NHFF Community Partner, The Music Hall, Presents the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival April 17-21, 2013 | New Hampshire Film Festival Skip to content

NHFF Community Partner, The Music Hall, Presents the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival April 17-21, 2013

The New Hampshire Film Festival is proud to announce their continued partnership with The Music Hall and its sister venue The Music Hall Loft for the 13th annual festival October 17-20.  In addition to being two of the NHFF screening venues every autumn, these two venues host a myriad of incredible events throughout the year. NHFF is thrilled to move forward in this cooperative with an organization so dedicated to the arts and committed to bringing the best in international entertainment to the Seacoast.

One of the many events The Music Hall is presenting this spring is the return of the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival taking place Wednesday – Sunday, April 17-21, 2013.

This will be a celebration of singer songwriters —Legends, Stars, & Up-And-Comers— in a packed 5-day festival, including Round robins, parties, panels, rock poets, & raconteurs!


John Prine

Aimee Mann, Sharon Van Etten,

Dirty Projectors

rock poet Paul Muldoon, photojournalist Joe Stevens


Chris Trapper, Sara Jarosz 


Ben Baldwin Trio, Guy Capecelatro III, Peter Squires, Mara Flynn, Portsmouth Music and Arts Center (PMAC)

Festival Sponsor: Martingale Wharf

Media Partner: 92.5 The River

  Passes are not available online.

Individual tickets on sale NOW!

Expanding its focus to five days this year, the festival covers a spectrum of acts under the banner of Legends, Stars + Up-and-Comers—and adds new dimensions this year with a storied rock & roll photojournalist and Pulitzer Prize-winning rock poet.  Sponsored by Martingale Wharf with media partner, 92.5 The River, a fabulous festival lineup includes round robins, parties, panels, rock poets, and raconteurs, with new events added every day. It kicks off with poet Paul Muldoon on Wednesday night, followed by a teen and youth round robin on Thursday night; the Dirty Projectors on Friday night; an Innovation + Leadership Forum on eco-touring and Joe Stevens rock photography presentation on Saturday followed by John Prine with openers Sarah Jarosz and Chris Trapper Saturday night; and finally a Seacoast singer songwriter round robin on Sunday followed by a double bill with Aimee Mann and Sharon Van Etten Sunday night!

Says Patricia Lynch, Executive Director of The Music Hall and PSSF co-producer: “The second year of the Portsmouth Singer Songwriter Festival has expanded! This celebration of originality and creativity is so suited to the vibe of Portsmouth. The parties for pass holders promise to sparkle, and the mix of locals and legends makes for a rich medley. We are so enthusiastic about the promise of this festival for Portsmouth and we welcome our partners, our artists, and most especially our pass holders and audiences. Your support is critical to our shared success.”

Thérèse LaGamma, Deputy Director of Programming and PSSF co-producer adds, “The number of artists that wanted to be involved this year has been staggering! I am excited by the mix of emerging and established artists. The Dirty Projectors and Sharon Van Etten have been on my radar for some time. Both Aimee Mann and Sharon are fans of each others’ music so to have the chance to bring them together is a thrill. REVERB is a company based in Portland that helps artists in building tours that are sustainable. Joe Stevens has managed to capture many exciting moments in music history on camera. I’ve enjoyed this opportunity to co-produce this year’s festival!”

For more information on the schedule, artists, and events, or to purchase tickets please visit: http://www.themusichall.org/calendar/program/portsmouth_singer_songwriter_festival


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