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Meg Hutchinson to perform Sept. 21 in New York Mills

Meg Hutchinson will perform Sept. 21 at the Cultural Center in New York Miills. SUBMITTED PHOTO

The first concert of the 2013-14 season at the New York Mills Regional Cultural Center will bring a new kind of music to its stage with a performance by Meg Hutchinson.

The concert is slated for Saturday, Sept. 21 at 7:30 p.m.

Since the release of her Red House Records debut “Come Up Full” in 2008, Meg has won high praise for her songwriting and has been featured nationally on NPR Music, XM/Sirius Radio and several times on 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 her childhood muses, as were songwriters like Greg Brown and Joni Mitchell, and poets like Mary Oliver, William Stafford, and Robert Frost.

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,” she says.

“This is what I can’t help but do.”

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, coffeehouses and train stations, she won a Kerrville New Folk Award (2000) and was nominated for a Boston Music Award for her first studio album, “Against the Grey.”

She went on to win awards at the Rocky Mountain Folks Fest, the Telluride Troubadour Songwriter’s Showcase in Colorado and The Chris Austin Songwriting Contest at Merlefest in North Carolina, all in the course of a year.

Hutchinson’s latest album, “Beyond That,” will be released Sept. 24 on Red House Records.

Tickets for her Sept. 21 concert in New York Mills are $12 in advance, $15 day of show, and can be purchased at the Cultural Center’s box office, 24 Main Ave. N., New  York Mills, or by calling 218-385-3339.

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