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RealTracks Artist Bio: Trevor Hutchinson

Trevor Hutchinson is credited with redefining Irish music by bringing out its rhythms with his distinctive playing on the upright bass. Originally from Cookstown, County Tyrone,in Northern Ireland, Trevor played bass with the Waterboys from 1986 to 1991. This band brought a "modern Rock" style to its recordings of traditional Irish folk music. Trevor played on the Waterboys CD releases "Fisherman's Blues" (1988) and "Room to Roam" (1990), the latter featuring accordion player Sharon Shannon.

After leaving The Waterboys, Hutchinson joined the Sharon Shannon Band, recording three albums in a more straightforward traditional vein: 1991's "Sharon Shannon," 1994's "Out the Gap," and 1997's "Each Little Thing."

A Scandinavian tour with Seán Smyth and Donogh Hennessy in 1996 led to the founding of Lunasa, which has since earned the title of "Ireland's Supergroup" for its unsurpassed musicianship and for defining the state-of-the-art in Irish music. The group continues to tour the world and release its own CDs, while Trevor Hutchinson is also a much-in-demand musician who has recorded with Moving Cloud, Natalie Merchant, Dermot Byrne, Eric Bibb, Máire Breatnach, and Eileen Ivers of Riverdance fame.

As well as playing double bass, fretless bass, electric bass, bouzouki, mandola, and cello, Trevor is an arranger, composer, recording engineer and producer with his own studio in Dublin. A complete list of the artists he has worked with on stage and in the studio would also include (in no particular order) Bumblebees, Carlos Nunez, Cathal McConnell, Dale Ann Bradley, De Danann, Dermot Byrne, Eoin Dillon, The Frames, Frank Harte, Frankie Lane, Gerry O'Beirne, Gerry O'Connor, Grada, Joe McKenna, John Renbourn, Julie Fowlis, Luka Bloom, Máire Breatnach, Mary Staunton, Matt Keating, Miriam Ingram, Niamh Parsons, Padraic MacMathuna, Sarah McQuaid, Susan McKeown, and Ten Speed Racer.

For more information about Trevor Hutchinson, visit the Lunasa web site at

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