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The Unstoppable Irish: Songs and Integration of the New York Irish, 1783-1883 will be published on 30 March 2019 by the University of Notre Dame Press (undp.nd.edu).  The book contends that Irish-Catholics integrated rather than assimilated into the New York populace, and examines ways in which traditional, street and early popular songs can enhance historical knowledge by commenting on events from a street-level perspective.    


The Bonnie Bunch of Roses: Songs of England, Ireland & Scotland, my collection of 150 traditional and broadside songs from Britain and Ireland, was issued by Oak Publications in 1983. 


Book Chapter:


In 2012, my essay "Collecting Occupational Songs" was included in The Ballad Collectors of North America: How Gathering Folksongs Transformed Academic Thought and American Identity.  Edited by Scott B. Spencer and published by Scarecrow Press of Lanham, Maryland, the book chapter looks at 20th century collectors of work songs in Canada and the United States, the milieus they investigated, and their publications.




Over the last 15 years, I've written a number of articles on subjects relating to traditional music and history for a variety of periodicals including History Ireland and Irish Music (Ireland), The Living Tradition (Scotland), and Sing Out, Seaport: New York's History MagazineThe Log of Mystic Seaport, Voices: The Journal of New York Folklore, and New York Irish History (United States).  These have taken the form of research articles, reviews, features, interviews, obituaries and columns.  A sample of writing from these and other periodicals is listed below. 


Book Reviews:


The Transmission of Song Among the New York Irish by Jerry Kerlin (VDM Verlag Dr. Muller, 2008). New York Irish History, vol. 23, 2009.  


Songs of the County Down by Jackie Boyce (Donaghadee, Northern Ireland: Ballyhay Books, 2004). Irish Music, December 2005.


Record Review:


McNally’s Row of Flats: Irish-American Songs of Old New York by Mick Moloney (Nashville: Compass Records, 2009). New York Irish History, vol. 22, 2008. 


Selected Articles:


"Tom Munnelly, A Tribute" in Irish Music, October 2007. 


“Frank Harte (1933 – 2005), An Appreciation” in Irish Music, September 2005. 


“The Story Behind the Song: ‘Cork Harbour’” in Irish Music, June 2005.


“The Story Behind the Song: ‘Tim Finigan’s Wake’” in Irish Music, November 2004.


“Singing Their Troubles Away” in Seaport: New York’s History Magazine, Spring/Summer 2003.


“Paddy Tunney (1921 – 2002),” Irish Music, February 2003. 


“Northern Fiddling Recalled in New York” in Irish Music, April 2002.


“The Ballad in Inishowen” in The Living Tradition, no.50, 2002.


“William Main Doerflinger: Dean of Maritime Music Scholars” in The Log of Mystic Seaport, vol. 53 (4), 2002.


“Folk Songs from New York’s Concert Saloons” in The Living Tradition, no. 42 (2001).


“The Story Behind the Song: ‘The Sons of Liberty’” in Irish Music, March 2001.


“The Bonny Bunch of Roses” in Oak Music Report, Fall, 1981.




“An American Master: Jerry O’Sullivan” in Irish Music, April 2005.

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'The First Irishman in New York," published in New York Irish History: Annual Journal of the New York Irish History Rountable, vol. 25 (2011), is an investigation into the persona and significance of William Goulding who arrived in Dutch New Amsterdam in 1643 after serving out an indenture in Virginia.  

The full article is archived at The First Irishman in New York.pdf 


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