Jonathan Edwards at Prescott Park!

Legendary Singer/Songwriter Jonathan Edwards to Perform Prescott Park Arts Festival Songs "Sunshine" and "Shanty"

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival continues its River House Restaurant Concert Series in Prescott Park at 7pm on August 12 with the legendary singer/songwriter Jonathan Edwards.

Held each Wednesday evening in Prescott Park, the River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the festival's summer offerings and has featured such acts as Richie Havens and Tom Rush this season.

The word "legend" is often used to describe veteran folk singer Jonathan Edwards, whose 1971 million-selling song "Sunshine" brought him instant fame. He has acquired an enviable track record, one of skill and grace in the sometimes brutal world of the music business. He started out opening for such acts like the Allman Brothers Band and B.B. King. His career went on to include albums with Emmylou Harris, Jimmy Buffet, and Christine Lavin, a gig narrating the successful PBS travel series, Cruising America's Waterways, and a lead in the Broadway musical Pumpboys and Dinettes. He produced Cheryl Wheeler's Driving Home and Mrs. Pinocci's Guitar and wrote the musical score for the movie The Mouse.

Minnesota-born Jonathan Edwards is perhaps most famous for his notable hits like Shanty and Sunshine - a deceptively upbeat song that was in fact a protest against the Vietnam War. "It was just at the time of the Vietnam War and Nixon", Edwards recalls. "It was looking bad out there. That song meant a lot to a lot of people during that time - especially me." It started on a Boston radio station, and before long it hit the top five on the national charts, earning him his first gold record.

"Once you hear Jonathan Edwards' voice, you'll want to hear it again and again," explains Prescott Park's executive director Ben Anderson, "His rich, warm tenor has a distinctively unique and natural quality."

Like all of Prescott Park Arts Festival's events, the concert is offered at no-fixed admission and no tickets are required. A donation of $8 is suggested. Audience members are permitted to bring chairs, or rent those offered by the festival.

Held each Wednesday night in Prescott Park, the concert series experienced record attendance last summer, and once again features a wide array of International and Grammy Award winning artists. Other acts to be featured this summer include folk veteran Jonathan Edwards and Grammy Award-nominated Cajun band The Pine Leaf Boys and more.

The River House Restaurant Concert Series is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 35th season that also features the musical Grease Thursday to Sunday closing on August 23, 2009.

All events offered at the Prescott Park Arts Festival are presented free of charge with a suggested donation of $5 - $8 dollars.

Since 1996, the Arts Festival has consistently been named by Yankee magazine as a "must see" tourist attraction. Prescott Park Arts Festival is an independent non-profit organization with a mission of serving the community with a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.