Original Clarke Tinwhistle
Available in the keys of D or C
The "Original" Clarke is back!
For several years, Clarke had been using a redesigned logo on their
whistles. They have now changed back to the very popular original design (see
image to the left).
Click here to see what the "new-style" label looked like
The Silver-painted Original Clarke!
discontinued their "Natural" Original Whistle and has come out with a
Silver-painted version. This version currently does not have the Clarke logo
painted on it, or the diamonds between the finger holes (it is simply a
The Original Clarke Tinwhistle is available in the keys of C
and D (D is the most popular key for traditional Irish music). This whistle is made of
tin-plate, and has a wooden fipple (mouthpiece), giving it a warm, flute-like tone. Also
included is a song sheet with fingering chart.
Clarke has been making their Penny Whistles, basically
unchanged, since 1843. Look below for the Robert Clarke story.
If you are unsure which key to order, please see our Beginner's Section for more info.
Note that we also offer a
"tweaked" version of the Original Clarke whistle in the key of D. See our "Tweeked" Original Clarke Page for more
details about what we do to tweak this whistle - and to order one!
The Robert Clarke Story:
- In 1843, Robert Clarke a poor farm laborer left his employer after having
been unjustly accused of dishonesty. He was a talented amateur musician and played a
wooden whistle. He developed the idea of copying his whistle but used tinplate to do so.
He made the block in the mouthpiece out of wood which he cut into shape using a homemade
saw. This saw started life as one of his wife's corset stays! Then he decided to mass
produce his new style of whistle. He loaded the necessary materials and his simple tools
onto a handbarrow and, together with his son, walked all the way from Suffolk to
Manchester. On the way he would set up his workshop barrow in market places, showing how
the whistles were made and selling them. He would also play for the entertainment of the
crowds that gathered round. His most popular piece was "Danny Boy". It is said
that the whole busy market would stop and listen when he played this piece.
styles are subject to change
(Don't forget to order a Whistle
Pouch for your whistle!)
Original Clarke, Black or Silver
Key of D or C
Simply select your whistle from
the proper Dropdown Box below, adjust the quantity if desired, then click the "Add
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