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Frank Emerson
Accompanying himself on the guitar and occasionally on the Celtic drum called the bodhran, Frank - though hardly a strict traditionalist - embodies many of the traditions of the ancient bards, but with a more contemporary twist. His performances are presented with aplomb, grace and good humor. Interspersed with varied insights into the background of the songs are stories, jokes and toasts, so that his appearances are informative as well as entertaining. His business card and stationary read "Music &c." This means that he is much more than a songster. He entertains!

Although a good amount of his material is in the Irish mold, he also embraces Scottish, Canadian, American, Australian and even British cultures. He runs the gamut from humorous to soulful. In addition is the author/composer of a number of popular pub songs as well as patriotic pieces in honor of Ireland and the United States - which he performs regularly.

His material is rendered in a rich baritone that is eminently understandable. Because of this, he has been in demand as a voiceover actor for commercials and narrations. His performances are bolstered by a refined sense of comic and dramatic timing developed through his experiences on the folk circuit, in front of a classroom, in the theater and in the U.S. Armed Forces.

Through the course of time, Frank has had nine record albums produced, which reviewers have characterized variously as "eclectic", "highly entertaining", and "this CD seldom leaves my player". In addition, he has performed on the recordings of numerous friends and associates in the business.

In 2000, he collaborated with Harry O'Donoghue and Carroll Brown on the highly successful "A Christmas Postcard" - from which they fashioned a touring Christmas show.

In 2001, he wrote and recorded "The Flag of Our Fathers", which was picked up by The American Legion as a sound track to a film they were producing. In 2002, he and Bob Slaughter, a Veteran of Omaha Beach on D-Day, pooled their talents to write and have Frank record "A New Dawn Forever" - to benefit the National D-Day Memorial in Bedford, Virginia.

Dublin is a long time past, and he has resided in the States for a considerable length of time. Since 1986, Frank has made his home - when he is not on the road - over the Blue Ridge Mountains in Southwestern Virginia. He is the co-author of the booklet, Wythe County Virginia During the War Between the States. He is currently working on a book dealing with the Confederate raid on St. Albans, Vermont in 1864, a monograph on the war time experiences of Captain Wythe B. Graham, CSA, a collaborative anthology of reminiscences, and a cancer journal.

His open personality and ready smile translate easily off the boards. It is obvious to any audience that he treasures being able to do what he does for a living. He respects his stock in trade and he respects his audience.

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