Sean Cunningham - Irish flute and tin whistle

Sean Cunningham

irish flute & tin whistle

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This is one of my favorite tunes to play so I figured I was long overdue to make a video for it. It's a lovely 2-part D jig that has a few different settings, specifically in the B part where some folks…

Aug 7, 2017

I uploaded a new tin whistle lesson video to my YouTube channel, covering the tune Leslie's March (aka The March from Oscar to Malvina). This was one of the first tunes that I learned by ear, picking it up…

Jul 27, 2017

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

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
August 22, 2017
McNamara's, Nashville, TN
September 1, 2017
McCreary's, Franklin, TN
September 9, 2017
Middle Tennessee Highland Games, Nashville, TN
September 26, 2017
SouthArts Music Conference, Atlanta, GA
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