Mary Bergin

Genres: World
Decades: 1970s 1990s


Skankhill, County Dublin, Eire. In the folk community instruments as much as musical traditions are prone to drop in and out of style. The rise of the Irish tin whistle as a legitimate solo instrument parallels the growing popularity of players such as Mary Bergin, who has updated and expanded the precedents set by legendary whistlers Paddy Moloney and Sean Potts of the Chieftains and Roscommon’s Tom McHale, who recorded the first solo tin whistle album. Bergin, in the time-honoured tradition of Irish music, learnt in informal family sessions, her style heavily influenced by County Clare artist Willie Clancy (the family took their holidays there regularly). Sneaking out of school to join Dublin bar sessions, she initially played the flute, but abandoned that instrument when it was crushed by a rogue dancer. Instead she concentrated on the cheaper tin whistle, and through the auspices of the Gael Linn Records label was invited to place her repertoire on album....

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