Irish Whistle Makers Brian Howard and David O'Hagan

Whilst Bernard Overton is credited with making the first modern Irish Low Whistle, Brian Howard was a close second.

David's Story

 Of Irish descent, David is a dyed-in-the-wool Sheffielder. ‘Steiner’ educated, he has worked in music engineering all his life: first in recording studios (AXIS and SteelWorks) as an engineer / assistant engineer (Simply Red, Spice Girls, Robbie Williams, Richard Hawley, Milburn, Steve Edwards) going on to work freelance as an engineer and studio designer (Hybrid3).

David's Story

  Passionate about acoustics and sound production David branched out into instument making, working for a year at the Anthro-Tech Research Institute in Switzerland (2007) then served apprenticeships with Georg Ehrenwinkler in Brazil (tuned percussion and gongs) and Brian Howard (low whistles and bodhrán) back home in Sheffield.

Brian Howard & David O'Hagan

  Brian moved to Sheffield in the early 1970’s where he became a friend of the O’Hagan family, their ties strengthened by a shared appreciation of the rich Celtic folk music heritage. As David’s interest in engineering and instrument making grew it was natural that he would undertake an apprenticeship with Brian and subsequently take over the business.

Brian Howard & David O'Hagan

   Brian is delighted that he has been able to pass on the fruits of his many years of labouring and research to someone who shares his passion for quality and precision in instrument making. He continues to be supportive of the business, making reeds for the Uilleann Pipes from the sunny climes of Gibraltar.

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