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~ Emery Hutchins ~


Emery Hutchins is a native of Rhode Island. He was a frequent visitor to Maine in his youth because several of his family members were from the York, Ogunquit area. Emery has lived in Maine since 1972, and now makes York his home. He began performing music in the early nineteen seventies with various bands, and was a member of the seven piece celtic ensemble the “Angel Band” for twelve years.More recently he plays with Mac McHale as a member of the band “Two Old Friends”. Hutchins also performs with Old Favorite dance band. This group plays contra dances in the seacoast area of southern Maine and New Hampshire. The other members include Sarah Hydorn, Burt Feintuck, John Carew, and Bill Zecker.

The Angel Band featured traditional Irish music. They concentrated on the music of Turlough O’Carolan, 1670-1738, who is Ireland’s national composer. O’Carolan is considered a bridge between the ancient bardic music style and the Baroque Style. The Angel Band was invited to perform in Ireland on three occasions. They played at the O’Carolan festival in Nobber County Meath twice and at the O’Carolan festival in Keadue, County Roscommon. The Angel Band disbanded in 2005 and its members now perform with various other groups and individuals.

Emery Hutchins is now performing with the duo act “Two Old Friends”. His music partner is Mac McHale. They perform a wide variety of songs and tunes ranging from traditional Irish to vintage American country music. The group was established in 2004 and continues to tour through out New England.

Emery is a mulit-instrumentalist. He is skilled on the banjo, guitar, concertina and bodhran or Irish frame drum. He is also a wonderful vocalist and his repertoire includes both traditional Irish songs and vintage American country music.