Good Scottish tunes for whistle?

Good Scottish tunes for whistle?

Anyone know of some Scottish tunes that go well on the whistle or flute?
Needing to put a few sets together with a pall so would appreciate some help!
Cheers folk

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Hi David,
Right now this is my favorite set with whistle:
https://youtu.be/hQgG8uzTH7U

Julie Fowlis is Scottish. I believe that the two reels played at the end are both Irish, but the first two, "The Thornton Jig" and "Chloe’s Passion" are both Scottish.

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Alex Green was another Scottish whistler. You might want to check some of his stuff out.

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I have heard Kirsten Allstaff play a rousing version of “Train Journey North” on the whistle.

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One thing I would say is if you want to learn Highland bagpipe tunes , learn them from a piper. And do NOT rely on any transcriptions here.

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Jig runrig/Simon thoumires/famous baravan and calliope house/road to Banff/basil the retriever, enjoy!

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Most Scottish pipe tunes sound great on the whistle as they share similar playing capabilities (try e.g. Dr MacPhail’s Reel recorded by Capercaillie https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=ThseaWpHtVw) Most Scottish fiddle tunes sound great on the flute. An 8-key flute also allows you playing those in flat or minor keys (Fmaj/Dmin, Gmin, F#min).

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Any bagpipe tune can be played on a normal D whistle as the piping scale uses a G natural. Because it uses a lot of the higher register on the whistle these tunes sound nice and bright and carry well in a session. N.B. Because most modern bagpipes use a sharper pitch than as written (usually around Bb), you will need an Eb whistle to play along with a recording.

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Does anyone know the name of the reel played on the whistle by Dougie Pincock on the clip from the Battlefield band recording above?

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Aye - I added the titles when I posted the clip. As far as I recall, it’s called "The Tide’s Out".

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Thanks, Kenny. I should have looked at the URL as well as the clip …