GuitarI play a Guild D40 guitar. I have been inspired by the playing and singing of Richie Havens, who shot to world recognition after his stunning opening performance at Woodstock in 1969.

His guitar method, where the thumb makes the major chords combined with polyrhythmic strumming, has opened up for me the many songs I have known for years and now accompany.

The low D whistle

Low D whistleI play a Chieftain low D whistle.

The modern alloy Low D Whistle was initiated by Finbar Furey in the late 1960’s and developed by a friend of his, a former engineer who worked at Jaguar Cars in Coventry, Bernard Overton. It’s a favourite with uilleann pipe players such as Davy Spillane, Ronan Browne, Michael McGoldrick and of course Finbar Furey himself, here playing his lovely composition The Lonesome Boatman

The low whistle is an instrument, which has its origins, it is thought, over one thousand years ago in China, where it was made from bamboo. There are similar instruments in different traditions throughout the world.

I also play Tony Dixon standard or tenor whistles. His workshop is in Bideford, North Devon.