Frank Emerson
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Frank Emerson

Wytheville, Virginia, United States

Wytheville, Virginia, United States
Band Folk Celtic


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"Your patriotic lyrics moved us as we spent Memorial Day weekend remembering those who gave the ultimate sacrifice in the name of and for the betterment of our great nation. Semper Fi." - Zach Zittle , New York
former USMC

"You gave us such a happy evening of music that just always makes my old heart sing. It has always been worth the drive for us. You bring happiness to others." - Judith West, Florida
(formerly Taunton, Mass.)

"Top notch!" - King Street Chronicle "Glorious - tremendous presence on stage." - Savannah Irish Festival

"Delightful" - Savannah Morning News "A fine repertoire" - Irish Echo

"A fine voice" - Dirty Linen Magazine "Emerson presents his music with grace" - Blue Ridge Serendipity

"High quality" - Glen Echo Irish Festival "Exciting and highly entertaining" - Spotlight Magazine

"Could not have selected a better performer" - Council for Community Enrichment, Radford, VA

"I have never been so completely entertained. Having been around 59 years, I think I have sufficient experience in pubs to give validity to my belief that you are the finest, and most entertaining balladier I have ever heard. I will indeed get word around to my friends" - Tom Eagen, Colonel, USMC (ret)

"A great Dublin entertainer with wonderful endorsements" - The Pilot, Southern Pines, NC

"A keen sense of awareness of a proper balance of both strength and sensitivity...a wealth of entertainment experience" - The Paper

"The man of 1000 toasts - a favorite of Savannah and the festival" - Savannah Irish Festival 2001

"Delightfully sentimental...Emerson does a wonderful job, inciting the crowd to sing along" - Savannah Evening Press

"Knows how to entertain...Amazing dexterity" - Creative Loafing

"It was standing room only" - Diversions, Savannah Morning News

"One of the best times of our lives" - Maryanne & Larry Rushton, Washington State

"Extremely powerful songs" - National League of Families of American Prisoners and Missing in Southeast Asia

"The most moving version of 'The Wearing of the Green' we've ever heard." - Cynthe & Craig Wadsworth, Louisiana

"This talented guitarist plays traditional and contemporary Irish folk songs and originals with both grace and flair" - Connect Savannah
- All Over


Emerson & Reed #1 & 2
Ourselves Alone
Rise Again
Safe in the Harbour
Dear Sarah featuring The Flag of Our Fathers
There's aStory Told
(Numerous singes and EPs - now gone, thankfully)

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Frank Emerson
Biographical Notes

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 mould, 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.

Performing professionally since 1972, 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. The song was used in the soundtrack of a documentary shown on international television for the 60th anniversary of D-Day called “The Long March of Bob Slaughter”.

In 2003, Frank received awards from American Legion Post 36 and from The Veterans Council of Chatham County, Georgia in appreciation of his patriotic compositions and performances.

In 2005, he received an award of appreciation in recognition of his continued support for the veterans of Chatham County, Georgia from the Lt. Gen. John N. McLaughlin Post #1943 of the Catholic War Veterans.

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 author and narrator of the audio, A Walking Tour of Historic Wytheville, Virginia. He is the co-author of the booklet, Wythe County Virginia During the War Between the States. He is currently is doing some freelance writing while also working on a book dealing with the Confederate raid on St. Albans, Vermont in 1864, a monograph on the war time experiences and letters of Captain Wythe B. Graham, CSA, and a collaborative anthology of short stories, detailing reminiscences of the past 30-odd years on the Irish music scene.

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.
490 E. North Street
Wytheville, Virginia 24382
cell- 276-613-0598
fax- 509-562-8833