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Thread #148064   Message #3435221
Posted By: maeve
12-Nov-12 - 10:25 AM
Thread Name: Obit: Allan 'Mac' McHale
Subject: RE: Obit: Allen MacMcHale
Maine Hall of Fame:

"Allan F. McHale
Allan "Mac" McHale

Allan McHale, born and raised in Bangor, Maine, was influenced at an early age by the live country music of Gene Hooper, Hal Lone Pine and Smiling Bill Waters on WLBZ and WABI in Bangor. He start playing banjo at age 18.

From 1965 to 1968 he had a Hootenanny Show that toured Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. His group was called The Larkin Hill Singers. From 1969 to 1971 he played mandolin and sang tenor with the Nonesuch River Singers performing throughout New England.

In 1972 he joined the White Mountain Bluegrass Band in Portsmouth, New Hampshire playing mandolin and handling bookings and business affairs. He started the Northeast Winds band in 1978 which became New England's most popular traditional Irish music group. They recorded 5 albums, 2 videos and did many TV and PBS specials.

The Old Time Radio Gang was formed in 1987 and they still keep a busy schedule playing traditional American country music in grange halls, school halls and town halls. Allan is dedicated to the preservation and presentation of the old time country music.

When he is not on tour, Allan is busy running Kennebunk River Productions."