Prescott Park - Judy Collins at Prescott Park August 4th


PORTSMOUTH, NH - Prescott Park Arts Festival will present legendary singer/songwriter  JUDY COLLINS on the FairPoint Communications MainStage on Wednesday, August 4th at 7:00pm, as part of the River House Concert Series.   

With an impressive career that has spanned more than forty years and thrilled audiences worldwide with her unique blend of interpretative folksongs and contemporary themes, Collins has become a legend in the music world.  As a child studying classical music, Collins emerged as a piano prodigy under the tutelage of Antonia Brico, and made her debut onstage at the age of 13.  However, it was the influence of folk giants such as Woody Guthrie and Pete Seeger that fully captured Collins, and sparked her love of songwriting.  In 1961, Judy Collins released her first album, A Maid of Constant Sorrow, at the age of 22 and began a thirty-five year association with Jac Holzman and Elektra Records. Collins is noted for her rendition of Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now (since entered into the Grammy's Hall of Fame) on her 1967 album, Wildflowers, and was awarded the Grammy Award Song of the Year” for her 1975 version of Send in the Clowns.  With an eclectic blend of folk, pop, rock and roll and show tunes in her repertoire, and countless collaborations with fellow legends in the music business, Collins reaches audiences far and wide with her dynamic vocals, songwriting and persona.

In addition to her career in music, Collins recently released her second memoir, Sanity and Grace, A Journey of Suicide, Survival and Strength, which details the death of Collins’ only son, and aims to reach out to those similarly affected by tragedy.  Collins’ first memoir, Trust Your Heart, was released in 1987, and she also authored a novel, Shameless.  Collins is also active in various awareness campaigns, serving as a representative for UNICEF, campaigning for landmine awareness.  In addition, Collins has become a vocal advocate for suicide prevention.

This concert is offered with no tickets or fixed admission price; there is a suggested donation of $5-8 per person.  Attendees are encouraged to bring blankets and chairs for seating on the lawn.  Lawn chairs are available for rent on site on a first come, first served basis.  Boxed lunches from The Common Man are available and can be ordered by visiting, or by calling 603-436-2848.

Since 1974, Prescott Park Arts Festival has successfully reached over 3.5 million people through more than 10,000 music, theater, dance and art productions offered at no fixed admission on the banks of the Piscataqua River.  The 36th season will feature the presentation of Peter Pan as the festival’s signature musical production, as well as a variety of international artists as part of the River House Restaurant Concert Series and various music festivals.

Located on 3.5 acres in beautiful downtown Portsmouth, Prescott Park Arts Festival is considered to be a gem of the Seacoast and introduces many residents to their first experience with a live performance.  For the entire season schedule or to become a Member or Sponsor, please visit our website at or call 603-436-2848.