Over the years I have composed many tunes, often for my own amusement, sometimes for a particular purpose,
and sometimes when commissioned. As a fiddler (and player of other instruments), I have been playing
traditional Scottish and other Celtic music for well over 30 years, performing for dancing, concerts and
celebrations of all types. My love of this music has emerged at intervals in new melodies that insinuate
themselves into my brain.
Whilst it is impossible to know exactly when the muse will strike, I have taken commissions and have always
been able to fulfill them within a short time period.
My compositions have included jigs, reels, waltzes, slow airs & laments, strathspeys, a few hornpipes,
the odd (very odd!) polka, and a few other bits and pieces. Several of these have been arranged in two volumes
of my tunebook North Country and several more are awaiting compilation
into a 3rd volume.
It's possible to have a star named after someone special as a gift. Something equally romantic and rather more
tangible is to commission a tune for that special person.
Within the broad Celtic realm, I am happy to devise a tune in a category of your choosing, one which embodies
characteristics that match the person in question, whether smooth and flowing or spiky or bouncy or boring or
a little off the wall or ..... you get the idea!
Please contact me with your ideas.
“The tunes are gorgeous! These are definite keepers and will be a big hit ... I say that about all your work, but it's true.” [GA, E Corinth, VT]
“The jigs ... have wonderful lift and are effortlessly tuneful” [GS, Philadelphia, PA]
“... these are new "classics"” [GS, Philadelphia, PA]