I retired from teaching at the start of this month. I will miss many things. I will miss guitar club. I will miss teaching Greek mythology, especially Homer. But teaching is not what I will most miss about teaching. I will most miss no longer being there to greet and speak to former students. That has always been my greatest joy.
By no means have I retired from writing and performing music. We’ve booked five or so gigs for both July and August at various venues. I will also continue on as a member of the leadership team of The National Writing Project at Rider University, and as recording secretary to the historic preservation advisory committee to the Lawrence Township planning board.
Joe and I got back together for three sets of acoustic rock music on the patio at Momma Rosa’s in Hamilton, NJ. We had a great time. Here’s what one of the attendees had to say about the night:
“Bill O’Neal is famous for his Irish music but he is also great with contemporary music. What a phenomenal voice! He and Joe Kramer serenaded Bill and I tonight. Great time!” -Terri Purcell
Andrew and I hosting the open session on the Paddy-O at Killarney’s Publick House in Hamilton, NJ.
Greetings. This winter was a busy one for my music. In addition to the usual gigs, we played quite a few fundraisers, concerts, and parties. Photos from some of the events are seen in prior postings. I have migrated them to this, my new WordPress-based music site. Soon I will retire my former websire entirely. At the moment there is a lull in my performance schedule while I ready for retirement from my teaching career. It is my hope to use my free time to finish my current novel project over the summer and send it off to publishing, and to then visit friends in the Belfast area in the early fall.
Palmer Square Stage in Princeton
Left to Right: Bill Felix, Andrew Koontz, Bill O’Neal, James McIlhinney