Solas, The Makem Brothers at Prescott Park!

Celtic Band Solas and The Makem Brothers and more performing Prescott Arts Festival next Saturday

PORTSMOUTH, N.H. -Prescott Park Arts Festival will present Celtic band Solas, The Makem Brothers, The Molenes, and the Porch Rockers as one of their festivals on Saturday, August 15, 2009. The festival will be held in Prescott Park, Portsmouth, and start at Noon. Solas is loudly proclaimed as the most popular, influential, and exciting Celtic bands on the music scene today.

Solas is hailed by the LA Times as "the best Irish traditional band in the world" and the Boston Herald as having "startling instrumental and vocal firepower". Solas stepped onto the world stage in 1996, when Irish music was poised at the brink of a new era of innovation and popularity. They blend deeply rooted Irish traditional music with playful inventiveness and extraordinary virtuosity.

Solas, which means "light" in Gaelic, includes All-Ireland fiddle champion Winifred Horan, Mick McAuley (accordion and concertina), vocalist Deirdre Scanlon, guitarist Eamon McElholm, and multi-instrumentalist Seamus Egan (flutes, whistles, mandolin, tenor banjo, guitar, bodhran). Seamus holds the All-Ireland Champion title on four of his six instruments. Lead vocalist Deirdre Scanlon, a native of County Tipperary, sings in both Gaelic and English.

"Simply put, Solas is legendary. You can't find a better evening of traditional Irish music than one with this group." exclaims the festival's Executive Director, Ben Anderson. "We're all in for a real treat."

Also being featured at the festival are The Makem Brothers. Not in the past 30 years has a group taken the international stage with such a vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their Irish folk music genre, while standing out as something truly unique. A host of various instruments and five male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies blend perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound.

The Makem Brothers continue the lineage of one of Irish music's dynasties, begun by their grandmother Sarah Makem and her vast store of traditional Irish songs. Their father, Tommy Makem, now considered an icon, helped bring Irish music out of the corner and into the international spotlight, where it has remained ever since.

Also performing are The Molenes who forge hard-twang melodies and driving steam-train rhythms into compelling songs that have been firing up the stages of the Northeast's burgeoning Americana/Alt-Country scene since the band's inception in 2005. Evoking the burnished lyricism of Son Volt, the organic atmospherics of Wilco, and the rootsy swagger of Steve Earle, The Molenes'second album, Songs of Sin and Redemption Redemption, takes the listener on a tour through both the dark and light sides of the American experience, a jaunt through the heartland-both figurative and geographical-that's in turns jolting and unsettling, inspiring and uplifting.
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.

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.