Frank Emerson - Singer/Songwriter/Entertainer/Freelance Writer
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. A singer/songwriter, 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 is an entertainer!
Although a good amount of his material is in the Irish music mould, he also embraces Scottish, Canadian, American, Australian and even British folk music and some standards as well. 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,spurred on by the events of 9/11 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.
In 2006, Frank's patriotic song, "One Nation United", received the Directors' Award at the Nashville International Spring Song and Lyric Contest.
For the same song, in 2006, Frank was named Golden Patriotic Writer by the Entertainer Indi-Association.
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.
Frank also spends some time as a freelance writer and copywriter. His services are marketed under the company name "There's a Story Told". He is the author of a number of published non-fiction short stories as well as the author/narrator of the acclaimed audio guide "A Walking Tour of Historic Wytheville, Virginia.
In 1996, he co-authored the book, "Wythe County Virginia During the War Between the States".
In 2007, together with Dennis O'Rourke, Harry O'Donoghue, Seamus Kennedy. and Robbie O'Connell, Frank is authored a collaborative anthology of reminiscences and stories of the past 30-odd years on the Irish music scene. Titled "Clean Cabbage in the Bucket and other Tales From the Irish Music Trenches",
In 2014,he wrote and published the book, "Wythe Bane Graham - 8th Virginia Cavalry, CSA: Letters and Narrative of a Son of the Old Dominion"
In 2015 he authored the book, "Frank Tells Tales: Recollections, Explanations and Narratives from Years Spent Inflicting His Presence on Innocent, Unsuspecting Audiences".
He is currently working on a book dealing with the Confederate raid on St. Albans, Vermont in 1864.He is also a staff researcher/writer for REMILON, a web-based, educational media and publishing company. Examples of Frank's writing from his portfolio along with his writer's profile can be accessed at www.ifreelance.com/pro/4448.
His open personality and ready smile translate easily on and 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.
What with his interesting little two-step with cancer a few years back, he is fairly certain that - to paraphrase Rocky Graziano - somebody up there likes him.