Here you can find answers to frequently asked questions regarding instruments, equipment, and other inquires. If you have a question that is not addressed on this page, email Anna Robins at firstname.lastname@example.org. We will continue to update this page.
What brand of tin whistle do you use?
I started out on a cheap Clark whistle, just to get started. I still use those for practice sometimes and have used them for past recordings, because they do have a pretty decent sound. Now, I use Susato penny whistles for performances and recordings. I have a number of their whistles in the Kildare series.
What key is your tin whistle in the “Traditional Irish Tin Whistle Songs” video on YouTube?
For this video I used a Susato pennywhistle in the key of D. Most songs I play are in D, but there are a few exceptions.
Can I use one of your songs in a film?
Yes! Please, contact me at email@example.com first and attach details about the project, but yes. My songs have been used in film projects before and I am always happy to work with filmmakers.
Can you compose new music for my film project?
Definitely! I love working on films and would be happy to discuss what you’re looking for with your film project. Email me firstname.lastname@example.org with more details and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can.
How do you write or compose your songs? Lyrics? Melody?
That’s a difficult question to answer. I’ve gone about writing my songs many different ways. Sometimes it starts with a tune in my head that I assign random phrases to and end up actually making sense. A lot of times I just role with what comes out. Sometimes I have a particular genre or style in mind and will listen to other music to get ideas. Sometimes it’s a memory, a moment, a trigger of some sorts like a phrase someone said and I think, “oh, that’s a good lyric.” It really just depends. I know of exercises or formats that can help someone write a song or break from writer’s block, but I haven’t used them much. Although, they have been great tools with groups and we’ve come up with fun songs.
Where can I buy a hard copy CD of your albums?
Is the song “Story Reel” by Interflow feat. Anna Robinson, yours?
No. That song existed before I began recording. It’s a different Anna Robinson and I had nothing to do with that production. For whatever reason, when I get my stuff distributed, sellers automatically have me linked to this track/artist and I haven’t been able to consistently correct them. This may also be why some of my songs/albums are listed under this name and others under a different Anna Robinson. Trying to get this straightened out has been a very difficult and complicated process.
Are you Irish?
It’s funny how often I get this question, because I do play tin whistle. I’m American, but have Irish heritage on both sides of my family. That lineage is still something I want to research more and learn about. What I have come to learn about Irish culture I love!