Sean Cunningham - Irish flute and tin whistle

Sean Cunningham

irish flute & tin whistle

Latest News and Updates

Well, once again I'm amazed by the support of the online Irish music community as my YouTube channel has now rolled over 5,000 subscribers. To celebrate, I'm giving away one of the whistles that I used to…

Oct 12, 2018

The folks at Feadog reached out and asked me to review their Black Pro whistle which they kindly shipped to me. You can see my review of the instrument here and if you're interested in picking one up they…

Jul 18, 2018

I just had the opportunity to work with Debra Lyn and Jeff Sliverman at Palette Records on a new project, working in some Irish flute into an Americana/country style song. It's been a while since I did any…

Jun 12, 2018

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 27, 2018
McNamara's, Nashville, TN
November 30, 2018
Red Skelton Performing Arts Center, Vincennes, IN
December 1, 2018
Eichelberger Performing Arts Center, Hanover, PA
December 2, 2018
The Grunin Center, Tom's River, NJ
December 5, 2018
Sellersville Theater, Sellersville, PA
December 6, 2018
Infinity Hall, Hartford, CT
December 7, 2018
The Cabot Theater, Beverly, MA
December 8, 2018
Flying Monkey Performance Center, Plymouth, NH
December 9, 2018
Ridgefield Playhouse, Ridgefield, CT
December 11, 2018
The Black Rose, Boston, MA