PUBLISHED: 5:19 PM on Wednesday, September 10, 2008
Folk balladeer Tom May heads to Juneau Sept. 21
With an unforgettable voice, evocative melodies, and comforting warmth, Tom May brings unsurpassed acoustic music to the new Juneau Arts & Humanities Council's Sunday Salon Series at the JACC.

Songs about real people and real places, sung with a rich, powerful voice by one of America's most accomplished and melodic troubadours - May will perform using his elegant 12- and 6-string guitar stylings.

  Tom May
The show will be held Sunday, Sept. 21 at 7 pm. Tickets are $17 for general admission, $10 for students and seniors and $5 for children under five. Tickets are available online at or can be purchased at Hearthside Books, Rainy Day books or by calling 586-2787. Attendees must be 21 or accompanied by a parent or guardian.

About Tom May

Writing and playing his own music, sharing through his songs his life and travels with folks throughout the U.S., Canada and overseas, hosting and performing weekly on the national radio/TV program River City Folk - that is just a glimpse at Tom May's 33 years as a professional folksinger.

Originally from western Nebraska, Tom has called Toronto, Boston, St. Louis, Omaha, and now the Pacific Northwest home. On twelve and six string guitars, he accompanies his baritone voice with intricate stylings not often heard in folk music. Stories, humor, and occasionally even the Irish pennywhistle introduce the songs featured in his concerts.

Tom May has performed in every state in the Union, as well as Canada, England, Ireland, Scotland, Germany and Belgium. His performing venues have included prestigious concert halls, small town auditoriums, and humble coffeehouses--all of which have given him an uncommon rapport with audiences both large and small. His festival appearances include The Kerrville Folk Festival; the Napa Valley Music Festival; Sister's Folk Festival; (Oregon) The Juan De Fuca Festival (Port Angeles, Washington) and dozens more.

Tom's music was chosen to represent Nebraska at the National Art's Council's annual conference in 1994 and 1995 in South Carolina and Omaha. In September of 1994, Tom headlined a special series of concerts with the Omaha Symphony Orchestra, one of the most acclaimed regional orchestras in the U.S. He performed a set of his music with full orchestral accompaniment to capacity crowds and rave reviews. In 1997 and 1998, Tom did a series of concerts throughout Alaska in honor of the Klondike Gold Rush centennial.

Most recently, Tom traveled back to his hometown of Omaha, Neb., to perform during the 125th anniversary of Creighton University.

Tom has toured with and opened for many well known artists, Gordon Lightfoot, Alabama, Willie Nelson, and many others. He currently performs and tours solo or with his acoustic trio, and has released ten critically acclaimed, widely distributed albums. His most recent release was the 2002 release, "Vested". These recordings have been played on public and commercial radio from coast to coast, as well as overseas.

In addition to his live concert appearances, Tom has appeared on dozens of radio and television programs. National Public Radio's syndicated Mountain Stage , Radio Eirhenn's (Ireland) Andy O'Mahoney show, and the Canadian Broadcast Corporation's Ian Tyson Show (Television) to name a few.

For more information visit or call 586-2787.