Tom Rush accompanied by Matt Nakoa

Friday, November 12 - 7:30 PM

Tom Rush was born in Portsmouth, New Hampshire, USA, the son of a teacher.  He began performing in 1961 while studying at Harvard University,after having graduated from the Groton School. 

His 1968 composition  "No Regrets"  has become a standard,with numerous cover versions having been recorded (Rush did two radically different versions himself). These include the Walker Brothers, who gave Tom Rush Top Ten credit as a songwriter on the UK Singles Chart, Emmylou Harris, who included the song on her 1988 album Bluebird, and Midge Ure whose cover also made the UK Top Ten.

On March 1, 2007 a video of his performance of Steven Walters' "The Remember Song" was uploaded to YouTube, and, as of April 2017, it has received over 7 million plays. Writing on his website, Rush said,

One of the earliest music videos produced (1968) for an artist by a record company, Elektra, can be found at his website. It was used to promote his signature song, "No Regrets", for his The Circle Game album. A number of recent videos from a 2010 concert performed in Old Saybrook, Connecticut can be found online.

Tom Rush is married to author Renée Askins and was formerly married to singer Beverly Rush.

With his new album Voices (2018) out, at age 79, Rush is still frequently performing, touring the United States, these days often accompanied on piano by Berklee graduate Matt Nakoa.

Matt Nakoa is an award-winning songwriter, singer, and multi-instrumentalist. A modern troubadour, he makes his home on the highways and concert stages of America, and appears regularly with folk music icon Tom Rush. The Boston Globe says of Nakoa, “Between his piano chops and heartfelt originals on guitar, he drops jaws.”
Born on a small goat farm in New York State, Nakoa trained to be a concert pianist before accepting a scholarship to attend Berklee College of Music as a vocalist. He developed his dramatic songwriting style with his college alt-rock band, The Fens, and after the band dissolved, he landed in NYC. It was in Manhattan's all-night piano bars that Nakoa developed an uncanny ability to command the attention of any audience. 
Nakoa's newest album, Casting Shadows, is a spellbinding blend of pop, soul, and classical influences that tells a story of childhood dreams crashing headlong into grownup reality. The Ark of Music magazine proclaims, “What we have here is a truly encouraging sign of what pop could once again become …”



521 West Main St
Waynesboro, VA 22980
Event Type


Wayne Theatre

Date / Time

Friday, November 12, 2021
7:30 PM - 9:30 PM


(540) 943-9999
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