About Tootling Ted
Welcome to the world of Kate Walsh and her alter ego Tootling Ted.
You have come to this site, maybe because you have seen one of her adverts, or heard one of her recordings or perhaps even share her special interest in the Flute D’amore and would like to get to know more about her.
Kate is a musician in the widest and best sense. Music is her passion: not just the more intellectual and abstruse classics but all music. It is a passion that drives her. It is not something she wants to keep to herself but she wants to share with everyone she meets.
First and foremost this makes her into a performer. Every performer needs to find that special instrument they relate to best and for Kate from an early age this has been the flute. When she was younger she was also an accomplished singer, but eventually she had to make a choice and decided the flute was the more important to her
It also makes her into a superb, inspirational teacher. She is able to motivate her students, young and old, with her passion.
Kate is also not one to turn down a challenge, to do things which are slightly out of the ordinary for jobbing musicians. Thus she has played for afternoon tea on a cruise ship, entertained (with others) the local Hells Angels in a German bus station, provided background music at a furniture convention and has also entertained passing shoppers and bemused lorry drivers in Enniskillen High Street with a spirited rendition of the first movement of the Mozart D major concerto. She has also been known to play piccolo in a samba band and the cow horn in a major London night club
She lives with her husband and dogs Jimmy and Lily in a comfortable house in West London where she is at last able to have her own music room and conduct rehearsals without disturbing anybody