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Tom Pillion / Bio

I have been playing guitar, singing and songwriting since 11th grade. I grew up on '50's/60's rock, but began playing mostly folk music. In addition to high school and college events, I performed in coffee houses in Hartford CT, Springfield MA, and Cambridge, MA. I also played in rock bands during college and in the US Navy.

In 1977/78, while stationed in Sicily, I played in a duo with Chris Edwards, a Navy friend. She added vocal tracks to a few original songs I recorded at the time, which are uploaded here.

In late 1978, my family and I moved to Northern VA, where I played briefly in a country rock band. In 1983 I joined a Catholic folk music choir, and was active for the next 30 years as a liturgical musician. I have played solo, directed teen and adult groups, written songs and a Mass setting, and recorded several CD's of praise and worship music.
I retired from my Navy career in Jan 2014 and moved to Banner Elk, NC. I now play an mix of acoustic pop, folk, country, and original material at local venues.

I have converted to digital format and uploaded old recordings of original secular material. Most of the material on this site was originally recorded at home during the early '70's on a two-track reel-to-reel, or in the mid-late '70's on a four-track reel to reel. Several songs feature an updated lead vocal track, with harmonies by Lindsey Leitera, recorded in 2009/10. Ed Stapanon plays bass, banjo and harmonizes on Appalachian Folk Society.

Some of the music production sounds dated, because it is. Am just looking to preserve my material. Enjoy.

General Info

Band Members
Guests; Ed Stapanon on banjo & bass, and Ed, Chris Edwards, Charlie Rewis, Lindsey Leitera on harmony
Artist Name
Tom Pillion
Home Page
Singer Songwriter / Acoustic / Pop/Folk/Blues/Old-time/Country

Contact Info

Banner Elk, NC