From time to time, and when the inclination takes me, I compose music for the highland bagpipes. These are my tunes:
Black Pat (Pádraig Dhub) . I wrote this jig for my good friend Patrick Byrne. I consider this tune to be the best I have written. Black Pat is a nickname he acquired while at the Royal Military College Duntroon in 1980's. The nickname hasn't stuck and, and its best left to him to explain how he got it in the first place! You can listen to the tune here .
Beth's Inspiration . I wrote this reel just after Christmas 2009 for my good friend Beth Irvin. I'm not sure it's completely original because it had been running around in my head for some months; however I think it has a good upbeat and it sounds good on both highland bagpipes and smallpipes. It's best left to Beth to explain what her inspiration is - suffice it to say she has inspired me! You can listen to the tune here .
Major Peta Durant-Law, RAANC . I wrote this march to commemorate the occasion of Captain Peta Durant-Law's promotion to field rank on Friday the 20th of November 1998. Peta of course is my wife and today is a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Australian Army Nursing Corps . You can listen to the tune here .
Denise McQuire's Reel . I first started writing this tune in Rwanda in 1994. At the time I was trying to learn Kelsie's Wee Reel but I didn't have any music or even a recording to listen to! I thought I was playing Kelsie's Wee Reel but this tune has some obvious differences. Denise McQuire is Patrick Byrne's wife. She liked the tune so I named it for her. You can listen to the tune here .
Wee Willie's Jig . This is the first tune I ever wrote. I have played it in many competitions over the years, and have won on a number of occasions. Wee Willie is Bill Corcoran. Bill taught me the bagpipes and gave me a love of the Irish style of slow airs and jigs. You can listen to the tune here .