Clarke's Tin Whistle

Clarke's Tin Whistle (aka Clarke's Penny Whistle)

A Malachite Production for Anglia Television

James Galway introduces the dramatised rags-to-riches story of Suffolk-born musician and farm labourer Robert Clarke, who in 1843 walked to Manchester, built a successful tin whistle factory, and eventually returned in triumph to his village, buying the house of the Squire who sacked him.

Featuring three renowned international tin whistle players:

Bill Ochs (USA), Robert Sithole (South Africa), Mary Bergin (Ireland).

This film was made in 1993, to celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the invention of the tin whistle. 

Sadly, Robert Sithole died in 2006.