A grandmother who is a professional whistler admitted she is going to whistle until her last breath while showing off her ability to imitate all kinds of bird sounds.
75-year-old Sheila Harrod is a grandma with an unusual talent – whistling. Not only is whistling her hobby but she turned it into a profession and entertained audiences from all around the world.
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For over 50 years, Sheila, who is now the oldest professional whistler in Britain, has been upgrading her skills and coming up with new performances.
Not only can Sheila reproduce the sounds that birds make but she can also whistle the tune of any song she hears.
“People have always been amazed. It’s certainly something that’s unusual, it gives me and other people great pleasure. I’m probably the only person around these days who still whistles at performances,” the retired hairdresser said.
“It’s taken me all over the world; Cyprus, Spain, the Canary Islands, and the Dominican Republic.”
“I’ve been doing this since 1957. I had a windup gramophone and an old record of a whistler called Ronnie Ronalde. I must have been only 13-years-old but I loved the sound and tried to copy it as best I could.
“One day I was out fishing with my family and this noise just came out from me. My parents heard it and couldn’t believe it. They took me to a working man’s club, stood me on a chair because I couldn’t reach the microphone and it just began from there.
“At the end of that first performance, people were absolutely shocked that someone so small and young could make this powerful sound and reach such high notes.”
After kickstarting her career, agents quickly caught wind of Sheila’s talent and offered her to hold concerts in different countries.
Despite her age, however, the 75-year-old has no plans on slowing down when it comes to her whistling concerts.
“I practice new songs as often as I can. I find if I don’t whistle for a while I have to put my hands in cold water so they’re clean, it makes the whistle sharper,” the divorced whistler added.
“I don’t have any ties in my life now so I can do what I want. My dream is to go to America or New Zealand. Even if it’s just sitting in a dive bar whistling along with the piano I’d love to go.”
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