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 became a medal winner on the flute in three consecutive years 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 where she works as a music teacher and musician. She performs with Absolutely Legless (an Irish dance group from Edinburgh who tour internationally), plays and calls with the ceilidh band Scatter the Mud, and also performs solo and with a variety of other musical partners.