Jim’s Performance Schedule

  Jim Prendergast with David Surette, Jeff Warner, Jeff Taylor & Buddy Greene @ Rira in Portsmouth NH.     May 6: Brickstore Museum Kennebunk ME w/Emery Hutchins  7pm May 7: Barley House North Hampton NH w/Great Bay Sailor 5-8 p.m. May 8: Radisson Manchester NH Business and the Arts Awards w/Melissa Caron May 11: Stone Church Newmarket NH  Irish Music Night  w/Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki 6-9 p.m. …

“…that’s an Irish Lullaby”

The challenge: to produce an instrumental CD without calling attention to the instruments, without distracting the listener from the beauty of the melody, to create an ambience of soothing relaxation for adults and children alike. I think that Bill Verdier, John Mock and I rose to the occasion in this collection of Irish melodies played as sparse, gentle lullabies we’ve …

‘Celtic Tribute’ Series on CMH

“You look like you could play Irish music” said the agent, who had known me for many years, “there’s a new Irish   Pub opening at the Opryland Hotel, and we’d like  you to put together an acoustic trio to play there.” Thus, in 2003, was born ‘The Boys of County Nashville‘. Jeff Taylor and I became totally besotted with …

Ellen Carlson – E.C. and the Moonshiners- Hillbilly Jazz!

It’s been a privilege and a delight to be making music during the past year with the illustrious NH fiddler Ellen Carlson. She’s an expert country player, well-versed in old-timey, New England  and Celtic styles, and a fine bluegrass-er. Her band High Range has wide renown, and her teaching skills legendary. Lately, she, drummer Robbie Kneeland, bassist Brendan Dowd and I …

With Ken Perlman @ Summit School Winter Folk Fest

Melodic clawhammer banjo wizard Ken Perlman and I were happy to be a part of Montpelier Vermont’s Summit School Winter Folk Fest, along with Dirk Powell, Riley Baugus, the amazing Swedish fiddler Anna Lindblad (with RyanDricky), Katie Trautz and others. Tony DeMarco showed up for the after-concert jam, which threw a number of styles into a yummy musical melting pot. Collin McCaffrey, …

With Randy Miller @ Blue in Portland

Blue, the Portland music venue which has a much-appreciated Irish music night on Wednesdays, extended an invitation to New England’s fiddler extraordinaire Randy Miller and me for an ‘encore’ performance on Nov. 2nd. I love playing fresh, un-rehearsed material, and had an opportunity to do just that as we repeated almost none of what we played there this past summer. …

New World Festival in Randolph VT

Ken Perlman and I are still aglow following a wonderful day of music last Sunday in Randolph VT. The Chandler Theater is as good a venue as can be from a musician’s (and audience’s) point of view, and our sincere thanks  to organizers Kevin Dunwoody and Becky McMeekin for giving us the opportunity to play in a perfect environment. We …

New Randy Miller Fiddle CD

When I was leaving Nashville for my move to New England, my good friend and colleague Old Time/Irish fiddler David Coe told me to make sure to meet Randy Miller, renowned for his expert contradance and Irish fiddling, compositions and tune books. To my delight, within a week or two of my move, I found myself playing at the legendary …

Perlman & Prendergast at Elysium Folk Club

Joe Simes has done those of us in the seacoast area who love to listen to and play folk music a great service by providing the ideal venue. The audience he attracts is a performer’s dream- attentive, knowledgeable, supportive (and, apparently and thankfully, forgiving!). Ken Perlman has taken the clawhammer banjo style to amazing and delightful heights, and his uniquely …