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Two Old Friends - Mac McHale & Emery Hutchins
Emery Hutchins

Left:Emery Hutchins on Banjo, Guitar, Concertina, Bodran & Vocals

Right:
Jim Prendergast on Guitar, Mandolin, Octave Mandolin, Mandola & Vocals

Two Old Friends, Jim Prendergast and Emery Hutchins, are musicians who play and sing a unique combination of CeItic and American country music, and in their performances seek to show the connection between the two genres. Emery is a well known performer of a variety of different styles of acoustic music; ranging from traditional Irish tunes to vintage American country music songs. Jim worked for thirty years in the recording studios and orchestra pits of Nashville Tennessee. He now resides in NH and is an active participant in New England’s thriving Celtic/Folk music scene.

The duo has lately increased the offering of maritime music. Maritime songs have long been an intregral part of American music. These includes variety of ballads, work shantys, including both recent compositions and traditional offerings. The group always ties the songs to the American venture through stories and presentation of the music. Audience participation is always encouraged.

A Two Old Friends performance represents the American experience in a real and vibrant way. It demonstrates how American music is really an amalgamation of musical styles. There are American blues pieces juxtaposed with Irish jigs and reels. There, are "shout tunes" and plaintive ballads. Original melodies, songs and stories by the artists are part of a performance that tells the story in music of loss and renewal, despair and hope, anguish and joy that is the story of the Irish and of every other group of people who have traveled to America and -- and within America. It is a performance that is informative and entertaining and above all, seeks to show that to understand the music of a culture is to understand the heart of a culture.

Mac McHale
Mac McHale

My longtime friend and music partner, Mac McHale, died on Sunday afternoon November 11, 2012. He had suffered a heart attack on Saturday night while giving a concert in his hometown of Bangor, Maine. He and I had played music together for nearly 30 years, and it was always my honor to work with him. I know that, like me, the music community is stunned by his death. He was a friend and mentor to me and to dozens of other people. Mac was respected and liked by his friends and by lovers of traditional American country music and lively Irish music. I loved Mac's company and performing with him. I will miss him always and hold his memory in my heart.

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