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Jonathan Edwards, Michael Martin Murphy at Mauch Chunk Opera House together

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Published October 18. 2012 05:01PM

Two long-time, accomplished musicians will be making a special appearance Friday night at the Mauch Chunk Opera House in Jim Thorpe.

Jonathan Edwards, who had the classic hit "Sunshine," and Michael Martin Murphy, best known for the hit "What's Forever For," will be on the local stage for a concert starting at 8:30 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door.

The concert is unique in that Edwards and Murphy will be sharing the stage at the same time - along with a musician, performing acoustically.

In a telephone interview with Edwards, he said this is the fifth date of a joint tour by the two performers and people are loving it.

"It's a once in a lifetime opportunity to see two characters interacting ideals - our love of music, our love of poetry, our love of performing."

Edwards said although he and Murphy blend so well on stage, there are some contrasts. "He's a Westerner, I'm an Easterner; I've never been on a horse, he's never been on a boat," said Edwards, who added, actually I have been on a horse.

Edwards grew up in suburban Washington D.C. His music career began in 1966.

He said the highlight of his career has been getting to perform with his musical heroes like Emmy Lou Harris, James Taylor, Jimmy Buffet, the Allman Brothers, and BB King.

He has a new album coming out soon, and he will be doing some new songs on his show tomorrow night. But he assures people will still hear such staples as "Sunshine," "Shanty," and "Michele."

At the end of the performance, those who attend the concert will be able to meet Edwards.

Murphy has received many awards for his musical accomplishments.

The award for which he is most honored is the "Golden Smokey Award," given to him by the Department of Interior for his tireless work in conservation and wildlands fire awareness.

Murphey penned "Wildfire" and "Carolina in the Pines" and is a Grammy nominee with a voice as clear and sweet as ever.

Dan Hugos of JTAMs Productions, which is hosting the concert, said he feels this is one of the largest events of the year at the Opera House.

Tickets are $32.

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