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Goldfinch Whistles

Goldfinch Whistles are professional, hand-perfected tin whistles and low whistles fit for advanced and amateur musicians alike. Made of durable, inexpensive, modern materials, their timbre, playing capabilities, precision of making, fine-tuning, durability and weather immunity challenge those of wood and metal and keep the prices on an affordable level. Be it Irish Traditional Music, folk-metal or jazz – Goldfinches are artists’ whistles of choice for live performances, studio recording and session music. Goldfinch Whistles is also the name of a family workshop in Poland – Waldek and Jakub Szczygieł, a father and son who put all their hearts into developing instruments from their love for music and at your service.


Waldek Szczygieł

Waldek is a man of many professions and talents. Before he became a whistlemaker, he used to be an amateur comedy actor, head editor of the first independent computer magazine in Poland (remember the golden era of Commodore 64?) and a head of a printing and desktop publishing company. Waldek studied electronics, which – along with poetry – have been his great passions since secondary school. He inherited dilligence, manual creativity and musicality, after “Grandpa” Wincenty, an old-school 2-meter tall war-experienced jack of all trades and a merry traditional Polish mandolin player, with a riveting history on his own. In his free time Waldek enjoys a good book, playing the guitar, singing self-written songs and gardening. As Goldfinch-Mod, he follows his interest in electronics and upgrades advanced electronic equipment for audiophiles.

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Jakub Szczygieł

Jakub, son of Waldek, has always been a busy type. In his primary school he found his two passions that determined the rest of his life – love for drawing and traditional music. A fantasy and sci-fi active fandom participant, he currently plays flutes and whistles in a couple bands: Sprinkle Blizzard (bal folk) and Beltaine (celtic fusion), Balsam (bal folk) and Balonique (bal folk) with more side-projects of different genres always on their way. A Master of Arts in English Translation, he is often to be seen playing Irish traditional sessions, Fest-Noz and Balfolk dance music (he is a dancer too). He is fond of travelling, especially mountain hiking, from which he draws inspiration. In the Goldfinch Whistles duet, Jakub acquires the crafting skills from his father’s experience, in return sharing his own stage-born musician’s perspective on whistles and music.


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