Rosanne Cash to headline benefit for Gay Head Light

Rosanne Cash to headline benefit for Gay Head Light

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Rosanne Cash will perform on Martha's Vineyard on July 1. — Clay Patrick McBride

Popular singer-songwriter Rosanne Cash will appear on Martha’s Vineyard this summer in a benefit performance to help save the Gay Head Lighthouse. While details of the event are still being worked out, the concert is scheduled for July 1, at Flatbread Co.

The Save the Gay Head Lighthouse Committee was formed to raise funds to move the historic Gay Head Lighthouse, which is threatened by erosion of the nearby cliffs. “Ms. Cash was approached by members of the committee and is supportive of our worthy cause,” committee members wrote in a news release announcing the event. “Selectmen have signed a letter of intent with the management company, but logistics and ticket prices have not yet been finalized.”

Ms. Cash is currently performing a busy schedule of concerts in the United States and Europe, after releasing the highly acclaimed album “The River and the Thread” in January. The Grammy Award winning artist has recorded 13 albums, with 11 songs that reached the number one spot in country charts, but her music crosses pop, folk, rock, and blues genres.

The daughter of country music legend Johnny Cash, she was born in Memphis and has lived in New York City since 1991. She also has Massachusetts maritime roots. Some of her ancestors settled in Salem in the 17th century, and some were among prominent whaling families on Nantucket.

For more information about the fundraiser, visit


  1. Perhaps some of the Vineyard other noteworthy recording artists – need I mention any – could follow suit.

      1. There’s a wonderful website. Tends to really low ball the net worth, but it’s a nice exercise might be to punch in some of the Vineyard connected celebrities and see who could afford to simply write out a nice check and save the lighthouse.

  2. Looking forward to this – love Rosanne’s “The River and the Thread” album.