Tom is an internationally acclaimed fiddle player, but his talents extend far beyond this role. He also has extensive songwriting, arranging, and conducting experience; his music fuses traditional Irish styles with folk rock and Americana sounds.
He is an enthusiastic musician who strives to keep Irish culture alive in America by hosting an Irish radio program and focusing his musical efforts toward this end.
Early Life and Education
Thomas McConville was born in 1890 to John Charles McConville and Susan Marie Hazard McConville and was one of ten siblings.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy at West Point in New York. Additionally, he obtained a master’s degree in Aerospace Engineering from Georgia Institute of Technology.
McConville is an esteemed veteran who has served multiple overseas assignments. He has earned several military and civilian accolades, such as the Distinguished Service Medal and three Legions of Merit, in addition to several Air Medals and two Army Commendation Medals.
His family includes his wife Jadwiga of Newport Center, Vermont; stepson Jaromir Baykowski from Poland and stepdaughter Malgosia of Montreal Quebec. Additionally he leaves four grandchildren and one great-grandchild behind.
Thomas McConville serves as an Orange County Superior Court judge appointed by Governor Jerry Brown following the retirement of Thomas J. Borris. Additionally, he has held various leadership roles such as membership on remuneration committee and directorship at Collectrium LLC.
Tom is widely recognized by fans and audiences of folk music alike as one of the country’s premier fiddle players; but he’s also an incredible vocalist renowned for emotive singing that brings out the complex message and sentiment in his songs.
Tom’s eclectic career path has seen him work with a variety of successful musical partners. These range from his initial duo efforts with late piper Kieran Halpin and guitarist Chris Newman to the more recently formed trio Dab Hand, comprised of Phil Murray from Doonan Family fame as well as Shona Kipling.
Achievement and Honors
McConville has received many awards and honors throughout his career. He holds both a bachelor’s degree with honors from University of Coventry in England, as well as a doctorate degree from University of Strathclyde in Scotland; additionally, his research includes targeted oral chronopharmaceutical drug delivery.
McConville has served in key staff assignments within the Army, such as deputy chief of staff for G-1; member of U.S. Army Deputy Commanding General Support staff; and strategic planner for 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault). In addition, he holds certifications to fly AH-64D Longbow Apache, OH-58 Kiowa Warrior and AH-1 Cobra helicopters.
He is widely recognized for facilitating significant expansion within USU’s F. Edward Hebert School of Medicine, Daniel K. Inouye Graduate School of Nursing, Postgraduate Dental College and Enlisted to Medical Degree Preparatory Program. Additionally, he has received many military honors including two Distinguished Service Medals and three Legions of Merit awards.
Thomas McConville is married and the father of three. Originally hailing from Carteret and Neptune in New Jersey, Thomas graduated from Seton Hall University before serving in the US Navy for six years as an officer.
McConville was a partner at Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe law firm where his focus was white collar crimes and public corruption cases. Additionally, he served as deputy chief for Santa Ana office of U.S. Attorney in Southern California between 2004 and 2006.
He was a much-beloved husband, father, grandfather and friend who will be greatly missed by his devoted wife of 25 years Betty Lou (nee Hannan) McConville; their three sons Patrick T. McConville IV and Timothy J. McConville and daughter Mary Catherine McConville as well as six grandchildren will miss him deeply.
He graduated from the United States Military Academy and was commissioned as an Aviation officer in the U.S. Army. Additionally, he holds both a Bachelor of Science degree in Public Policy from Stanford University and JD degree from Georgetown University.
McConville has written numerous books, such as “The Minor Prophets: A Theological Introduction” from Two Horizons Old Testament Commentary Series and “Habakkuk: A Commentary” (Two Horizons Bible Studies). Additionally, he has been published in numerous academic journals.
His family includes six children he fathered himself as well as one stepdaughter and fourteen grandchildren whom he is grandad to. Additionally, he is blessed with numerous nieces and nephews as well as Weimaraners for companionship in Norfolk, Virginia where they reside with his wife and family. Additionally, he enjoys racingcar driving – participating in several races such as 1993 Tooheys 1000 where his team Ford EB Falcon V8 collided with Skyline Bridge while under Paul Radisich’s direction before colliding into Skyline to suffer minor damage before colliding with Paul Radisich’s Ford EB Falcon V8 colliding into Skyline Bridge before colliding with Skyline which resulted in minor damage being sustained to him but other than this racecar enthusiast enjoys racecar driving as much as anything.