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Blayne Chastain discovered traditional Irish music through the band, Siucra. Inspired by their flute and whistle player, Shannon Heaton, Blayne devoted himself to mastering the whistle and later, the flute. This new found passion led him to found WhistleAndDrum.com, an online shop specializing in tin whistles and bodhráns. In 2005 he moved to Ireland to study at the University of Limerick’s Irish World Academy of Music & Dance. There he studied with some of the best Irish flute players in the world and played in loads of sessions. He graduated with honors with a Master of Arts in Traditional Irish Flute Performance.

Blayne currently teaches privately and online at //blaynechastain.com/i-teach. He also leads a local session at Patrick’s Irish Pub. His love of Irish music deeply influences his “day job” as Music and Arts Director at Saint Patrick Presbyterian Church. Blayne lives with his wife, Deborah, their 3 year old daughter, Erin and 1 year old son, Grady, in the loft of their historic storefront in downtown Greeley, Colorado.

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