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Tom May, Donny Wright to perform in Madras

by: Submitted Photo - Musician Tom May


   Internationally-known singer, songwriter and performer Tom May will be joined by Madras native Donny Wright for a special concert of original and traditional folk music Feb. 12, at the Rodriguez Annex of the Jefferson County Library.
   May's musical journey has spanned over 30 years from his start in Nebraska. He has performed in every state in the Union, many locations overseas, and every Canadian province.
   With his warm, accessible music highlighted by his baritone voice and 12- and six-string guitar arrangements, he has been called one of the most talented performers in the acoustic music renaissance.
   May has released 10 acclaimed albums, the most recent being "Vested," which contains many songs of the West that he has written. He was asked to perform at opening ceremonies at the 2002 Salt Lake City Winter Olympics, and Wright accompanied May on many of the songs on "Vested."
   He is the producer and founder of Portland's largest annual folk event "Winterfolk" and since 1991 has produced the syndicated public radio show "River City Folk" heard on over 150 stations each week coast to coast.
   Wright now resides in Portland and is a fine guitar and bass player, as well as a singer and songwriter. He is currently working on his own CD of original material and will perform some of his own compositions at the Madras concert. In 2003, Wright toured with Tracy Grammer and Joan Baez on national concert tours.
   Opening for May and Wright will be local band Queen Lorene and the Skillet Lickers. The doors will open at 6:15 p.m., and the Skillet Lickers will begin playing at 6:30, with May and Wright featured from 7 to 9 p.m.
   Tickets are currently on sale at Great Earth Natural Foods, Willow Creek Books and Petals 'N' Poseys in Madras. Advance tickets are $10 adult and $5 children under age 18. At the door, tickets will be $12 adult and $7 children.
   For more information, call Jon Granby at 475-2339 or Lorene Forman at 475-6397.