Folk singer and songwriter Tom May finally gets to have his book release celebration live and in person after cancelling it twice last year.
May is the long time, producer/host of River City Folk, and director of the February Winterfolk concert series, Portland’s annual folk music event for the last 32 years.
The first official event to celebrate May’s memoir, I Wouldn’t Count On It – Confessions of an Unlikely Folksinger, takes place Sunday, July 11, 5 pm, at SE Portland’s venerable Horse Brass Pub, 4534 SE Belmont St. with a reading, book signing, a concert and fellowship. Admission is free.
As the fates would have it, that date would also have been the 80th birthday of Don Younger, founder of the Horse Brass and May’s close friend. Younger passed away in 2011. The pub remains a shrine of sorts to the local microbrew community as one of the pioneering establishments featuring crafted brews by locals who changed the world of beer, making Portland and the Pub a destination for appreciators of craft-brewing.
May’s memoir contains tales of coast to coast road life, gigs, mornings after, and the foibles of on-the-road musician life.
His book includes a 20 song compilation CD and is available at tommayfolk.com and at Powells Books.
From left, Terry Prohaska, Tom May, Don Younger.