Sean Cunningham - Irish flute and tin whistle

Sean Cunningham

irish flute & tin whistle

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I picked up a GoPro before my Christmas tour in order to get some footage of the shows - which worked great - but I'm also bringing it to sessions around town and have started posting a few session videos…

Jan 16, 2018

Cheers all,

I just got back from a four week tour with Christmas with the Celts and it was an absolute blast. We spent two weeks in the northeast, did a few shows in the south, then another week in…

Dec 26, 2017

Well I finally did it - I made a video teaching perhaps my least favorite tune in the world, Star of the County Down. However, after playing this tune with a friend of mine who plays it as a waltz I've…

Nov 3, 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 Whistletutor.com 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
March 3, 2018
Heritage Center for the Performing Arts, Dubuque, IA
March 10, 2018
Viva NashVegas Radio Show, Nashville, TN
March 24, 2018
Flying Monkey Performance Center, Plymouth, NH
March 27, 2018
McNamara's, Nashville, TN
April 6, 2018
McCreary's, Franklin, TN