Prescott Park presents The Wailin' Jennys

Prescott Park Arts Festival and The River House Restaurant Concert Series Present The Wailin' Jennys


PORTSMOUTH, NH - On August 3 at 7pm, Canadian folk trio The Wailin' Jennys will perform at Prescott Park Arts Festival through The River House Restaurant Concert Series. This Juno Award-winning trio is back in the park by popular demand for the second year in a row. Those who love the group's intuitive and heart-stopping melodies can enjoy this show, as well as all Wednesday night concerts in Prescott Park, for a suggested donation of $8-$10.


Their name is a pun on famous country singer Waylon Jennings, yet the group has earned a singular fame of its own. Comprised of soprano Ruth Moody, mezzo Nicky Mehta, and alto Heather Masse, the trio has released eleven albums and toured both North America and Europe. They are known for not only their award-winning recordings, but their acclaimed collaborations with artists such as Elvis Costello and Sheryl Crow, as well as their dynamic live performances. The Wailin' Jennys are considered one of today's most beloved international folk acts.


Hailing from Canada, original members Moody and Mehta founded The Wailin' Jennys in a little guitar shop in Winnipeg, Manitoba. Since then, they have been joined by New York-based Mainer Heather Masse. Together, their three distinct voices create a musical style combining jazz, blues, folk, and roots. The Jennys new album, "Bright Morning Stars," was recorded in the fall of 2009, in a cottage near Ontario. "It's wonderful to finally have 'Bright Morning Stars' out in the world," Moody noted, when first premiering the album this February.


"We're excited to bring the Jennys back this year, both by popular demand, as it will be the last chance to catch them before they go on hiatus from touring for awhile." says Ben Anderson, Executive Director of Prescott Park Arts Festival. "With an exciting new repertoire, this year's concert promises to be even more exceptional than last year."


Music enthusiasts throughout New England have made Prescott Park a summer travel destination for years, not just to see acclaimed performers but to enjoy late evening sunsets shimmering on Picataqua River. The Wailin' Jennys are the perfect pairing with this must-visit concert location.

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. The 37th season will feature 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 music and 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 experiences with live performance. 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 to serve the community through a diverse array of quality arts events accessible to all.

All concerts offered at the Prescott Park Arts Festival are presented for a suggested donation of $8 - $10.
For more information on the festival, or to see a full schedule of events, visit or call 603-436-2848.