New Leaf


About New Leaf

New Leaf is John Tabb on button accordion, Kira Jewett on fiddle and Jim Bunting on guitar, vocals and bouzouki.  Together they play traditional tunes with tight, driving rhythm, interspersed with Jim's unique take on Ireland's song repertoire.  

John Tabb is well known throughout southern New England for his box playing and leads weekly sessions at the Irish Cultural Center of Western New England. He has performed with The Healys, The Dustmen and his dad Chris Tabb, and appears on the recording Apples in Winter.  Kira Jewett started playing classically when she was just three years old, but fell in love with the music of Ireland in her 20s and studied extensively with the virtuoso fiddler Brian Conway.  She is the 2003 All-Ireland fiddle Slow Airs Champion.  Singer and rhythm player Jim Bunting is an avid local session player who brings a sensitive touch and driving rhythm to the band.


"Beautiful playing there..."

Billy McComiskey

Music Reviews

Kudos from our fellow musicians!


You have every right to be excited about New Leaf, your band has drive, melodic maturity, and great vocals!

-a fellow musician

Misty Woodland

Lovely sweet music, a wonderful trio!

Brian Conway, Sligo fiddler


“Terrific, pure drop Irish trad, with an contemporary Appalachian twist!”

Brian O'Donovan, WGBH

Want New Leaf to play for your event?  Contact us now!

Holyoke, MA


Thanks for submitting!

Thanks for submitting!