The Met proudly presents The Big Whistle Festival, a packed day with informal concerts, groove laden gigs, workshops, chats and sessions – all subtly wrapped around the humble tin whistle.

Join us for this unique gathering of traditional and contemporary musicians, featuring Don’t Feed The Peacocks, Drop the Floor, Aizle, the Andy May Trio, a rare appearance of the Michael McGoldrick Big Band.

Festival ticket offer

Save money with our festival ticket offer, get 25% off if you book for four or more Big Whistle concerts or workshops.

When you book your tickets online, the offer will apply automatically.

Part of Big Whistle Festival

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Andy May – A Life with the Pipes

Relax for an hour, as Phil Brown discovers Andy May's remarkable story.

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Getting Started

With Emma Sweeney. Get started on one of the most simple yet endearing of all instruments – the old tin whistle.

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Don’t Feed The Peacocks

Expect expert, energised and astute music making - combined with a good helping of folk, jazz and reggae influences.

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Advanced Traditional Irish Whistle

A workshop that will address the different features of traditional Irish whistle playing, including repertoire, technique and regional playing styles.

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Aizle

Kindled out of Manchester’s thriving music scene, highly respected instrumental quintet Aizle present an inventive mix of infused new and traditional tunes.

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One Education Whistle Workshop Drop In

An access session specifically for younger people.

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  • Sat 12 May 3:00 PM

Meet Aizle

Join Aizle in the bar for a relaxed chat and a tune.

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Steady Away

With Emma Sweeney. If you can play a simple tune and like to play with others, this workshop is for you.

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The Traditional Tunes of Northumberland and Beyond

With Andy May and Sophy Ball of the Andy May Trio. A great opportunity to share in the remarkable repertoire of Andy and Sophy.

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Traditional Music Guitar Masterclass

Andy May Trio guitarist Ian Stephenson leads an inspiring masterclass focussing on traditional music.

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Drop The Floor

High energy jigs combine with songs from the Irish tradition.

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Andy May Trio

Expect energetic instrumental music, inspired by the rich traditions of their native north-east.

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  • Sat 12 May 8:00 PM

Stanley Bar Sessions

Throughout the Big Whistle Festival the Stanley Room bar will be open with sessions before each ticketed show - come early and grab a corner.

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  • Sat 12 May 8:00 PM

Meet the Maker

Bring your questions and whistle woes to this informal session.

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Michael McGoldrick Big Band

Michael McGoldrick is renowned for his hallmark and effortless fusion of traditional, roots and urbanised musical forms.

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