Beginning Tin Whistle Workshop, with Dean Karres

Dean Karres

Come for a low stress introduction to the tin whistle (penny whistle). This workshop is for the complete novice.  You will be shown correct hand and finger position; a simple scale; and, we will work through one or more very simple melodies.

A whistle will be given to the first twelve participants.  If you bring your own whistle please make sure it is a “D” whistle.  This is often etched into the whistle body or printed on a label.


Dean plays and teaches bodhrán.  He also plays whistle, uilleann pipes, might sing on occasion and is currently in love with ceili drumming.  In 2005 he won first place in the “Midwest Fleadh Cheoil” adult bodhrán competition and then competed in that year’s “All Ireland” event.  He plays in area sessions and bands and recently started playing drums for the ‘Nashville Ceili Band”.

Dean has led bodhrán clinics at the Kansas City Irish Festival and other Midwestern music festivals since the late 1990’s.  He has led beginning whistle clinics at events in the last few years.

Friday, November 1st, 6:00pm-6:45pm
Heartland Gallery