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