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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 8:04 am 
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Pipers often play low whistle (Paddy Keenan, Davy Spillane, John McSherry, Brendan Ring etc) , but I wonder why some famous wooden flute players like Mike McGoldrick, Brian Finnegan, Seamus Egan, Alan Doherty etc. or some C&F members here play Low Whistle as well?


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Because they can. :thumbsup:

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If Darwin hadn’t intended us to play low whistle, he wouldn’t have invented Bernard Overton.

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PostPosted: Sun Mar 25, 2018 11:14 am 
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To attempt a serious answer; there’s a difference in tone, it gives a variety to the ergonomics of playing, and low whistles are just too wonderful not to play even though it could be argued that their niche in the soundscape is already occupied by flute. Cormac Breatnach switched completely to low whistle from flute and there must be others.

I very rarely play concert flute but extremely regularly give my low whistle a run out; apart from the fact that I love my Goldie/Overton Low D, it’s also personally because I play other instruments and play a lot of fife, and (let’s face it) just don’t put enough time into maintaining my flute embouchure when I’ve got the low whistle ready and raring to go. I’ll occasionally work on my flute embouchure and then the fife lip goes to pot, and of the two it’s the fife embouchure I need most and therefore save first.

Hope that gives some sort of answer ;)

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I don't - never felt the need if I have the flute.

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I switch to low-D for a couple of reasons: first, as mentioned above, the tone is distinctly different. Second, my group (Gallowglass in Wheeling, WV - we actually trademarked the name!) seems to play quite a few 2+ hour gigs and my chops can get a little knackered after a while and the whistle takes a lot less physical effort than the flute. The second, to be honest, is my main reason - it gives me a little break without having to sit there and do nothing...

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kenny wrote:
I don't - never felt the need if I have the flute.


Ditto. All the years I was a fluteplayer I had no interest in Low D whistles.

I had flutes in Eb, D, and C.

I only played whistles when our band did songs requiring keys/ranges I couldn't cover with my flutes. So I had a Low E whistle, and mezzo whistles in G and A.

This lack of interest in Low D whistles changed when I stopped playing flute altogether, and took up the Low D Whistle more or less as a flute subsitute.

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