PORTLAND — Warm as summer sunshine, real as the truth, intimate as a long overdue visit between old friends … such is a Jonathan Edwards concert. At 8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 24, Edwards will perform at One Longfellow Square. Four decades into a stellar career of uncompromising musical integrity, the man simply delivers, night after night — songs of passion, songs of insight, songs of humor, all rendered in that pure and powerful tenor which, like fine wine, has only grown sweeter with age.

The FM radio audience knows him well for his ever-present hits, “Sunshine,” and “Shanty,” but he is one veteran performer who is neither grizzled nor nostalgic. These days Edwards, a vital and relevant artist in today’s folk and Americana scenes, is much more likely to be found looking forward rather than back. Still, the journey that has brought him to towns and theaters all over the globe is well worth revisiting.

One Longellow Square is at 181 State Street. For more information or tickets, call 207-761-1757, email [email protected] or visit www.onelongfellowsquare.com.

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