Singers/Songwriters In The Round

10 p.m. to Midnight Host: Steve Winters

This is part of the continuing “Profiles in Folk” series of in-studio shows that gather four or five singer/songwriters to talk about their music and their careers and, most important, to perform live for our listeners. My thanks to Erik Balkey for gathering this splendid group for the show and to WSHU Asst. Engineer Abe Lettelleir, who mixed sound for the night and took and uploaded digital photos for the Internet, while the show was in progress. This was such a delightful evening of music that we stayed on the air an extra 45 minutes beyond midnight.

Our guest list for the night:

Erik Balkey (Boston, MA) isa full-time troubadour with recent honors including finalist at the Wildflower Festival in Dallas, TX. His debut CD, "Negotiations & Compromise" (2002) has been heard on over 100 radio programs. Balkey tours full-time and logged 54,000 miles, 300 appearances in over 20 states in 2002. Sing Out! Magazine says, "literate, exacting portraits... a very rewarding album."

Marc Douglas Berardo (Milford, CT) recently won Finalist honors at the Rosegarden Songwriting Contest (MA) and celebrating the release of his CD, "As You Make Your Way." “One of the most haunting voices I have ever heard, rich and melodic guitar work that enhances his vocal artistry, and a wealth of truly great songs." - Don Oja Dunaway- St. Augustine, Florida.

Eliot Bronson (Amherst, MA) is a recent Grand Prize winner of the Plowshares Songwriting Contest (PA) and is releasing his second CD, "Another Tourist," in the Summer of 2003. "Eliot can pluck guitar and heart strings with frightening ease ... powerful stuff!"- Songwriters Monthly Magazine.

Jenny Bruce (New York City, NY)is a soulfully rooted pop/folk artist.She was a 1999 Lilith Fair Talent Search finalist, and hasgarnered attention fromBillboard Magazine. "(Jenny Bruce's) buoyant persona, joyous delivery, smooth vocals, and tight compositions were a winning combination." - Dave Madeloni, Northeast Performer.

Brian Joseph (Los Angeles, CA) was a mainstage act at Kerrville Folk Festival in 2003 and a former Falcon Ridge Folk Festival New Folk Finalist. "...elegant acoustic guitar fingerstylings, warm, velvety vocal phrasing ...knack for gracefully weaving wit, sensitivity, and insight into his lyrics."

Listen to The show 2 hr 27 min.

And our show:

Erik Balkey, “Give Love Amen”
Marc Douglas Berardo, “Stephen Marshall”
Jenny Bruce, “Blue Angel”
Brian Joseph, “Eli”
Eliot Bronson, “Yellow And Gold”
Erik Balkey, “Baseball In My Blood”
Marc Douglas Berardo, “Untethered”
Jenny Bruce, “Me And Lizzie”
Brian Joseph, “We’re Gonna Laugh”
Eliot Bronson, “You Don’t Even Know”
A Round Of Covers Erik Balkey, “God’s Poet Now” (Written for the late Dave Carter)
Marc Douglas Berardo, “Dublin Blues” (Guy Clark)
Jenny Bruce, “Why?” (Annie Lennox)
Brian Joseph, “Political Science” (Randy Newman)
Eliot Bronson, “Slip Slidin’ Away” (Paul Simon)
Erik Balkey, “Miles Roll”
Marc Douglas Berardo, “Franklinville”
Jenny Bruce, “Soul On Fire”
Brian Joseph, “Louise”
Eliot Bronson, “Untitled New Song”
Erik Balkey, “Virginia”
Marc Douglas Berardo, “The Rum Diary”
Jenny Bruce, “Cross My Heart”
Brian Joseph, “King Of Echo Park”
Eliot Bronson, “Breathing Of The Night”