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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 Span & Lindesfarne 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.