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Ronan Tynan, The Irish Tenor, In Wolfeboro, NH, Aug. 7, 2015 Was But TOWERING Virtuosity!

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>> Glenn Miller Orchestra.
>> Jonathan Edwards & Marina Evans.
>> “Best of Broadway”.
>> BS&T.
>> John Gorka & Cliff Eberhardt.
>> “Devonsquare”
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>> “Aztec, Two-Step”.
>> “Yellow Brick Road”
— Brilliant!

>> Gordon Lightfoot Concert

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His voice SOARED. It, at times, was primeval. It had the intensity of a lion. You could feel the Viking blood that imbued the Irish centuries ago. Our dear friend, Dianne Monahan, an accomplished singer in her own right (with ‘Clearlakes Chorale‘ for one), who knows her music and her English, called his voice ‘strident’. It sure was that. I loved it. I got to sit in the front row. His high notes make my body tingle. It was sublime. Yes, I know that there were a lot of complaints during the intermission that his voice, amplified, was too loud! Some claimed that the amplification caused it to break up and I heard the word ‘saturated’ being used. I cannot attest to any of that. Sitting in the front row I might have missed the worst of the amplification because of the way the speakers are positioned. I thought he was GREAT — in every way and in every sphere. Not the cat’s whiskers, but definitely a lion’s whiskers.

Yes, I am a sucker for any and all Celtic music and this was, indubitably, a class act. I was familiar with about 70% of his repertoire (done by others) and Ronan, to his credit, let me savor them in a different light. He is quite the entertainer. It is basically two shows in one — actually THREE shows in one because his piano accompanist, Billy (‘William’) Lewis is a magical, vastly gifted musician, worthy of being classed ‘peerless’. So it was Ronan Tynan of the blessed voice, Ronan Tynan the stand-up comedian & Billy Lewis the musical maestro. I would pay and go and listen to Billy on his own. I will have to look him up. Got to interact with him fleetingly before the show and I was struck by his humility. Such a nice guy.

I knew nada about Ronan prior to the show — and I missed, because I was supposed to be doing ‘security’ (which is kind of an oxymoron), his introduction. I noticed he limped and that he made a lot of jokes about his legs. It was only during the intermission that I learned that he is a double amputee, a bona fide orthopedic surgeon and the holder of numerous Paralympic records. An author too! He is quite the guy. Read up about him. He is inspirational. Start here on Wikipedia.

I relished every second of this unforgettable concert. Yes, it has been one great show after another — every week — all Summer BUT this was, nonetheless, still special, spectacular and scintillating. I am going to follow his music more.

People who complain that live concerts are loud kind of bug me. Concerts are supposed to be LOUD. If you like to modulate the volume stay at home and listen to your iPod. I love the vibration of loud concert music. When Matthew (now 23) was young he would drag me by my hand to stand in front of the huge 10′ monitors that ‘Seven Nations‘ would use in their incredible concerts — Loon Highland Games and in other places. The power of the sound waves coming out of those speakers made your teeth rattle. Now that was loud and we loved it. Yes, I have been going to loud concerts, with glee, since I was a teenager. And, oh yes, my ears must be shot, but jeez why come to a concert and talk about wearing ear plugs! I am sure Ronan probably has some choice words for people like that.

Two small gripes. I, knowing the Irish better than most, kind of thought that some of his ‘gushings’ were a tad too patronizing and as such, came across to a professional cynic as I, as being slightly ‘over the top’ (and I don’t want say more than that). Now, reading about him, I see that he has been blackballed for a supposed politically incorrect remark — and that would explain some of his cracks about Trump. That anybody would blackball this guy for remark like that is sad and bad. But I don’t think he needs to bend over backwards, as much as he does, to make up for being Irish to the core. The other thing that bothered me was his slight girth. He is a doctor. And yes, I gather you need some bulk to be able to have a voice like that — but he, to my untrained eyes, did not look a picture of health. That is sad. He loves his red wine and apple strudel. I can empathize. I love my red wine and apple ‘anything’ too — but not having been lucky enough to have been born Irish I am able to exercise something called moderation. And lets face it, it was the 2nd most famous Irishman, next to Ronan, Oscar Wilde, who said (and I am paraphrasing here): “I have terrific will power. I can resist anything but temptation”. I guess that must be Ronan’s thinking too. I am going to stop now. Moving into Oscar territory at this juncture might not be the best move for any of us. Moderation in all things — bar two (which is my motto).






“Glenn Miller Orchestra”, For “Great Waters”, Captivated Wolfeboro, NH, On July 31, 2015.

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>> Jonathan Edwards & Marina Evans.
>> “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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Well, well, well. They made a believer out of me, and a few weeks away from my 62nd birthday, I, thanks to the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra“, suddenly find myself willing to believe that I might possibly like ‘Big Band’. Wow. That took some doing and that alone is testament to how good, compelling and even mildly titillating they were. Yes, there were ladies older than me going ‘ga ga’ like blushing teenagers over very suave band leader (and Director of Music) Nick Hilscher and I can’t even tell you the words used by one of the photographers present to describe what he thought of the female vocalist, Natalie Angst (and he expressed no angst in what he said). Though I did not get to meet them, and I really did want to, I gather there were close to 25 Word War II veterans who attended — gratis, since this performance was going to be free for any and all Word War II veterans. That alone was neat. WW II ended 70 years ago. So to be a WW II vet you have to be around 88 and older. The last WW II vet I knew personally, my very neat neighbor Milt Cram (who inspired me to buy a few shares of Apple in 2007 (pre-split) for around $3), has now been gone 8 years. Don’t think I know any others.

Growing up in Britain as I did you can’t escape Big Band and in particular Glenn Miller. But Big Band had never done much for me — until last night and the “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra”. Yes, of course, I know all the timeless hits and like all good Brits tear up each and every time I hear “Bluebirds Over the White Cliffs of Dover” — and as somebody who used the ferries in/out of Dover on quite a regular basis, the White Cliffs are very real and poignant to me. Their rendition of the “Bluebirds” last night was UP THERE was EXQUISITE! Dare I even say it because this might be considered sacrilegious, but I like their rendition even better than Vera Lynn’s classic. I hope I am not going to be getting a letter from the Foreign Office saying that they have withdrawn my cherished British Citizenship for saying that. That could be beyond embarrassing. I would have to seek asylum (in every sense of the word) since that is the ONLY citizenship I have. But, I have to say that. I know that Vera wouldn’t mind. I wonder whether the lovely Natalie has ever heard of Vera?

It was quite the night. Kingswood Art Center was nearly packed. Some 600+ people I gather. And from what I heard they loved it. Right at the end an elderly couple, and they had to be past 70, got up and slowly and softly danced in the aisle. Wow. It was so touching. And I heard that from one of the ushers. How you could feel the audience’s connection with the music and the ‘band’. All very good. Great bunch of guys and Natalie was very sweet. The band members, despite their unmistakable talent — and the fact that they do about 300 shows a year — are very unassuming, carry their own ‘kit’ and set it up (and take it down) without any fuss or requests of assistance. Wow. I was impressed — and we did help out. It was fun.

For the ONLY time in my now 2 years of volunteering for Great Waters I took a book with me, inside my camera bag, because I thought I would end up being bored — and as a stagehand I needed to stay till the end. How wrong I was. Book never came out. The “World Famous Glenn Miller Orchestra” had me captivated and if they managed to do that, those that came to see them must have had an absolute TREAT. I wonder how many people knew that it was ‘National Orgasm Day‘! And it was.





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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.


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