Tune of the Week

A new tune each Wednesday (more or less) chosen arbitrarily by your Webmaster, a mixture of traditional and new tunes, but in traditional styles.  Site visitors are encouraged to nominate tunes for this page via the Suggestion Form.

This week’s tune:

A Week in January by Seamus Egan, a lyrical slow air.

Last week’s tune:

Amelia, a lovely waltz by the late, great Bob McQullen (whose day job was as a shop teacher in the Peterborough, NH high school).  Note especially the two videos.

Recent Tunes of the Week:

  • Maple Sugar.  Well, it’s sugaring season here in Vermont, so…  This tune is really from Ontario but it has a Quebecois swing, to my ear.
  • Ootpik (or Ookpik) Waltz. From Canada (BC), this may have been inspired by Inu or possibly west coast First Nation cultures.(?)
  • Drummers of England, by Russ Barenberg, one of his many wonderful guitar compositions.  Don’t miss the video of Russ playing it with Aly Bain and Phil Cunningham.
  • Vice President Kamala Harris’ Hornpipe.  Continuing a quasi-political theme, here’s a new hornpipe by Rebecca Weiss celebrating the first woman and person of color elected as the US’s vice president.
  • Bernie’s Mittens, a new tune in ragtime style, composed by Susan Reid in honor of the mittens Senator Bernie Sanders wore at President Biden’s inauguration.
  • Thrush in the Straw, aka The Humors of Lisheen, an Irish jig of possibly ancient lineage.