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Retired college prof (computer science) living in the Chicago suburb of Joliet and whistling with The Dirty Wellies. (You can follow us on Facebook and at www.thedirtywellies.com.) Playing with accomplished musicians has taught me a lot. How I wish I had started this whistling journey earlier. I’ve also been fortunate to make the (digital) acquaintance of Linda Rae from Canada. A practitioner of the whistle, the bodhran (and probably, others I don’t know about), she has pointed me to some excellent tunes as well as to this site.

Linda also convinced me to attend the Goderich Celtic Roots Festival and College in Ontario. What a great event! If you haven’t ever spent the week at Goderich, you should put it on your bucket list and get there next August. You won’t be sorry, believe me! I truly regret not attending sooner and won’t miss it again! In 2014, I became familiar with the musical styles of the Quebecois and Bretons. I love the melodic nature and unrelenting pace of the Breton style. The Quebecois, on the other hand, exhibits a joy reflective of its mixed roots - joyous, exuberant, tonally magnificent. I love the trad music, but each of these other styles reaches deep into the soul. But far surpassing that was all the new friends, both Canadian and American, both students and performers (who are also, by the way, the College instructors).

My whistle collection keeps growing! An O’Brien Rover in cocote wood is my current everyday whistle and will be one of my traveling compaions along with a Parks Walkabout. The Rover may well supplant my Burke Aluminum Session as my performance piece, too. Other high D’s include a Freeman Mellow Dog, Clarke original, Chieftain, Killarney. A Generation C, a Clarke C, and a Whistlesmith low G round out the whistle collection. I’m currently learning the Irish flute with a Tipple D-17.