Mk Story – If a shower curtain rod could make them cry…?

Dear Mk music,

This past week I was invited to Thailand to be a part of multi-cultural band that would provide music at the international meetings of a Christian charity organization.  Although the band was mostly modern instruments, I was invited to provide a more ethnic “color” using various whistles, flutes and other instruments I have learned as a result of working with folk musicians in places ranging from Wales to Kyrgyzstan.

Well, I had been playing a Central Asian Low A Chogoino flute (from Kyrgyzstan) and afterward a guy came up to me with a low D whistle he had made from a shower rod.  He said, “I bet you could play this one too!”  Although I have played high whistles I had never played a low whistle, but the rest of the week I did use his shower-rod low D flute.  On one particular day I was playing it and a lady came up to me and said, “Wow, when you were playing, I started to cry it was so beautiful.”  Honestly, I had been moved myself at the sound of the instrument even though I wasn’t able to use the second octave due to intonation problems.

I gave back the flute at the end of the week but now I am hoping to get a Low D instrument of my own (but perhaps not a shower-curtain model).  As I have been researching on the internet I have found that you all have the reputation of being one of the best in the world, so now I am haunted by the question, “If a shower curtain rod could make people cry, what would an MK flute?”  I would love a chance to write another story for you!

Von Newcomb

ps- An example of the Chogoino flute can be heard on the song “The King Comes on the White Stallion” on

MK Whistle Story

On recieving my original MK whistle, the pipe band was asked to perform at a Tattoo in South Korea, so as with any gig that i’m piping at, the MK Low D came with me. Performing the festival tune on a Low D with a load of Korean Musicians was brilliant. Shame it never ended up in the show.



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