World Flute Society

 

"Transcontinental Railroad"

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Flutist: William Arnold

CD: Expedition

Notes: This recording features bawu, tin whistle, low whistle, and melodica. It takes its name from the first transcontinental railroad in North America, largely built by Chinese and Irish immigrants. The whistles represent the Irish workers and the bawu represents the Chinese "celestials," as they were sometimes called in those days. Although technically not a flute, the bawu is a free reed instrument that is held like a western flute and is fairly accessible for the world flute enthusiast!