Bob McQuillen 1923-2014
Seems like all the bad news is reaching me first. Jimmy Keane just posted on Facebook that Bob McQuillen, a prolific composer of dance tunes, fine piano and piano accordion player for contra dances, and a really nice guy, has died. At least a few of his more than 1300 compositions are on this site, including Amelia’s Waltz.
After winning a National Endowment for the Arts National Heritage Fellowship Award in 2002, he sat in on Patty Furlong’s basic B/C button accordion class at the age of 80 in 2003 at the Catskills Irish Arts Week, which was, coincidentally, the first accordion class I took.