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  • n. Plural form of pennywhistle.


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  • For someone with a bag of musical tricks that includes industrial flute, miniature hand bells, triple extended pennywhistles, music boxes, the Obnoxiophone, bicycle bells, novelty toys, etc. etc., what would be his favorite instrument of all?

    Holly Cara Price: Sxip Shirey's Magic Journey: Sonic New York

  • Scatting his signature "senior" spontaneous bop, he sounds good, a hip guy in a suit with pipes and pennywhistles hanging off his neck making it up as it suits him.

    Regina Weinreich: David Amram at 80

  • I mean, when someone can make wonderful music out of taped together music boxes, harmonicas, a marble in a glass bowl, bicycle bells, pennywhistles, and hand bells, how can that not be magic?

    it's not original, but sometimes it's true

  • Julie — young, slender and very appealing — is a master of Irish whistles oh, the bright little sound of one of those little pennywhistles and also — other end of the audible scale — master of the ear-punishing bagpipes.

    Buzzine » Julie Fowlis

  • The only false touch in the film, for me, was the weak attempt at humor with the pennywhistles on the soundtrack in the bar scene.

    Edmond O'Brien

  • Every child also got one of the finest crackers obtainable, with little prizes inside like pennywhistles, so that they all went home with at least a bag of nuts from the button hunt and a cracker prize in their pockets, along with the memory of a day stuffed full of fun without the shadow of war on it.

    Phoenix And Ashes

  • Elsewhere in the work, the orchestra is asked to vocalize - a modest demand, compared with sections of the Violin Concerto, where some of the players had to stand up and perform on ocarinas and what looked like pennywhistles.

    NYT > Home Page

  • It began with no pulse, and then the ensemble hauled out more instruments: bells and wind chimes, tamboura, clarinet, saxophone, melodica, small harmoniums, pennywhistles, fingers rubbed on wine-glasses, strangely tuned guitars strummed right up near the headstock.

    NYT > Home Page

  • In the last movement, the seventh, here were bells and water glasses again, pennywhistles and recorders and tambourines.

    NYT > Home Page

  • As Fogal explains, "To make a happy melody, unless you want it to be all pennywhistles and moon pies, you have to make it a little evil somehow and darken it up a little bit."

    Westword | Complete Issue


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