Definition and background:
A folk wind instrument similar to the recorder, but usually made of tin. It generally has six finger holes, and is prominent in British and Irish folk music. This is often refered to as a tin whistle. This is a type of duct flute. a wind instrument with six holes. originally made from tin, and now mostly from steel
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