A Bit Of Pipe With Six Holes

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James Galway plays one of the most expensive of instruments, a golden flute, and one of the cheapest, a bit of tin pipe with six holes. He tells the story of the penny whistle, beginning as a bone pipe in the Stone Age. 40,000 years later came the development of sheet metal and the whistle industry boomed. Despite its association with the rural idyll, our penny whistle is a product of the urban industrial revolution. It went all over the globe, adapting to and influencing musical forms.

2003030720031204

James Galway plays one of the most expensive of instruments, a golden flute, and one of the cheapest, a bit of tin pipe with six holes. He tells the story of the penny whistle, beginning as a bone pipe in the Stone Age. 40,000 years later came the development of sheet metal and the whistle industry boomed. Despite its association with the rural idyll, our penny whistle is a product of the urban industrial revolution. It went all over the globe, adapting to and influencing musical forms.