Jonathan Edwards brings “Sunshine” to Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard

Journeyman singer-songwriter Jonathan Edwards performs for Hospice at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs Thursday at 7 pm. — Photo courtesy of LCMedia

Jonathan Edwards has been singing and writing passionate songs for 40 years. He wrote and sang the 1971 hit anti-war song “Sunshine,” the first gold record for then-fledgling Capricorn Records.

He is one of a group of troubadours, singer-songwriters, from the 60s and 70s who are still at the top of their game. John Prine, Tom Rush, Bob Dylan, Willie Nelson come to mind. His voice is as clear and mellow as ever, and he will be performing on the Vineyard at the Tabernacle in Oak Bluffs on Thursday, Sept. 6. The show will benefit Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard.

In addition to performing his music, Mr. Edwards has acted in film and on Broadway, and he narrated and performed in a travel series that appeared on PBS called “Cruising America’s Waterways.”

Mr. Edwards has a new album, “My Love Will Keep,” his first in 14 years. The album was recorded in Portland, Maine, where he now lives. “This new album grew like a wildflower by the side of the road out of a deep desire to follow the music from the stage to the studio,” he said.

He will be singing songs from the album when he appears at the Tabernacle. If you can’t make it to the concert, do yourself a favor and get the album. It is an easy listening, beautiful combination of American roots, country, and folk with lyrics that are heartfelt and poignant.

Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard is a free, community-supported organization dedicated to one mission: “to meet the unique physical, emotional and spiritual needs of all who are facing advanced illness and loss, and to give them hope, comfort and compassion.”

Since its founding in 1981, Hospice of Martha’s Vineyard has provided care free of charge and without insurance reimbursement, enabling the organization to serve anyone in need with a life-limiting illness, regardless of treatment choices or prognosis.

Tickets for the show start at $20 and are available at Alley’s General Store, Conroy Apothecary in Oak Bluffs, aboveground Records in Edgartown, and the Campground Cottage Museum Shop in Oak Bluffs.

Music: Jonathan Edwards & Company, Thursday, Sept. 6, 7 pm, Tabernacle, Oak Bluffs. For more information, call 508-693-0189 or 781-775-8455.