Prescott Park presents Lori McKenna, Red Molly and more

Americana Festival in Prescott Park

Catch Lori McKenna, Red Molly, and Mark Erelli Live in Portsmouth!


PORTSMOUTH, N.H. - As part of Prescott Park Arts Festival's 37th season, the Americana Festival will once again bring American roots music the park on Saturday, July 16 from 1pm0in.  This year's festival will feature performers Lori McKenna, Red Molly, Craig Werth, and Mark Erelli.


"The Americana genre was founded in the roots of American music and encompasses a wide range of sounds, including country, R&B, folk, and so on," explained Executive Director Ben Anderson. "Americana is the genre that encompasses those musicians who may not fit neatly into one category, but whose sound still captures the essence of many celebrated American music traditions. The musicians in our lineup offer just perfect blends, and we're thrilled to have them on our stage."


Lori McKenna grew up in a musical family, but didn't begin performing her own songs until the age of 27. However, once she began performing, her reputation as a dynamic songwriter spread quickly, and she was soon a staple of the Boston music scene.  Not long after that, she came to the attention of music giants Faith Hill, Alison Krauss, Carrie Underwood, and Keith Urban, who all recorded her songs. McKenna is known to be a master at chronicling the small, difficult moments within romantic relationships, beautifully capturing both the pain and beauty of ordinary domestic life, and her sixth album, Lorraine (2011), does just that.


Red Molly hails from the Northeast, yet their distinctive and lush three-part harmonies evoke notes of bluegrass, gospel, and folk.  Harmonizing for first time around a campfire at the Falcon Ridge Folk Festival, Red Molly came into being as a happy accident in 2004. Since then, they have become one of the fastest rising bands in the acoustic music scene. James (2010), their second studio release, peaked at #4 on the Americana Top 40 and was Folk DJ's #1 Album for two months in a row. 


Back by popular demand, Craig Werth takes the stage at Prescott Park, following a well-received appearance earlier this month. Werth is well-known for his collaborations with David Francey, having co-produced Francey's "Right of Passage," Juno's 2008 Best Album. Werth's instrumental talents for guitar, ukulele, banjo, bouzouki, mountain dulcimer, and shruti box, combine with diverse song topics, from dinosaurs to zucchinis, to create engaging musical experiences.


Mark Erelli is a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist with eight albums under his belt. His latest, Little Vigils (2010), prominently features Erelli's rekindled love of nature, after 10 years of touring from city to city.  Winner of the prestigious Kerrville New Folk contest, Erelli was discovered at the age of 23, in an impromptu jam session at a music conference. Erelli's prolific career intersected with Lori McKenna when he joined her band on Faith Hill and Tim McGraw's Soul2Soul tour in 2007. Since then, Erelli has gone on to release five more of his own albums and rack up an impressive list of accolades and praise.


The Americana Festival is part of the Prescott Park Arts Festival's 37th season, also featuring the musical The Wizard of Oz every Thursday through Sunday until August 21 and The River House Restaurant Concert Series every Wednesday night. Visit the park every Wednesday for a stellar line up, including Shawn Colvin, Greg Brown, The Taj Mahal Trio, and Arlo Guthrie.

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