A Kist o' Whistles

by The Whistlebinkies

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A live concert recording of a work by composer and Whistlebinkies' flautist Eddie McGuire made at the church of St Andrew's and St George's West, Edinburgh, in winter 2006.
The piece features the Wells Kennedy organ (1984) with traditional instruments.
' A kist o' whistles' was a derogatory term for a church organ in eighteenth-century Scotland, a time when the established church did not tolerate musical instruments in its places of worship.


released January 19, 2020
Michael Bonaventure: organ
Stuart Eydmann : English Concertina
Rab Wallace : Scottish Lowland bagpipes, Scottish smallpipes
Judith Peacock : clarsach (Celtic harp)
Eddie McGuire : flute
Mark Hayward : fiddle
Annalise Dagg : viola
Peter Anderson : Scottish side drum, bodhran, other percussion

Commissioned and performed to celebrate the birthday of Mairin Eydmann.

Support from The Scottish Arts Council towards the commissioning of the work is gratefully acknowledged.


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The Whistlebinkies Glasgow, UK

Formed in the late 1960s in Glasgow, Scotland, the band made a substantial contribution to the development of Scottish traditional music during the subsequent decades. They led the revival of the bellows-blown bagpipes and were the first ensemble to combine the Celtic harp, fiddle and pipes in regular performance. ... more

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