Songs of Christmas
For over 8 years until the pandemic, Jim Prendergast and Jordan Tirrell-Wysocki held forth on Thursday nights at The Stone Church, providing an authentic Irish pub-style show that welcomed guest musicians and was friendly to all ages. Both full-time musicians, Jim brings many decades of experience working with the best of the best in the Nashville music scene, while Jordan has been hailed as “one of the state’s favorite musicians” by NH Chronicle, and was named a Master Artist by the NH State Council on The Arts. Their blend of cheerful sing-alongs, haunting ballads and lively fiddle tunes is ever-changing and often guided by audience requests. Join us for the special matinee version of Irish Night, Christmas Song style.
The Spain Brothers
Liam Spain - [email protected]
Mickey Spain - [email protected]
Liam and Mickey Spain are second generation singer / songwriters from the mill town of
Manchester, NH. They grew up in a household steeped in folk music and musicians. Their
father, Mike Spain, was a well known folk singer performing Irish and American Folk songs
throughout the New England area. Mike, not only inspired the boys to perform, but he
introduced them to the work of a myriad of artists, and educated them on the folk song
tradition and its importance in society.
Mickey and Liam began performing as a duo in the early 1990’s and soon garnered a
following. Mickey’s rich baritone voice and Liam’s mastery of stringed instruments made
them a very sought after act and led to the recording of two CD’s. On one fateful night, the
sons of legendary Irish folk singer, Tommy Makem, happened to catch their act. The two
sets of brothers, quickly formed a bond over their shared love of the music and in 2002,
Liam and Mickey joined forces with Shane, Conor and Rory and began touring as The
Makem and Spain Brothers.
It was during this time that the band highlighted venues and Irish festivals across the United
States, up into Nova Scotia, on Caribbean cruises and across the sea to Ireland. They
recorded four cd’s along the way, and shared the stage with some of the greatest in the
business. After years of touring, the lineup was reduced to four but the act continued on
without missing a beat. In 2011, an idea suggested by Liam a few years prior, became a
reality when the boys began recording two compilation cd’s titled, Sessions, Volume l and
Sessions, Volume ll. This project brought the brothers together to record with folk icons
such as Tom Paxton, Noel Paul Stookey, Roger McGuinn, Dave Mallett and Bill Staines
to name a few, and it gave birth to an annual concert held in Liam and Mickey’s hometown,
called the NH Folk Extravaganza.
In 2013, the lineup, again, was reduced by one, leaving Liam, Mickey and Rory to perform
as the trio Makem and Spain. Although the new lineup continues to tour and promote their
latest cd offering, Four Pounds a Day, Liam and Mickey have returned to performing as a
duo, concentrating on original compositions as well as traditional and contemporary folk