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Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival

October 9, 2015
My Music Hall, My Community

Monte & Denise at Fill the Hall
Monte & Denise Wheeler look out over the 5 tons of food collected for the Seacoast Family Food Pantry at the Summer’s Fill the Hall Food Drive.
For me, one of the most rewarding parts of my job is seeing and getting to know the broad array of artists that we are fortunate enough to work with. Artists that are internationally renowned, local, regional, new, or new to me. With the addition of the Loft almost five years ago, we have been able to program even more local and regional talent. I am always excited to discover new music and meet the artists. My job puts me in a unique position to do that just about every week.

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April 3, 2015
From Alt-Rock Reunion to Soulful Folk: #PSSF15

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We are thrilled to be presenting an immensely talented lineup of artists for our fourth annual Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival April 16-18.

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April 16, 2014
Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival 2014 Recap

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April 15, 2013
Social on the Seacoast: Portsmouth Rocks April 17 - 21

Aimee Mann & Sharon Van Etten

I love catching the big name acts that come to the Music Hall—who wouldn’t swoon to Al Green? But I get even more jazzed about seeing emerging talent push musical boundaries—known to music critics and fans but new to me—like the infectious, high-energy band David Wax Museum, who played to a sold-out house at the Loft on Sunday April 7.

And, as a writer, I hate to miss any of the Writers on a New England Stage or Writers in the Loft events. It’s fascinating to get a privileged peek inside the heads of these authors, each with a singular voice and point of view.

So it goes without saying that I’m excited about the expanded lineup of the Portsmouth Singer-Songwriter festival this year, starting with the Pulitzer prize-winning poet Paul Muldoon with his book The Word on the Street: Rock Lyrics on Wednesday, April 17; and ending with a double bill of Aimee Mann and Sharon Van Etten on Sunday, April 21. (All appendages crossed that Aimee and Sharon will decide to sing a song or two together for us. . .)

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January 29, 2013
First Look at Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival

Check out the first look at the upcoming Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival (April 17 - 20).

Details and full schedule can be found here.

Follow us on Twitter: @MusicHall #PSSF13.

Fan us on Facebook: /MusicHall

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June 19, 2012
Tales From The Music Hall Stage—From The Farthest Forests to Billy Bragg

The Farthest Forests at Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival
By Peter Squires
On April 21st, my band, The Farthest Forests, was lucky enough to perform at The Music Hall. As local musicians, this was a distinct honor – how many of us ever get the chance to perform for hundreds of people in such a beautiful, historic setting? What’s more, we had the honor of meeting and sharing the stage with the fantastic Felice Brothers and the otherworldly O’Death, and as part of the first ever Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival, we get to say we shared a place in history with the legendary Merle Haggard and Roseanne Cash. We are extremely lucky to have been given the opportunity to play a part in such a momentous occasion.

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