MK Whistles have been crafting professional level aluminium low D whistles for over two decades. Browse our range of MK Whistles including the MK Kelpie and ever-popular MK Pro Low D whistle in a range of colours. Boasting exceptional sound and design qualities, these whistles look fantastic in their sleek satin finish.
About MK Whistles
Founded by Misha Somerville in 2000, MK Whistles was built out of a workshop in Loch Ness, Scotland. These tuneable, aluminium whistles are recognised for their innovative design and sound. Through years of continuous development, MK whistles are now loved and played across the world, and recognised as one of the great tin whistle brands, with the MK Pro Low D Whistle amongst the most popular low D whistles available.
Meet the Maker: Misha Somerville
Founded by Misha Somerville in 2000, MK Whistles was built out of a workshop in Loch Ness, Scotland. These tuneable, aluminium whistles are recognised for their innovative design and sound. Through years of continuous development, MK whistles are now loved and played across the world, and recognised as one of the great tin whistle brands.
The MK whistle was first conceived by Misha as a teenager in the Himalayan mountains. One of a small select group of musicians who were granted an audience with the Dalai Lama, the treacherous route back through the mountains led to an almost fatal accident on the Trans-Himalayan highway. There was no loss of life, but all the travellers possessions were lost to the River Indus. It was on the return from this journey that the seed of an idea was planted.
‘If the story of the tin whistle is about going your own way, the story of the MK whistle is about finding your passions in life and following them – living your life on your terms’
An Interview With Misha Somerville
As time has gone by I have valued working with people more and more. All the mk team inspire me in different ways and I’m constantly learning. For example we have Ewen, who first arrived as a work experience student and is never afraid to roll his sleeves up and get stuck in, quite the opposite of what is constantly trumpeted about ‘millenials’. Many of the jobs in the workshop do actually require hard work – I mean this work involves shaping metal – anyone who has ever tried cutting or filing metal might have a good idea of what it’s like lol. Ewen studied Maths but, like me, is finding a greater sense of fulfillment actually applying learning both in the workshop, in the studio and with his band Lapwyng. Some other valuable team members include Carolyn, who brought with her the thoroughness of a museum archivist where she previously worked, and deals with posting out orders around the world – a job which requires incredible patience and tenacity. Ronnie has a long history in engineering and quality assurance stretching back to the shipyards of Glasgow which he has a story or two about. After many years working on my own it’s a great pleasure to work as part of a team. I also appreciate the great customers we have. It’s a great pleasure to send whistles out to people around the world who are so appreciative and value the hard but rewarding work we do.