Prescott Park presents NATALIE MacMASTER and more

Fiddle Sensation Natalie MacMaster Performs Prescott Park Arts Festival's 14th Annual Folk Festival on July 30.


PORTSMOUTH, NH - Starting at 5pm on Saturday, July 30, Prescott Park Arts Festival will present a toe-tapping lineup at their 14th annual Folk Festival. For a suggested donation of $8-$10, fiddle master Natalie MacMaster, along with Americana-style singer-songwriter Eilen Jewell, blues performers C.J. Chenier & the Red Hot Louisiana Band, singer-songwriter Christine Lavin, and Portland-based folk-rock group Gypsy Tailwind, will entertain fans against the scenic backdrop of the Piscataqua River.


With a reputation as one of Canada's most captivating performers, Natalie MacMaster is an award-winning fiddler from Cape Breton, Nova Scotia. Her signature sound has resonated with world audiences as one of Canada's major talents through 10 albums; multiple gold sales; numerous Juno and East Coast Music Awards; two honorary degrees and an honorary doctorate; and the Order of Canada. She is known for both her solo performances and dynamic collaborations, including those with banjo prodigy, Bela Fleck, legendary cellist Yo-Yo Ma, fellow fiddling marvel Alison Krauss, singer Faith Hill, music legend Paul Simon, and superstar guitarist Carlos Santana.


"I'm particularly excited to present Natalie as part of the folk festival this year," described festival executive director, Ben Anderson, "Natalie hails from my native province and has done wonders bringing Cape Breton fiddling to audiences across the globe. That, and her performances are absolutely awe-inspiring."


In addition to MacMaster, the folk festival features an eclectic mix of performers who each bring unique sounds to the event. Eilen Jewell has distinguished herself as one of the rising stars of the new generation of roots musicians, with her rugged blends of Americana styles. C. J. Chenier & The Red Hot Louisiana Band's funky, danceable tunes entertained audience members young and old last year when they visited the Folk Fest and promise to do it again.


In addition, visitors to this year's Folk Fest can look forward to Christine Lavin, who charms audiences as much with her wit and humor as with her emotionally rich melodies. Finally, Gypsy Tailwind will return to the Prescott Park stage with their trendy folk, rock, and country combination-styles.


MacMaster is looking forward to visiting Prescott Park for this wonderful celebration of Folk music alongside fellow passionate musicians. "I guess culture and tradition never go out of style," MacMaster has said.


"To have these renowned Folk performers together is a real treat," says Ben Anderson, Executive Director of the Prescott Park Arts Festival. "I have a feeling I'll be dancing in the crowd myself!"


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 37th season will feature the presentation of The Wizard of Oz as the festival's signature musical production, the River House Restaurant Wednesday Night Concert Series, as well as a variety of food festivals including NH Fish and Lobster Festival and Chili Festival.


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, please visit our website at or call 603-436-2848.