Sean Cunningham - Irish flute and tin whistle

Sean Cunningham

irish flute & tin whistle

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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

I was teaching a Skype lesson recently and this tune came up and I'm glad it did as it's one that I'd forgotten about. It was popular for a while but it seems to have dropped out of rotation most places I…

Oct 16, 2017

I uploaded another Scottish tune to my YouTube channel, a great Robert Burns song called Scots Wha Hae. It can be played as a pipe air/march or, as we do with The Nashville Celts as a full song as the…

Oct 2, 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
November 24, 2017
Ludlow Garage, Cincinnati, OH
November 28, 2017
McNamara's, Nashville, TN
December 1, 2017
Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
December 2, 2017
Newton Theater, Newton, NJ
December 3, 2017
Infinity Hall, Hartford, CT
December 4, 2017
City Winery, Boston, MA
December 7, 2017
The Black Rose, Boston, MA
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