Original Clarke Whistle

Original Clarke Tinwhistle

Key of D or C
Black or Silver


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!

Clarke has 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 silver-colored whistle).



   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.


Paint styles are subject to change without notice 

(Don't forget to order a Whistle Pouch for your whistle!)

Original Clarke
Black or Silver

Key of D or C

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