An Evening of Music and Poetry with Al Schackman & Friends
About the Artists
Tony Kendrew moved to Martha’s Vineyard earlier this year from Northern California. Though he is strongly influenced by the poets of his ancestry, England and Wales, most of his subject matter is the American landscape and experience. Music has always been a huge part of his life and he is fascinated by the interface of words and music – so leaps at the opportunity to perform with guitarist Al Schackman. He had a collection of poems, Feathers Scattered in the Wind, published by Iconau in 2014, and has recorded two CDs of poems, Beasts and Beloveds and Turning.
Nick Branch. In the Bard tradition, Nick Branch has been bringing his eclectic blend of music to the Island since the mid 70’s. He was a regular fixture at the legendary Seaview entertaining the Vineyard crowds with his many bands: Zanzibar, New Shoes, The Prime Rib Band, and The Filthy Rich.
While residing in NYC, he wrote and performed music for film, TV, and off- Broadway. Nick has written and produced six CDs of original music and continues to share his passion for the craft with fellow musicians from the Gulf of Mexico to Martha’s Vineyard or wherever his feet may land. Since meeting Al Schackman 7 years ago, they have enjoyed playing and recording together with a future project in the works…
Al Schackman, longtime Martha’s Vineyard resident, was the guitarist and musical director for the legendary Nina Simone from 1957 until her death in 2003. In addition to his work with Simone, Schackman was lead guitarist for Harry Belafonte from 1963 to 1970 and was “first call” studio guitarist for Atlantic and Columbia Records. In addition to recording with Simone, Schackman also appeared on the Olatunji classic “Drums of Passion” album and recordings by the Isley Brothers, Miriam Makeba, The Drifters, Benny King, and Solomon Burke, among others.
Al can be in seen in the Oscar nominated Netflix feature documentary “ What Happened Miss Simone,” and can be heard on the Nick Branch CD “Dixie Depot.”
This event is free and open to the public.