I recently received word from my old friend Bill Ochs (master whistle player, uilleann piper, and Irish music researcher) that his most recent project is out!!
This long-awaited double-CD consists of unreleased and out-of-print recordings of the late, great, tin whistle virtuoso, Micho Russel, and an accompanying pamphlet giving the historic context.
This new CD collection is titled "Rarities & Old Favorites 1949–1993: Tin Whistle, Flute & Songs from North Clare and Beyond.” It is accompanied by a booklet giving the historic context.
I will be ordering a copy. Though I have Micho’s earlier recording, this will certainly be an archival treasure, with Bill’s excellent research accompanying it.
Bill is singularly well-qualified for this project, as he has devoted over thirty-five years to studying, researching, playing and teaching the whistle and pipes. Among other great mentors, he has studied under master pipers including the late Andy Conroy, Pat Mitchell and my own mentor, the late Tom Standeven in Ireland and the U.S.
Bill has rightly been called a "central figure in the renaissance of the tin whistle” (NPR's "All Things Considered”) and "the leading tin whistle teacher in North America” ("Irish Voice”).
He is also a prolific researcher and writer, being the author of (among other things) the definitive “Clarke Tin Whistle Handbook” (called "The best whistle tutorial on the planet.” by Dale Wisely of the premiere whistle and pipe site, "Chiff and Fipple”), now in its twenty-first printing with over 250,000 copies in print.
Bill and his work on the Clarke whistle are also formally recognized by the Clarke Tin Whistle company, makers of the original tin whistle.
He is also the producer of the earlier Micho Russell recording, "Ireland's Whistling Ambassador” (which I have enjoyed for years) and was co-producer of the great Cathal McConnell’s "Long Expectant Comes At Last” (both recordings were nominated for "Best Celtic Album of the Year" in the NAIRD Indie Awards).