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Jonathan Edwards Was Exhilarating & Marina Evans Mellifluous At Wolfeboro, NH, July 15, 2015 For “Great Waters”

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>> “Best of Broadway”.
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Jonathan Edwards absolutely galvanized a very appreciative crowd of around 230 folk, at Wolfeboro’s Anderson Hall, for ‘Great Waters‘, on Saturday, July 25, 2015. What an exceptional entertainer and performer — and he can sing too. He, at times, had me mesmerized and that takes some doing these days. I had heard, more than once, over the last 10 months, that ‘Jonathan Edwards’ was GOOD, v. good. Well he sure was. I felt very privileged to have been at this concert (and the fact that, as a stagehand, I got to interact with him and his delightful band on stage and backstage was an added bonus). I know that HE was the first act that “Great Waters” booked for 2015 — nearly a year ago. I gather he had played for them 5 years ago and had been a smash hit. Well he was a smash hit all over again. I am a fan. Gather he spent 10 years of his life, his ‘lost decade’, in the Caribbean before moving to Austin (which he did not realize was in Texas). He sure knows a lot of folks and the names he dropped were but a “who’s who” of the music scene over the last 40 years. Not 100% sure whether he actually played with Bob Marley but he implied he played a lot of Marley while he was in the “West Indies” (as we Brits like to call it). Well he did one Marley song. And this dude, with a white goatee, and mainly ‘light’ hair, from Maine (I gather), doing Marley gave me goose bumps! He is good. Did I already say that.

Man, have we lucked out with “Great Waters” this year. “Aztec, Two-Step“, when we still had 10′ of snow on the ground, was brilliant. “Devonsquare“, soon afterwards, with snow still on the ground”, was as good. Then we had the inimitable John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt. I was pretty sure that they could not be beat in 2015. I, yet again, was wrong and that bothers me none. Jonathan Edwards was a revelation. As with ALL of them, ‘Gorka’, ‘Cliff’, ‘Aztec’, I had never heard of him till “Great Waters”. I think that has to do with me being in Britain in the 1970s and half of 1980. My folk heroes were British: Steeleye SpanLindesfarne in the main — and I would go to multiple concerts, by each, every year.

And then we had a BONUS. Marina Evans from Massachusetts. She did an “Alison Krausseque” 30-minute opening gig for Jonathan (and Deanna and I have met Alison, in NH, in her PJs, and I kid you not). She is good. Very compelling and will make you tap your feet whether you want to or not. She was a revelation. I thought she came with Jonathan. Appears that that was not the case. It was the first time that they had met. So it would appear “Great Waters” arranged this inspired pairing. I am sure she will be back with “Great Waters”, with her own show, in the next few years. She definitely gathered quite a fan base at the concert. Her CDs were flying off the merchandise table.

So that was that. What a night. Jonathan, not heeding his wife’s ‘advice’ to keep it short, played for nearly two hours. So the concert didn’t finish till past 10pm. I would have been happy if he played for another 2 hours. He was that good. So we didn’t get away till about 11 pm though Jonathan’s band, to their credit, took care of all their equipment, and they had a fair amount.

Thank YOU, Mr. Edwards. Thank YOU, Marina (and I won’t call her Miss. Evans since I have a daughter older than her).




Jonathan’s extremely talented and fun band.


Jonathan sings barefoot and has a cute dog off stage.
His multifaceted drummer, who also plays guitar from behind the drums,
plays barefoot too — and MOREOVER plays a MARACA with his foot!
Given that I too get accused of having ‘monkey toes’ in that I can pickup
and use things with my toes, I found this very much to my liking.


“Blood, Sweat & Tears” Next Up For Great Waters, In Wolfeboro, N.H., Friday, July 10, 2015 — THE BIG ONE.

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Related posts:
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Click to access original “Blood, Sweat & Tears” preview post from November 2014.


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‘Recent’, i.e., Dec. 2014, performance by the latest reincarnation of BS&T — with Bo Bice doing the lead vocals. Click to access YouTube video.


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Click to ENLARGE. Current vs. Original members. No there are none of the originals in the band now. BS&T is a franchise. Bobby Colomby, one of the originals, OWNS the franchise.

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Click to ENLARGE. This, their very specific catering requirements for shows, appears on their (rather slipshod) Website under ‘Tour’. Thought you might enjoy it. Shame that they have never bothered to correct ‘etc.’. Big crew — 14. 9 band members (one more than the original).


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Bo Bice the current lead. Here is the Wikipedia link: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bo_Bice


This Friday, July 10, 2015 concert, at Kingswood, Wolfeboro, N.H. (the first at that venue this year), as I wrote about in November 2014, is THE BIG ONE — the star event — for Great Waters for this season.

It is, from what I can see, going to be BIG in all fronts. 9 members in the band. A crew of 4 to 5. It will be quite the set-up and tear-down. It should be fun.

Was never a big BS&T fan. But maybe they will win me over. Of course I will tell you about it after the show.

Hope you can make it.


John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt, For Great Waters, In Wolfeboro, N.H., On July 3, 2015, Were Outstanding.

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>> 4th of July 2015 concerts.
>> “Red Molly”.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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This, on a Friday, on the eve of the 4th of July, proved to be one heck of a concert. It was compellingly melodic. The music, with easy to follow lyrics, was extremely pleasing to the ear. Twangy and catchy. This was the 5th “Great Waters” concert of 2015 and we have been privileged to some fine music — but the guitar play by these two maestros, longtime friends, took the cake. I was very glad to be there to experience it and also have the chance to talk to these two extremely charming — and hugely talented — gentleman. I sometimes feel so lucky. And I found out, while chatting with Cliff Eberhardt that we had all lucked out. This is NOT a duo. They just get together for a week, in the Summer, and do joint concerts. And this was that week. So, in essence, we got two gifted musicians, each a solo artist in their own right, performing together. And it was good. They both have a tremendous sense of humor.

It was not a large crowd, the looming 4th probably having something to do with it. But most in the crowd knew these two and their music. That was good. They were both new to me BUT they now have a follower. It was a great way for us to kick off this long weekend. What a thrill. Thank YOU John. Thank YOU Cliff.


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‘Red Molly’, Female Trio, Next Up At ‘Great Waters’, At Wolfeboro, Anderson Hall, On Friday, June 26, 2015 — 7:30pm.

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Related posts:
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.
>> 2015
Season preview.

>> 2014 Volunteer Cruise

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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Two relatively ‘recent’ YouTube videos of “Red Molly“.
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Click to access the official “Great Waters” Website and buy tickets.


This is one of the 2015 “Great Waters” concerts that have been on our radar — though more than likely we will be at all of them (I already having helped out at the 3 that have taken place already).

I checked out all the groups as soon as I got the schedule. ‘Red Molly‘ sure sounded good.

I listened to two YouTubes (above) and some tracks on their Website. Yes, my time of music. Folk-rock. That they cover one of my favorite songs, “Homeward Bound“, was a bonus. 

And they have a Dobro player. I love the sound of a Dobro. Yes, that we are “lifelong” Alison Krauss (& Union Station) is a fact. Yes, we have even got to meet Alison (in her PJs) and the members of Union Station. Yes, we do have contacts.

Looking forward to this concert. See you there.


‘Devonsquare’, For ‘Great Waters’, At Wolfeboro, Anderson Hall, On June 5, 2015 Was Good, Probably Very Good.

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Related posts:
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.
>> 2015
Season preview.

>> 2014 Volunteer Cruise

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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They definitely were GOOD. They might even have been VERY GOOD. I was suffering from a terrible cold, the first one I have had in 4 years, and was not feeling well. So I really could not do them justice in terms of my appreciation. Plus I was not familiar with their work. They definitely have a following and some of their fans were there. They sure appreciated what they heard.

I will say this. They produced the most exquisite guitar notes I have heard in a long time. Very sumptuous and rich. Perky. Reminded me of the clarity and robustness of a really decent red wine. This was my 5th performance at Anderson Hall and it was the best sound quality I have heard there — by a long chalk.

That said I am not sure, and I could be wrong, that Anderson Hall was the best venue for their kind of music. For a ‘Trio’ (as they still call themselves) PLUS 1 they have a lot of sound equipment. So having the stage and full sound deck at the back helped BUT I think they are better suited for a more intimate setting. Lets face it, they are a folk group. I would have loved to have seen them at “Inn On Main“. That would have been a great venue for them and the relatively small audience we had. 

I would definitely like to see them again — when I am not ‘dying’. As ever VERY nice people. I got a chance to talk to two of them after the show, a long conversation with Robby Coffin. I had to ask him about his name. He was very nice about it. He has a nickname ‘Pine Box’. He is from Rockland, Maine — a place I am very familiar with given that Deanna is from Cushing, just down the road. Deanna did not make it to the show. She was volunteering at the Alton Central School (ACS) semi-formal dance that Devanee was attending. Mr. Coffin obviously knew Cushing and some people there. Denanna would have enjoyed talking to him.


‘Devonsquare’, From Maine, Folk-Rock Quartet + 1 With ‘Great Waters’, At Wolfeboro, Anderson Hall, This Friday.

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Related posts:
>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!
>> 2015
Great Waters Schedule.
>> Blood, Sweat & Tears.
>> 2015
Season preview.

>> 2014 Volunteer Cruise

>> Setup for ‘Festival Chorus’
>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

++++ Search on ‘Great Waters’ for many other related posts >>>>

++++ Search on ‘Wolfeboro‘ for many other related posts >>>>


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They used to be a Trio. But, Herb Ludwig, alas, died, during a heart operation. They had to REPLACE him with two: bass guitarist Teg Glendon and guitarist Robby Coffin (and I am NOT even going to crack a smile at that name and about him being the stand-in for somebody that died). So now there is 4 but it appears that often they have even MORE. So definitely NOT a trio.


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From 2 years ago from foggy Maine. I think there is 6 of them on stage. So that would be a double-trio in my reckoning. Click to access YouTube video.


They sound good. I plan to be there IF I can. Our calendar is crazy! 

Be there, or be square.

That is 1960s talk.