Simply Whistle is an album by Manchester tin whistle player Pat Walsh. Pat has been part of the traditional music scene in Manchester for 50 years and is regarded as one of Manchester’s best whistle players. Renowned fiddle player Emma Sweeney says ‘she has a lovely way of bringing music to life, with meticulous thought given to every tune she chooses to play – be it a trad piece or one of her own compositions’.
The music on this album reflects Pat’s musical experience and influences. Her own compositions are an example of her natural gift to create new melodies which never stray from the traditional genre and have been recorded and played by Lunasa’s Kevin Crawford and fiddle player Colin Farrell as well as Mike McGoldrick who also features on this album.
The album has been masterfully produced by Mike McGoldrick who has worked sensitively with Pat in retaining a clean and simple recording. Having played often with Pat in Manchester Mike recognised who would compliment her style and chose the genius John Doyle for most of the accompaniment and Tim Edey also provides his unmistakeable backing on a couple of tracks.