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Meg Hutchinson to open fall concert season at NYMRCC

Recording artist Meg Hutchinson is opening the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center’s fall concert season. Submitted photo

Recording artist Meg Hutchinson will open the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center’s fall concert season this Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Since the release of her Red House Records debut, “Come Up Full” in 2008, Hutchinson has won high praise for her songwriting and has been featured nationally on NPR, XM/Sirius Radio and the syndicated show “Mountain Stage.” Publications like The Winnipeg Free Press have compared her songwriting with that of veterans Mary Chapin Carpenter and Joni Mitchell.

Growing up in the Berkshire Mountains of Western Massachusetts, the woods and rivers were Hutchinson’s childhood muses, as were songwriters and poets. When Hutchinson inherited her grandmother’s 1957 Martin guitar at age 11, her love of words found an inspiring instrument, and there was no turning back. “Songwriting is not something I chose, I’ve just somehow always known that this is what I love to do. This is what I can’t help but do,” she said.

After graduating from college with a degree in creative writing, Hutchinson quit her longtime job on an organic farm and settled in Boston. In between gigs at pubs, coffee houses and train stations, she won a Kerrville New Folk Award (2000) and was nominated for a Boston Music Award.

She went on to win many other awards, causing critics and audiences to take notice.

Over the last few years, Hutchinson has relearned the piano and established a home studio, giving her greater flexibility to explore new territory. She has also found a deep peace. Because of this, her newest songs are at once ecstatic and meditative. They are about coming home, about transforming desire, about how human love can open the heart for some greater purpose.

Tickets for her performance are available at the cultural center or by calling 385-3339.