Hi there! I am flattered that you're interested in
knowing more about me. Up there is a picture of me in Ireland on my honeymoon.
Who am I? Just a guy that loves the tinwhistle. I'm no Mary Bergin, Kevin
Crawford, Joanie Madden, or L.E. McCullough...though I hope to be that good
some day! I've been playing since 1995, and have been fortunate to play
alongside some top-notch irish musicians, like
E.J. Jones, Larry
Boylan , among others. I was blessed in
my early whistling that such great musicians lived and played in Houston where I
lived, and were active participants in the Irish sessions there.
I played in an Irish band called Echoes of Ireland in houston, and in January
2003, we had the privilege of playing for Charles Sheehan, Consul General of
Northern Ireland, in his first visit to Houston in 14 years, for a Special
Olympics benefit. They unfortuantely broke up shortly after I moved to the
Dallas-Fort Worth area for work. For several years, I played with the band
Paddy Gone Wild in Dallas, though I left the group a short time ago and am
currently between bands.
Speaking of work, I'm a computer programmer, with three patents to my name. It's
a good living--though things were tight after the whole 9/11-Enron-Internet
Bubble Bursting trifecta! It usually pays me enough to keep buying new
whistles, and trying them out. I started writing informal reviews on and
offshortly after joining the Chiff and Fipple
message boards, but realized in 2004 that many of my old reviews were
gone due to C&F switching servers and losing their old messages. So, I
started making an effort to collect my reviews and put them up on my own
webspace, making a more formal affair of it. It's hard to believe I've reviewed
something around fifty whistles since then!
In addition to whistling, I'm into martial arts--I've taken a variety of styles
from Wah Lum to Bujinkan Ninjitsu, starting at a very early age. I also am
interested in gourmet cooking...at any given evening in my house, I may be
making something like lamb chops with rosemary-garlic sauce, mahi mahi wrapped
in prosciutto and topped with crab, or boeuf wellington.
About the Archives
After I ran through my first couple of songbooks, I had a hard time finding free (important
requirement!) information and music for the whistle on the Net. I felt
rather cheated that the only places I could find traditional celtic music was
on commercial pay-per-song music sites. Now, I don't begrudge anyone making a
living, however I feel very much a part of the traditional bardic tradition,
and feel that music should be shared out of joy and the love of playing.
Therefore, this site was born to serve those who had a similar love of celtic
music. Eventually, my site was receiving thousands of hits per week, and I was
spending hours every day answering questions about whistles and music.
Unfortunately, I didn't make much money from the site (though I did become an
Amazon associate), and it was costing me a fortune to keep the bandwidth and
drive space needed. During a job transition, I had to make some hard choices
about where I was spending my monthly income, and so the whistle site came down
off of the paid webhosting I was keeping it on. I archived it on Xoom, but that
service was pretty terrible, and those were dark days for the Archive.
When I put up my original site in 1996, there was only one other whistle website
that I could find (The Whistle Web, I believe the name was). Now, there are
literally dozens! Every now and then, something happens in the media which gets
people excited about Irish music, from Riverdance to the Titanic, to Lord
of the Rings to Picard's playing of a whistle in the "Inner Light"
episode. Irish music seems as popular as ever. So, as soon as I could, I
brought the site back from free webhosting Perdition to where it is now, and
hopefully, it'll live on for a long time to come.
Take care, and happy whistling!