and have formed an opinion.

A tin whistle is a simple instrument, they can be made pretty cheaply and work well.

How to place a tin whistle in the mouth and blow it

The tin whistle is a simple instrument and you’d think that how to place it in the mouth and blow it would be simple and obvious. That’s until I read some rather strange advice from anonymous people on the web.

Tin whistle reviews

In my view, videos made of people playing whistles are basically worthless for judging the qualities of a tin whistle. What do they signify? They are more an indication of the microphone being used, the acoustics of the place where the recording was made, the skill of the player and the loudness and treatment of the recording. Not treating the recording (eg. compression, equalisation) is a treatment in itself. You are only hearing what a microphone recorded through whatever loudspeakers/headphones/earphones you are using.