For some years I have donated a part of my music income to support poor kids in the Philippines. Now I have decided to place a "donate" button on this website and donations will be used to support an elementary school and a high school in Iraya/Camarines Sur/Philippines. The money will be used for all kinds of school facilities. Example: as you can see not all students have a seat! For US $ 15,- you give a special chair.
So, if you appreciate this website and its free downloadable stuff please make a donation of US $ 10,- using the Paypal Donate button or this RABO IBAN number
A complete downloadable edition of my successful Whistle Basics method at www.tradebit.com
â‚¬ 19,- = US $ 22,- !!
* 3 Files : 1) 30 PDFs = the 116 page full color WB Book 2) 70 Videos 3) 99 MP3s
* Fast : Don't wait for the postman : click the tradebit-logo and start downloading these files !
News March 2010
Here is a few impressions from my two whistle workshops at Drachten: www.meldij.nl The 50 participants experienced the joys and the difficulties of learning to play this underestimated instrument... As you can see I use videos from my Whistle Basics method to play along with and immitate my playing. If you like to follow or organize a whistle- or flute workshop yourself, please contact me.
March 20 I will do two workshops in Drachten (NL): beginners & advanced.
Click the photo if you want to know more and participate.
Sorry, we've reached the limit : 45 participants! (14-03-2010)
Don't worry, there will be more workshops.
If you want to organize one, please contact me.
News Februari 2010
Another fantastic Whistle Basics review!
This one is published in a Dutch Magazine : New Folk Sounds.
Written in Dutch by Ron Janssen .... just click the photo.
Scroll down for English reviews.
News January 2010
News December 2009
My Whistle Basics tinwhistle method has been reviewed in two magazines.
Irish Music Magazine : "This is leading Edge" (Sï¿½an Laffey) : REVIEW Folk World Magazine : "This beautifully illustrated tutorial is more than just a start."('Walkin T') : REVIEW
News November 2009
I am promoting my English edition of Whistle basics.
Whistle Basics will be reviewed two times next month.
News October 2009
I have been recording for the CD "The Hill of Women" and for "Monthly Tune". Also busy promoting Whistle Basics: in december there will be reviews in some leading Folk Magazines: Irish Music Magazine / Folk World / New Folksounds Magazine
News September 2009
The English Edition of Whistle Basics is available! See Menu 'Shop' for info, preview and orders.
News August 2009
The Whistle Basics books and CDs are produced and will be available in september. From now on I will work on the flute-part of this website.
News June/July 2009
The English edition of Whistle Basics is ready and will be available in the first week of september 2009.
Also a second and revised Dutch edition can be ordered then.
Read more about this complete audio-visual whistle method at : Shop / CDR & Book Whistle Basics
Whistle Basics : WB book + CD "Audio & Video" The Digital Edition
News May 2009
The pre-master of 'The Hill of Women' sounds great already : Menu/Shop/CD The Hill of Women It will only be better when we finish the mixing and mastering and add some tunes with Dave Munnelly... In the mean time I will work on the English edition of my Whistle Basics method. My brother Rob and his wife, the Irish-American writer Sherry Marie Gallagher, are translating the Dutch WB edition.
News April 2009
I've begun to mix and master some of the recordings of a new CD project: The Hill of Women. This will contain a fine selection of Irish poetry and traditional music.
Dubliner Tom Acton is a gifted writer of plays, poems and songs. On this CD, he'll read a selection of his own poems, those of W.B.Yeats and include an anonimous but famous old Irish poem: The Old Woman of Beara.
These poems are in combination with traditional tunes and some of my own compositions on flute and whistle.
Guest players are : David Munnelly (button accordeon), Philip Masure (guitar), Rob Bitter (keyboard) and Zara Roberts (harp). If interested, read more and listen to some of the demo-MP3's : Shop/CD The Hill of Women
The CD will be available in 2010.
News November 2008
This month I published and released the Dutch edition of Whistle Basics, a complete tutorial for the Irish Whistle.
This audio-visual method consists of a hardcover book (full colour/114 pages) + CDR (70 videos/99 Mp3s).
This method is the very first whistle tutorial in the Dutch language.
I presented it at the Celtic Festival Rilland.
After this presentation there was a session with befriended special guests Helen Flaherty, Dave Munnelly and Philip Masure. (photo)
The English Whistle Basics edition will be ready in September 2009 : please visit Shop/CDR & Book Whistle Basics
Poster Festival Invitation to WB presentation Session after Dutch WB presentation with : Philip Masure David Munnelly Myself Jef vd Broeck
News October 2008
I made a start to work on this website, much later than I had planned because I gave priority to create and publish an English edition of Whistle Basics and release a new edition of The Irish Beat Conductor.