Emmet “That Irish Guy” Mc Elhinney
Born into a musical family in Omagh, County Tyrone in
1974 “That Irish Guy” has been steeped in folk music
from a very early age. His great uncle, Tommy
Makem,of Makem and Clancy brothers fame, was a
huge influence on his chosen path into folk music.
It was in his thirties he decided to emigrate to America
and Phoenix, Arizona in particular. It was there he
found a niche market for authentic Irish folk songs and
recorded his album “Live on the Row” at the infamous
O'Connors pub. Needing a change of scenery he moved
his family to the pacific northwest and settled in
Lacey, just outside of Olympia.
He is hoping to record a studio album of original and
folk favorites in the very near future. His songwriting
influences range from his Uncle Tommy Makem to
American folk luminaries such as Guy Clark, John Prine
and Townes Van Zandt of whos songs he regularly
includes in his set list.