Confessions of an Unlikely Folksinger

Tom May has been a folksinger/guitarist/songwriter and performer for nearly 50 years. With 14 albums of original material released, his touring has taken him to every state in the US, most Canadian provinces, and to Europe.

Now he has produced a musical memoir titled, “I Wouldn’t Count on It” – Confessions of an Unlikely Folksinger; a life tale filled with amusing stories, interesting places and bungled romances. Describing the impossible lifestyle song people face in the book’s Forward, he proclaims: “After 47 years of making a living with songs, I am as enamored of it as I ever was.”

May has opened for Gordon Lightfoot, Willie Nelson, Alabama and others, performed with symphony orchestras and produced the River City Folk radio show since 1985. (These days weekly online at Besides all this, May founded and still directs Portland’s annual Winterfolk concert, now in its 32nd year.

Now that life is supposedly opening up again in Oregon, May hosts a reading and mini-concert Sunday, July 12 at the venerable Horse Brass Pub, 4534 SE Belmont St., beginning at 5 pm. The date was chosen to honor Don Younger, the Horse Brass’ original proprietor, and his 79th birthday. Even though Younger has gone on from this sphere, the Horse Brass is still filled with his spirit.

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Confessions of an Unlikely Folksinger

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