John Prine with Sarah Jarosz and Chris Trapper
“one of America’s best singer/songwriters” – New York Times
Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival
23 singer songwriters - Legends, Stars, & Up-And-Comers - in a packed festival weekend. Concerts, Round Robin, parties, panels, rock poets & raconteurs in two venues. Click here to see all the shows in the Festival!
9pm - One of the most influential songwriters of his generation and one of Bob Dylan’s favorite writers, this Grammy Award winner (Best Contemporary Folk album) is best known for penning Bonnie Raitt’s hit, Angel from Montgomery, and other signature tunes, Illegal Smile, Sam Stone, Paradise, Hello in There and his personal favorite, Far From Me. A recent tribute album of his songs featured members of the modern folk revival including The Avett Brothers, Old Crow Medicine Show and Justin Townes Earle.
8:15pm - Sarah Jarosz has as rich a skill set as anybody in acoustic music. She plays—not just one instrument, but enough of them to be a one-woman string band: mandolin, octave mandolin, clawhammer banjo and guitar. She sings—in supple tones that transcend the boundaries between folk and pop - and she writes—old-timey ballads and modern singer-songwriter ruminations alike.
7:30pm - Boston based artist, Chris Trapper began his career as the front man for late-90’s alternative rock band THE PUSH STARS. A respected songwriter of the highest caliber, Chris has written songs with/for Canadian band GREAT BIG SEA, including their #1 single “Sea Of No Cares” from the certified-platinum Sea Of No Cares album. His music can best be described as lyrically driven roots-pop with a knack for telling everyday stories filled with extra-ordinary characters. Chris’s on–stage persona is warm and inclusive, his organic understanding of classic pop melody infectious.