Jonathan Edwards – an American Folk Legend is gracing our presence again. We are happy to announce
Jonathan Edwards, the man behind the 1972 hit single “Sunshine” will be performing at the Courthouse Center for the Arts stage on April 22, 2017 at 8pm.
An artist who measures his success by his ability to attract and take good care of an audience for four decades, Jonathan maintains that it is the feedback he receives after his shows that keeps him going. “It is really gratifying to hear [someone say], ‘Your stuff has meant a lot to me over the years.'”
The “stuff” he’s referring to is a highly respected repertoire that includes such classics as “Honky Tonk Stardust Cowboy,” “Sometimes,” “One Day Closer,” “Don’t Cry Blue,” “Emma,” “Everybody Knows Her,” “Athens County,” and everyone’s favorite ode to putting a good buzz on, “Shanty.” And then, of course, there’s the anthemic “Sunshine (Go Away Today),” that fierce proclamation of protest and independence that resonated with thousands and thousands of frustrated and angry young men and women when it was first released in 1971. Almost 40 years later, at show after show, the song continues to be embraced by faithful followers and new fans alike.
Since 1971, Jonathan has released 16 albums, including Blue Ridge, his standard-setting collaboration with bluegrass favorites the Seldom Scene, and Little Hands, his collection of children’s songs, which was honored with a National Library Association award.
Tickets are available to purchase online. The Courthouse has ample on-site parking, a Full Service Bar and is handicapped accessible.
So excited to have him back and he’ll be with Tom Snow.
Pianist, bandleader, composer, and educator Thomas Snow is one of New England’s most versatile and sought-after musicians. A graduate of the New England Conservatory of Music (M.M. 2005) and the Berklee College of Music (B.M. 1991), Tom has studied with many fine pianists including Danilo Perez, Michael Cain, Jerry Bergonzi, Frank Glazer, and Chris Neville.
Tom has played with many musical luminaries including Harry Allen, Jeff Coffin, Dave Holland, Ken Peplowski, Greg Abate, Bruce Gertz, Larry Coryell, Nick Brignola, Phil Wilson, Mike Turk, Gray Sargent, John Lockwood, Dick Johnson, Herb Pomeroy, The John Allmark Jazz Orchestra, John MacNally, Gene McDaniels, Jonathan Edwards, and Les DeMerle. In addition to session work on dozens of albums & CDs, he also has five CDs as a leader: “Northern Standard Time” (1997), “Christmas at Mast Cove” (2001), “Some Other Time” (2007), “Friends” (2013) which features folk superstar Jonathan Edwards, and Tom’s newest CD, “Duke’s Diamonds: an Ellington Celebration” (2015). “Duke’s Diamonds” was recorded live at the Claremont Hotel in Southwest Harbor, ME on August 15, 2015 and features veteran saxophonist Ralph Norris and the incomparable Marshall Wood (bassist for Tony Bennett).
Tom has been active in the field of music education for thirty years. His experiences have spanned both public and private schools including four years as Music Director at the Jesuit college preparatory school Cheverus (Portland, ME) and as a part of the Music Faculty at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy (Exeter, NH). For thirteen years, Tom was Director of Jazz Studies for Bates College (Lewiston, ME). Currently, he is teaching improvisation, composition, and piano studies from his studio in Yarmouth, ME.
Tom’s performing career has included international tours spanning three continents. Performances have included tours of Australia and throughout the United States with noted Irish tenor John MacNally and long-term engagements at the Ritz Carlton Resort on Amelia Island, Florida, The Balsams Grand Resort, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines, and the Mount Washington Grand Resort. For the past seven years, Tom has toured as pianist, arranger, and Musical Director for folk legend Jonathan Edwards. Tom’s orchestral arrangements have been performed by orchestras throughout the United States including the Portland Symphony Orchestra, the Kingfield Pops, the Phoenix Symphony, and the Winston-Salem Symphony.