Chenango Guitar Heroes featured in Arts Council benefit concert Sept. 26

NORWICH – The Chenango County Council of the Arts in Norwich announces “Chenango Guitar Heroes,” featuring Tom Rasely, Ron Palmer and Mark Sherwood, and the Eric Porter Trio on Saturday, Sept. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Martin W. Kappel Theater. The concert is a benefit for the Council.

The featured guitarists are well known, popular, Chenango County musicians with strong followings who have performed for many years throughout the area. They have never, however, been seen together in one concert.

Tom Rasely began playing the guitar in 1964, shortly after the Beatles hit the American music scene. As a (mostly) self-taught guitar player, Tom had a vast training in music theory. He studied music at Onondaga Community College in Syracuse, and received a Bachelor of Music Ed. from SUNY Fredonia (’73).

Probably the most influential musician in Tom’s life was his father Charles W. Rasely. A Juilliard School graduate (’42), Charles was a teacher, singer, composer, pianist, violinist, conductor. He was a man who lived and breathed music.

As a teacher, Tom has taught thousands of players at his private studio. He has also taught at NPM Guitar Schools all across the country, at the National Guitar Workshop in Connecticut, and was the Director of the Norwich Guitar School. Two of Tom’s original songs were featured in Fingerstyle Guitar Magazine. Tom has written several guitar instruction books, including the “Chord Chart Guitar Method” (self-published), and “Types and Uses of the Capo” (Mel Bay Publications).

As a performer, Tom has toured 26 states and parts of Canada, and has performed twice at the White House for the Christmas VIP tours. His live gigs also include basic blues seminars, and a variety of background music venues. Tom Rasely’s “Guest Artist” appearances include: Holiday Tours at the White House [’98, ‘02], BC Pops [Binghamton NY], Buffalo [NY] Festival Orchestra, Marywood University Orchestra [Scranton PA], Syracuse [NY] Symphony Pops, The Oneida [NY] Area Civic Chorale.

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