Celine Dion sings the Titanic theme live, with a pennywhistle solo by Andrea Corr.

Kwela: pennywhistle jive from South Africa.

The amazing and amusing Tin Trio — aka Scott Bazzle.

Ryan Duns, SJ, plays a traditional Irish reel

aptly titled “The Musical Priest.”

Two jigs from Mary Bergin, queen of the Irish whistle.

The Basement Boys play an ensemble piece, “Kwela Bafana,” in this 1957 S. African recording. Kwela is often played in groups that feature multiple pennywhistles.

The jazzy pennywhistle stylings of John Ragusa,

with Rich Goodheart on kalimba.

Kwela footage from Malawi, 1967, featuring 12-year-old Donald Kachamba on the pennywhistle at 06:08.

Sir James Galway, pennywhistling in Germany.

The Louis Armstrong classic “What A Wonderful World,” played on the pennywhistle by “armoredcorelok”

from Hong Kong.

Polish flutist Ewelina Grygier plays “Aishlin Jig,” composed by Welsh flutist Diarmuid Johnson.

Videos of Pennywhistlers


Here are some pennywhistle videos in different styles and genres for your enjoyment and inspiration. Ryan Duns SJ, Scott Bazzle, Mary Bergin, The Basement Boys, Andrea Corr, John Ragusa, “PingaloBill,” Sir James Galway, “armoredcorelok,” Ewelina Grygier, and a 12-year-old Donald Kachamba demonstrate the range and versatility of this delightful little instrument. Enjoy!

The popular “Lord of the Rings” theme

played by “Pingalo Bill.”

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