2012 Prescott Park Arts Festival Americana Festival Lineup
It's always nice when Slaid Cleaves returns back to his stomping grounds...
Slaid grew up in Maine. Lives in Texas. Writes songs. Makes records. Travels around. Let's welcome him home warmly when his travels bring him to Prescott Park.
"I'm glad I found Slaid Cleaves, because my life would have been poorer without him. You'll feel the same, I think, when you listen to this beautifully crafted album ("Everything You Love Will be Taken Away..."). Listen, go to one of Slaid's shows, take a friend, and pass on the news: not all the good guys wear hats." (Stephen King)
Makem & Spain Brothers
Every generation has a few acts that define where a musical genre is going, performers so confident in their chosen field that they are able to completely embrace the genre and yet introduce something new to it. In Irish folk music today, that act is the Makem and Spain Brothers.
Not in the past 30 years has a group taken the international stage with such vocal power and stage presence, capturing the essence of their genre, while standing out as something truly unique. A host of various instruments and five male vocals, using precise three-part harmonies blend perfectly for what many have described as a wall of sound. The Makem and Spain Brothers are at their best onstage where their talent and enthusiasm draw in fans who have never experienced the joy of folk music.
Hanneke Cassel Trio
"Exuberant and rhythmic, somehow both wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness," (Boston Globe). Such charismatic fiddling has brought the native Oregonian many honors and awards. She is the 1997 U.S. National Scottish Fiddle Champion, as well as the 2008 USA Songwriting Contest 1st place winner in the instrumental category! This trio is an incendiary fiddle led storm that will completely take your breath away...
A local favorite who we're lucky to have as a part of our musical community, "Dan Walker is quite simply one of the finest singer/songwriters on the Seacoast.He's got a voice that belongs smack-dab in the middle of popular radio's programming. A furious picker and relentless strummer with a knack of turning the body of his acoustic guitar into a glorified hand-drum, Walker is the real deal," (Spotlight Magazine).
If you haven't checked him out yet, make it a point to do so as part of the PPAF Americana Fest. You'll become a fast fan.