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Mary Bergin and The Tin Whistle

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Niamh Rothwell

on 13 May 2014

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Mary Bergin and The Tin Whistle
Mary Bergin
Mary Bergin ,born 13 September 1949 (age 64) is an Irish folk musician who is widely acknowledged as one of the great masters of the tin whistle. She plays in both the Irish Traditional and Baroque styles.
Mary Bergin was born in Shankill, County Dublin, Ireland. She grew up in a very musical family. Mary started learning to play the tin whistle at the age of nine.
Bergin won the All Ireland tin whistle championship in 1970.
Bergin moved to Spiddal, County Galway, in the early 1970s and played with many of the up-and-coming stars of the Irish music scene, notably De Danann and Ceoltóri Laighin.
Playing Technique
The notes are selected by opening or closing holes with the fingers.
Traditional Irish whistle playing uses a number of ornaments to embellish the music, including cuts, slides, vibrato, strikes and rolls.
Most playing is legato with ornaments to create breaks between notes.
The Tin Whistle
In addition to releasing two solo albums, which aided the popularisation of modern traditional Irish tin whistle playing, and three albums with Dordán, Bergin has taught hundreds of students, in Ireland, across Europe, and in the United States, to play the whistle.
Classification: Woodwind
The tin whistle is closely associated with Celtic music.
A tin whistle player is called a tin whistler or simply a whistler.
She is currently a member of the group Dordán, who perform Irish traditional music and Baroque music with pieces by George Frideric Handel, Henry Purcell and a tune from Johann Sebastian Bach.
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