Sean Cunningham - Irish flute and tin whistle

Sean Cunningham

irish flute & tin whistle

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I had the previous incarnation of my website design up and running for about a year or two and I figured it was time for a refresh. As my regular gig is web design (specifically Drupal development) I wanted…

Jul 20, 2017

I recently hit 2,500 subscribers on YouTube! I honestly didn't think there were 2,500 people in the world who would be interested enough in learning the tin whistle/Irish flute to be bothered enough to…

Jul 12, 2017

This is the first hornpipe I ever learned, and I heard it in New York City at a session at a place called Swift's, one of my favorite sessions at the time and one that's still going, though I haven't been…

Jul 7, 2017

Hi, I'm Sean

I’ve been playing Irish traditional music on flute and tin whistle since 1996 and Highland bagpipes since 1997. As a child, I grew up listening to the classic Irish balladeers such as the Clancy Brothers, Dubliners, and the Wolfe Tones - but it was in the pubs of New York where I started to learn about traditional instrumental music.

Eventually, I joined the Irish-rock band SixMileBridge and spent the better part of three years touring the country performing at festivals and concert venues and recording on three studio albums with the band.

I currently live in Nashville, Tennessee and perform with a bunch of great Irish musicians at various venues around town, as well as some occasional touring with the band The Nashville Celts and anyone else who’ll put up with me. Living in this cool place has afforded me the opportunity to play on the Grand Ole Opry and the PBS television shows, Music City Roots and Bluegrass Underground. I also teach lessons in person and over Skype from time to time and I ran the tin whistle tutorial website for about fifteen years.


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Let's play some tunes.

Are you interested in learning to play traditional Irish music on flute or tin whistle? I’ve been teaching lessons online since I first launched my website Whistletutor back in 1999. I’ve also taught in-person lessons for the past ten years and have recently started teaching one-on-one lessons online using Skype.

If you’d like to find out more about taking lessons, please contact me and I’ll be happy to talk to you about how we can set it up! In the meantime, feel free to have a look at my YouTube channel where I have posted many flute and tin whistle lessons from my website.

Also, definitely stop by and say howdy if I'm playing nearby.

Say hi if you're in the area.

a selection of upcoming performances
July 25, 2017
McNamara's, Nashville, TN
August 4, 2017
McCreary's, Franklin, TN
September 9, 2017
Middle Tennessee Highland Games, Nashville, TN
December 1, 2017
Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
December 2, 2017
Newton Theater, Newton, NJ
December 3, 2017
Infinity Hall, Hartford, CT
December 8, 2017
Flying Monkey Performance Center, Plymouth, NH
December 9, 2017
Woodstock Town Hall Theater, Woodstock, VT
December 10, 2017
Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
December 15, 2017
The Grand Opera House, Oshkosh, WI