Autumn Workshop dates

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

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

FluteFling Saturday half-day workshops are held every month at Tribe Porty in Portobello, Edinburgh, providing flute and whistle players with inspiration and ideas to further develop their music.

The workshops resume on 23 September with a gentle and slow return to playing that will take the time to look at tone, breath flow and phrasing. The workshop will be suitable for those building up confidence on their instrument as well as those with more experience.

After a break in October, we return on 18 November. This will be hot on the heels of a special Aberdeen flute weekend 03-05 November. So if you feel inspired this will be a chance to follow it up but also if you missed out, you can still get your flute and whistle fix. Details of the Aberdeen event are still being finalised.

There will be a final workshop of the year on 16 December with a chance to take a break from the many demands of the season and focus on your music.

Dates and technical focus

Regular FluteFling workshops are mainly held on the third Saturday of every month.

  • Saturday  23rd Sep: focus on breathing and phrasing (note, this is the 4th Saturday of the month)
  • Saturday 14th Oct: no workshop this month
  • Friday-Sunday 03-05 Nov: FluteFling Aberdeen Weekend with tutors Sharon Creasey, Gordon Turnbull and a guest speaker, sessions and concert.
  • Saturday 18th Nov: focus on slip jigs (3rd Saturday of the month)
  • Saturday 16th Dec: jointly teaching with Kenny Hadden (3rd Saturday of the month)

Monthly Workshop prices: (including tea, coffee and resources). Numbers are limited to 12.

  • Workshop Standard price: £22.50/ Concession: £17.50 A ticket for November gives you a discount for December.
  • Venue: Tribe Porty, 19 Windsor Place, Portobello EH15 2AJ
  • Time: 1pm – 4pm

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FluteFling flutes (c) Ros Gasson

FluteFling flutes (c) Ros Gasson


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. Musicians returning to the instrument are most welcome. If in doubt, please contact Gordon. To get an idea of what we might cover, check out the blog archive and the Resources section.


Unfortunately these workshops aren’t intended for absolute beginners. The September workshop is suitable for those building up confidence and the more experienced alike. If you are interested in joining a much smaller and irregular beginner whistle or flute class please get in touch.

Under 18s

Please note that this workshop is for adults. However, those under 18 may be considered if accompanied by an adult or 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 things arise. Aspects of ornamentation and tuning challenges will also be covered while exploring traditional tunes.

Teaching is by ear, but sheet music and recordings will be provided. 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.

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.