Irish Tin Whistles, Penny Whistles & Low D Whistles

Welcome to the ultimate whistle shop! With worldwide delivery Big Whistle is here to supply all your whistling needs, from beginner penny whistles to innovative professional whistles.



Pre-Owned Whistles

Pre-Owned Whistles

Dig through our unique selection of rare whistles and special buys



Browse Whistles By Material and Key



Professional Tin Whistle Brands



Shush Whistles

Discover the quietest whistle – perfect for practice and recording



Beginner Tin Whistle Brands



Wooden Irish Whistles

Browse wood whistles from a range of talented makers.



Whistle Accessories and More



About Big Whistle

The tin whistle (also known as the Irish whistle or penny whistle) is the quintessential folk music instrument. Although whistles date back to ancient times, the modern tin whistle dates back to mid-19th century, when we saw the birth of the Clarke Tin Whistle. A simple instrument to pick up, a number of makers produce low-cost ‘penny’ whistles to an excellent standard. 

Recent decades have seen new makers spring up to develop the sound and playability of the tin whistle, as well as the innovation of the low whistle in the 1970s. The low whistle is a larger whistle, which uses the same fingering as earlier tin whistles (the “piper’s grip”). An octave lower, it offers a deeper, flute-like sound that has appealed to both folk and jazz musicians around the world.

Big Whistle Music has been supplying whistlers around the globe since 2000. We stock a wide range of fantastic makers and whistle accessories, shipping to countries around the world. We look forward to supplying you on your whistling journey!



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