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Musician and Textile Artist Offer Free Performance this Friday Night

Elsa and Will Oldham
Elsa and Will Oldham 2018 Artist in Residence

Photo credit: Christian Hansen

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News Release Date: January 24, 2018

Contact: Jessica Ferracane, 808-985-6018

Hawaii National Park, HI – The park’s 2018 Artists in Residence will rock your world and leave you in stitches, literally!  Don’t miss this performance, happening Fri., Jan. 26 at 6 p.m. in the Kīlauea Visitor Center, for free (park entrance fees apply). 

Musician Will Oldham – who performs under the name Bonnie “Prince” Billy – and his wife, textile artist Elsa Hansen Oldham, will present a dual multimedia performance in the visitor center auditorium. Will Oldham will sing and play music while Elsa Hansen Oldham stitches on stage as her handiwork is projected on the auditorium’s movie screen.  

The non-profit National Parks Arts Foundation (NPAF) announced the selection of singer/songwriter Oldham, whose music is described as an alternative blend of country, folk and punk, and his wife, whose quilting and cross stitch work puts a folksy pop-art spin on history and modern culture. 

The couple lives in Louisville, KY and will reside in the park for a month. Oldham has performed since 1998 as Bonnie “Prince” Billy, and prior to that as Palace Brothers and Palace Music. His songs have been performed by Johnny Cash, Marianne Faithful and others. His new record, Best Troubadour, is a collection of Merle Haggard songs. Hansen Oldham’s textile art is displayed at the Dickinson Roundell Gallery in New York, and she was recently profiled in the New York Times. 

The project is supported by the Friends of Hawai‘i Volcanoes National Park, and other benefactors. The NPAF is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to the promotion of the national parks through creating dynamic opportunities for artwork based in the natural and historic heritage of America. All NPAF programs are made possible through the philanthropic support of donors. Visit for details. 

Last updated: January 29, 2018

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