My New Tunes

2016-17 HAVE BEEN active years for composing new tunes in the Irish traditional music genre … 18 in ’16 (and 8 already in This Year of the Rooster) celebrating weddings, funerals, birthdays, breaking news items of cultural import … and still 6.5 months in the year left to go!

This is a new page for the new tunes, if anyone’s interested in playing them.

You’re welcome.

Here’s a sad yet noble one:  The Piper Bill Ochs, composed late in 2016 in tribute to an excellent New York musician recently passed.



And here’s a recording of it:


BRUCE & MARY’S WEDDING – composed Sept. 28, 2016 for Bruce Foley and Mary Coogan, 2 outstanding musicians and human beings. Video clip here.


DON MEADE’S JIG – composed Sept. 18, 2016 on the occasion of Don receiving a well-deserved award from Craobh Úll Mór. Video clip here.


THE BASSMEISTER’S CHOICE (Hugh Sparks’ Hornpipe) – composed Sept. 3, 2016, for a legendary musician enjoying an epic 70th birthday.


GENEVIEVE & MICHAEL’S WEDDING – a planxty composed Aug. 24, 2016 in honor of 2 remarkable young people … and the wedding took place at Lyndhurst Mansion Castle (where the original Dark Shadows TV series was filmed).


BILL HARKER’S BLUE SUEDE FIDDLE – a birthday tune composed July 28, 2016 in honor of a fine New Jersey fiddler.


BOW TO THE BREEZE – composed July 24, 2016 in honor of master fiddler Seamus Connolly … I first heard Seamus play live in 1974 … have no earthly idea why it’s taken so long to compose a tribute tune for him, but better late than never.


PINE STREET PROMENADE – composed July 7, 2016 in honor of 2 great New Jersey musicians – fiddler Amy Beshara and multi-instrumentalist Max Carmichael. They play all over the Garden State … do yourself an immense favor and hear them.



*  The Piper Pat Sky
*  Larry Edelman’s Birthday Polka

*  Knocking a Squeeze Out of It (Pete Farley’s March)
*  Jane Kelton’s Birthday
*  The Pride of Derradda (Frank Curran’s Reel)
The Marbling Harp of Iris
Doug Barr’s Birthday
*  Paul Keating’s Birthday
*  Jim Brown’s Birthday

are on this adjoining site page.