Most Tin whistles on eBay say that most Irish songs are played in C. But not all Pogues songs are in C. Look at the section for Spider Stacy within this fora, as I'm sure this has been asked before, and there is certainly a thread with Tin Whistle help.
I'm expecting a Tin whistle myself this Christmas. Looking forward to playing it!
I played most of the pogues songs on a "D" whistle whenever covering their songs, however there are some songs you will need a "C".
Get an Overton if you can find them (not able to tune) or better yet, go to Michael Burke's site and order his tunable ones for about the same price ($150 US). I got a low whistle in "D" from him in less than 72 hours from the time I ordered it online. These are EXCELLENT whistles. Don't waste your time on generations unless you don't want to spend the extra cash.
FYI- most Irish tunes can be played on a "D" with a few exceptions. Good Luck.
This show was broadcast on RTE's lyric FM last (Sunday) night. It hasn't been archived yet but probably will in a day or two.
A BIT OF PIPE WITH SIX HOLES
James Galway plays one of the most expensive instruments in the world, a flute of gold, but also one of the cheapest too - a bit of tin pipe with six holes. Galway tells the story of this simple but most versatile of instruments - the penny whistle - which he has played for years, but until recently knew little about.
Sunday January 8th, 10pm
Strange, sound of the ones with plastic top sound better to me.
But D is good tuning. And C is very useful when you wish to play tunes with no sharps.
But if you want to play Thousands are Sailing with Shane on vocals, you will use probably A one.