George and Paul have teamed up to create a rich blend of vocals and classical guitar interpretations of popular love songs.
George Thompson, baritone and Paul Chasman, nationally recognized guitarist and composer, are celebrating the release of their CD album On Our Own, a tribute to enduring love. Sherrie will open with songs from her new CD album Keeper of the Songs. Both CDs were produced by Paul Chasman and engineered by Dan Rhiger at Medicine Whistle Studio, 2016.
“Spellbinding...imaginative...sensitive... A fine example of a guitarist’s devotion to the full exploration of his instrument’s capabilities.” --Guitar Player Magazine
Paul Chasman’s musical career has spanned over forty years. He came to Portland, Oregon in 1969, where he played in a number of blues and bluegrass bands, most notably the Heavy Gauge String Band. In 1979 when he released his first album, Solo Guitar, which Frets Magazine called "...one of the finest examples of fingerpicking you’ll ever hear."
Paul began composing music for the guitar, melding jazz, classical, and folk idioms into his own unique style. He developed a system for harmonics on the guitar, cascading, bell-like tones, which he utilized throughout entire pieces in ways that had never been done before. Guitar Player Magazine called him “one of the most deft harmonics practitioners,” and called his harmonics technique “simply astounding.” He has written articles on his harmonics technique and other subjects for a number of national publications.
Chasman helped found the Acoustic Guitar Summit featuring Paul, Terry Robb, Mark Hanson, and Doug Smith. During Paul’s nine year association with the Summit, they played for packed auditoriums in Oregon, Washington, and California, were featured several times on NPR, and recorded two highly acclaimed CDs.
In 2010, Paul celebrated 50 years of guitar playing with the release of his CD, One Man Guitar Festival, in which he played music from all phases of his career, from blues to bluegrass, Bach to Beatles, “real songs” and original compositions, played on two different steel string guitars, a classical, and an 8 string. Minor 7 web magazine called Paul’s music “eclectic and inspiring with a keen ability and attention to craft... Chasman is a fret board master.”
George Thompson has collected a diverse and vast repertoire of songs over the past 50 years. He has sung in folk groups since the mid-60s. In his career as a teacher, bringing people together through music, formed the essence of his teaching style. George has an expansive repertoire that crosses musical genres and he still finds ways to learn new songs and not lose the old ones.
On Our Own is the third collaboration between Paul and George. Beginning with the recording of Nightsky, George Thompson in 2001 was the first collaboration featuring Paul’s guitar playing and George’s singing of both original songs and folk classics. Sligo Ross, an album of original and traditional tunes by George Thompson, Craig Stewart and Tom Tucker was produced by Paul in 1994.
Sherrie Wolf, born and raised in Portland, has been performing her songs and bold vocal interpretations of folk and popular standards at venues such as Lake Theater & Cafe, Portland Art Museum, Cannon Beach City Park, Hoffman Art Center in Manzanita, Portland Folk Society concert series, Jeffrey Thomas Gallery, and Cafe Artichoke. Sherrie is also actively exhibiting nationally as a painter and visual artist. Her long interest in voice, songwriting and guitar lead her to performing. Her music passion for singing began as a teen with the likes of Joan Baez, Joni Mitchell, Laura Nyro and Bob Dylan.
Tickets available online until 4 pm day of the show.