A new danger to playing the tin-whistle. Warning. Involves spiders. And this very whistle.
A few years ago I wrote the following letter to the editor of Chiff and Fipple, a site devoted to tin/penny whistle aficionados.
I thought you might be interested in a new danger I discovered while whistling in traffic the other day. (Whistling in traffic is an old danger). I keep a Clarke whistle in the car’s sun visor, and have a habit of pulling it out a red lights or traffic jams–I usually manage to put it back before starting up again. (The Clarke whistle is really good for this, because it’s tapered, it’s much easier to slide into the visor’s pocket very quickly when the light changes.) So last week I’m sitting in traffic, and there’s a tune on the CD player I really want to try playing along with, so I pull down the whistle and start to play. All that comes out are squeaks.