Booking & Contact
Broken Whistle's lyrical, driven performances blend acoustic Celtic traditions with contemporary American influences.
Looking for a press packet? See our Press Page for high-quality photos, descriptions, and our stage plot.
If you need music for your event, chances are that we are a good fit. We’ve played everything from center stage at the Bing Crosby Theater to background music for private parties. Check out our list of past events below, for more detail. If you’ve decided you want us to play for your event, we will need the usual information (place/date/time/length). If amplification would be helpful, we can bring our own full PA system, too.
Contact us through any of the following means, and we'll get back to you as quickly as we can.
Phone: Kelcey Hanson - (509) 671-3740
Facebook (message us): Follow our link, or search for “broken whistle”.
Notable Past Events
Main Performers or Main Stages
Rowan Street Album Debut Concert
We released our second album at the Bing Crosby Theater, with the help of some of the Kelly Irish Dancers.
St. Brendan’s Voyages – Kelly Irish Dancers 2014 Spring Recital
The Kelly Dancers’ Spring Recital regularly packs the Bing Crosby Theater with 350 people each night. We featured in the second half of the show, playing a couple numbers of our own, and playing all the music for the older dancers.
Battle of the Bands
When we agreed to take part in the contest, we didn’t immediately realize that (a) this was the adult BoB (not the teen BoB), and that (b) nearly all the other bands were rock or metal. Notwithstanding, we won second place during the elimination round, and scored fourth place (out of ten) against an all-metal lineup in the finals.
KPBX Children's Concert
The March 2014 Children's Concert was Irish Ceili-themed, with music supplied by Broken Whistle, and dancing led by the Kelly Irish Dancers.
Fairs and Festivals
Galway Bay Irish Music Fest (2015, 2016)
Tucked away in the quaint town of Ocean Shores, WA, is the largest Irish music festival on the West Coast. With over 30 bands playing over 3 days of straight music, this festival has something for everyone! Our debut here met with acolades from audiences and musicians alike.
Spokane Fall Folk Festival (2013-16)
The Folk Festival is truly an incubator for Spokane’s folk community, and we would encourage you to come support the Festival, and the many artists that help it thrive.
Missoula Celtic Festival (2014-17)
It is truly an honor to play at this festival. We shared the stage with the Gothard Sisters and the Celtic Dragon Pipe Band, and we watched Flogging Molly’s and the Young Dubliners hit the evening out of the park. Please see the event’s own website for much more information.
Spokane Highland Games (2014, 2015)
“Och, laddie! They’re nae skirts; they’re kilts! Trust an Englishman nae ta see it!” If you, like us, enjoy the occasional hearty dose of culture, you can’t go wrong at the Spokane Highland (“Hee-land”) Games! Caber tossing, kilt wearing, haggis tasting, and music–what’s not to love? By the way, nae means no in the Scottish dialect.
Valleyfest is the City of Spokane Valley’s premier community event. Celebrate their Silver Jubilee and join the fun September 19, 20, and 21, 2014. Valleyfest is an annual tradition bringing the region and community of the Spokane Valley together since 1990, and we were proud to be a part of the entertainment this year.
Spokane Renaissance Fair (2013, 2014, 2015, 2016)
Come, ye lords and ladies all! From the instant you step outside your car, you will be transported back to the Renaissance! High-bred gentlewomen, hawking merchants, scoundrels and ruffians, and lots of great music (including us) await you…
Thursday Market (2014, 2015)
Stroll among the booths, experience the culture, and come check us out on the entertainment stage! The Thursday Market (otherwise known as the South Perry’s Farmers Market) features over 20 local vendors offering fruit, vegetables, flowers, meat, honey, herbs and eggs grown by local farmers; a variety of artisan prepared foods and handcrafted goods, as well as ready to eat foods.
West Central Market (2014)
This is a brand-new farmers market. Located in a park near a school, the soft green grass is charming, and we will forever remember the hula-hoopers.
West Knox Market (2015)
The market takes place every Friday from 3 to 7pm in the parking lot of Knox Presbyterian Church (806 W Knox) in the Emerson-Garfield Neighborhood. We were their entertainment one week, and from all reports, we had a happy audience.
Sometimes we are asked to perform for civic leaders, or for a “good cause”. We’ve provided music for Earth Day, incumbent treasurer Rob Chase, state senator Michael Baumgartner, Relay for Life, and most recently, hosting a benefit ceili (Irish dance party) for Carl Evans.
Private Events & Miscellaneous
We sometimes receive requests to play for private events. We have played wedding receptions, provided entertainment for a conference, and background music for the Serendipity houseboat.
We’ve also been featured on the airwaves, in ads for multiple organizations on KHQ, and in KPBX Children’s Concerts.