Born in Lancashire to a musical Irish family, Bev Whelan learned to play tin whistle at an early age and soon moved on to become an accomplished traditional flute player. Her playing was more widely recognised when she won the All-Britain championship and became a silver medal winner on the flute at the senior All Ireland finals. She also won the tin whistle trophy at the Newcastleton Traditional Music Festival three times in a row.
Bev spent many years living in Ireland where she honed her style by playing with traditional musicians in South Sligo and Leitrim, and also in Co. Louth where she lived. She currently lives in Lancaster in the UK where she works as a music teacher and musician. She performs with Absolutely Legless (an Irish dance group from Edinburgh who tour internationally) and Stir Ye Girls, an all-women trio; plays and calls with ceilidh bands Hole in the Hedge and Beer for Breakfast, and also performs solo and with a variety of other musical partners.
As a music teacher, Bev has spent more than thirty years teaching, encouraging and mentoring folk musicians of all ages.