The Clarke Sweetone Penny Whistle (or Tin Whistle) is one of the world’s most famous musical instruments. It’s a direct descendant of the world famous instrument which the Clarke Tinwhistle Company debuted at London’s Great Exhibition of 1851.
This instrument has ever since been at the core of 19th century traditional Irish and Scottish folk music. Years later it features in South African Kwela music (as highlighted on Paul Simon’s Graceland album), and in the introduction to the theme to the movie “Titanic”
The Penny Whistle took its name from the Victorian nickname for a halfpenny. Its creator Robert Clarke adapted a wooden instrument to mass production in a new material called Tinplate. When the price rose with inflation, all such instruments came to be called “Penny Whistles”.
Our Sweetone Tin Whistle has a tinplate body, a plastic fipple (mouthpiece) and comes with a fingering chart. It’s the first conical bore Tin Whistle with a plastic mouthpiece. This one’s in the Key of D major – the most used tin whistle key.
– Made in the U.K.
Crucial Fact : Robert Clarke’s most popular demonstrator tune was “Danny Boy”. Not Greensleeves.