Tom Woolley

Tom at the Dance of Thanks.

Growing up in a military family, Tom lived in many parts of the U.S., mostly in the South. After college, he continued to travel: France, Morocco, Iran, Spain, Egypt, and points beyond. Music and languages are big in his life, which includes a daughter named Marrakesh who now is in her early twenties.

Tom's first participation in the musical world came as a bassist in high school bands, followed by singalongs in dorm rooms and in Peace Corps. His first quality guitar, a Gibson 12-string, came as a birthday present when he turned 14, and is still his #1 acoustic. Although he plays 6-string guitar and bass as well, 12-strings have always been his musical passion, and his electric Rickenbacker takes him closer to some of his idols. Strong influences in Tom's music include Ry Cooder, Warren Zevon, The Byrds, CSNY (together and separately), and The Grateful Dead, among others.

The Woolley Way

Tom's other favorite band is The Woolley Way, who play every year at the Tucson Folk Festival. The above photo was taken at the 2006 Tucson Folk Festival. Left to right: Heidi Schewel, Tom Woolley, Michelle Morreale, John Milner and Shanti Foster.