Winter Workshop Series

Whistlers Bill Fry and Jackie Buckam at The Dalriada in Edinburgh (c) Gordon Turnbull

FluteFling Saturday afternoon workshops are normally held on the 3rd Saturday of every month at Tribe Porty in Portobello, Edinburgh, providing flute and whistle players with inspiration, ideas and support to further develop their music.

Led by traditional flute and whistle player Gordon Turnbull in a relaxed setting, come along to learn and develop traditional techniques while building up a repertoire from Scotland, Ireland and beyond.

Dates and technical focus January-March

Regular FluteFling workshops are normally held on the third Saturday of every month. Please note that the February one will take place on the 4th Saturday. Numbers are limited to 12. If you’re not sure if the workshop is for you, please take a look at the more detailed information below.

  • Saturday  20th January: featuring strathspeys and west highland reels
  • Saturday 24th February: guest tutor Sharon Creasey (Boehm system flute, but all flutes and whistles included) (Note: 4th Saturday of the month)
  • Saturday 17th March: focus on Irish repertoire (3rd Saturday of the month)

Tickets: (including tea, coffee and resources). Links take you to booking.

  • Venue: Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello EH15 2AJ
  • Time: 1pm – 4pm
FluteFling flutes (c) Ros Gasson

FluteFling flutes (c) Ros Gasson


FluteFling workshops aim to support your music and playing technique and promote confidence in playing traditional music on flutes and whistles. To get an idea of what we might cover, check out the blog archive and the Resources section.

The workshops are suitable for adults already playing tin whistles and low whistles in D or wooden simple system (Irish) and modern classical (Boehm) flutes. Unfortunately these workshops aren’t intended for absolute beginners, but musicians building up experience or returning to the instrument after a break are most welcome. If in doubt, please contact Gordon.

Under 18s

Please note that this workshop is intended for adults. However, those under 18 may be considered by arrangement. Please contact Gordon if considering this.


Gordon Turnbull

Gordon (c) Ros Gasson

The main focus for the workshops will be on developing technique while exploring traditional tunes, which can change as points of interest arise. These usually include:

  • Building up a repertoire from a flute and whistle perspective.
  • Aspects of ornamentation, breathing and other technical challenges are covered.
  • Teaching is by ear, but sheet music and recordings are provided. Support for different experience levels will be accommodated within the workshop.
  • There will be a short break for tea and coffee during the workshop, which is included in the price.
  • Often there will be chance afterwards to go for coffee or join a local session.

Gordon has been running traditional flute and whistle classes and workshops in Edinburgh for over 20 years, drawing on his extensive experience as a teacher and as a musician performing at ceilidhs, festivals and sessions in Scotland, Ireland and across Europe.