Tunes covered to date (see below for recordings of these)
The beginnings of a sheet music resource for the group: Friday Whistle Tunes PDF.
- Stomach Steinway Man (Iain Lowthian, reel)
- Drowsy Maggie (Irish reel)
- The Wind that Shakes the Barley (Irish reel)
- Music for a Found Harmonium (reel)
- The Maid Behind the Bar (Irish reel)
- The Sally Gardens (Irish reel)
- The Flogging Reel (uses F natural)
- Sleep Soond I’da Mornin’ (Shetland reel uses G#)
- The Johnstown Reel (Rebecca Knorr, slow reel)
- The Trip to Pakistan (Niall Kenny, reel)
- Oot be East da Vong (Shetland reel)
- S’iomadh Rud A Chunnaic Mi (reel)
- The Ivyleaf (Irish reel; link is to an old recording of mine on Bandcamp)/ The (In)Appropriate Dipstick (reel by Phil Cunningham and Iain MacDonald) This was inspired by the solo whistle player of a young Irish band called Tumbleweed. It’s a bit too fast in the video, but the pace is set by the guitar player.
Strathspeys, Schottisches, Barndances etc
- Calum’s Road (strathspey)
- Crossing the Minch (hornpipe, rolls)
- Canadian Barndances (various)
Jigs and 6/8 Marches
- The Heights of Cassino (extended version)
- Sixpenny Money (Irish jig)
- Jackson’s Bottle of Brandy (Irish jig)
- Tripping Upstairs (Irish jig)
- Jig Runrig (jig)
- The Seagull (pipe jig)
- The Dusty Windowsill (Irish jig) link is to my Bandcamp page; free to download.
- Rory McLeod (pipe jig)
Waltzes, Song airs and others
- The Star of the County Down (song air)
- Glencoe (waltz)
- Circle of the Ocean (waltz)
- Johnny Faa (song air)
- The Little Heathery Hill (Slowed Set Dance with F natural)
- The Skye Boat Song (including cuts, strikes and rolls)
- Loch Lomond (by ear)
A reminder of some of the techniques we have looked at.
- Rhythm for reels
- Breath pulse
- Tonguing v slurring
- Moving away from the page
- Improvising and variation within tunes
- Options when the melody drops below the range of the whistle
- High c natural
- Waltz decoration
- Traditional phrasing emphasis
- Using chords and arpeggios to help pick up tunes by ear.
- Learning by ear.
Photo: Frday whistles (c) Gordon Turnbull