Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round Series

Long-running Songwriters in the Round Series Continues at the Folkmoot Center

Begun at an inn in Balsam, NC, in 1996 and modeled after similar performances at Nashville’s famous Bluebird Café, the Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round Series, now hosted at the Historic Hazelwood School/Folkmoot Center, presents signature in-the-round shows featuring talented songwriters and performers. Many performances feature Grammy and CMA award winners, and all include writers of many top-ranked songs. Good food, good drink, a warm atmosphere and extraordinary talent are always on tap!

RB Morris, David Childers and Scott Miller perform in the round, May 18, 2019



Doors open at 6pm for food, cash bar and conversations with the songwriters. Music begins at 7:15


112 Virginia Ave., Waynesville
Historic Hazelwood School | Folkmoot Center | Queen Auditorium

2020 edition of the series begins April 4

Help us welcome Irene Kelley, Scott Miller and Tim Stafford to Queen Auditorium at the Folkmoot Center!

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Previous Performers in the Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round Series at Queen Auditorium

October, 2019: Alma Russ, John Wiggins, Isaiah Breedlove and Gary Hannan

Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round Series at Folkmoot's Queen Auditorium featuring John Wiggins, Gary Hannan, Alma Russ and Isaiah Breedlove

We closed our 2019 season with an October showcase of three regional favorites: Haywood County’s own John Wiggins, Sylva resident and American Idol Golden Ticket winner Alma Russ, and Cashiers’s Isaiah Breedlove, joined by the globetrotting Gary Hannan.

Pre-show release

Visit Alma Russ here
Visit Isiah Breedlove
Visit Gary Hannan here
Visit John Wiggins here

May, 2019: Scott Miller, RB Morris and David Childers

Scott Miller, David Childers and RB Morris in the Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round Series at Folkmoot's Queen Auditorium

Scott Miller, founding memory of the V-Roys and later Scott Miller and the Commonwealth joined Mount Holly resident and “North Carolina treasure” David Childers and Knoxville poet, playwright and songwriter RB Morris for an extraordinary evening at Queen Auditorium.

Pre-show release

Visit Scott Miller here
Visit RB Morris here
Visit David Childers here

April, 2019: Claire Lynch, Jerry Salley and Irene Kelley

Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round with Jerry Salley, Claire Lynch and Irene Kelley

Three-time International Bluegrass Music Association (IBMA) Female Vocalist of the Year, Claire Lynch, with a voice described by Dolly Parton as “one of the sweetest, purest and best lead voices in the music business today,” joined extraordinary veteran  tunesmiths Irene Kelley and Jerry Salley for a wonderful night in Waynesville.

Pre-show release
Blog post about recent accolades for these musicians

Visit Claire Lynch here
Visit Irene Kelley here
Visit Jerry Salley here

February, 2019: David Olney, Peter Cooper, Gwil Owen and Darren Nicholson

David Olney, Peter Cooper Gwil Owen and Darren Nicholson in the Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round Series at Folkmoot's Queen Auditorium

After its move from Balsam, our series opened at Folkmoot’s Queen Auditorium with master craftsman, acclaimed singer/songwriter and globe-trotting performer David Olney; one of Nashville’s “10 Most Interesting People” in songwriter and music scholar Peter Cooper, prolific composer and Academy Award nominee Gwil Owen, and Haywood County’s own Darren Nicholson, mandolinist for Balsam Range.

Pre-show release

Visit David Olney here
Visit Peter Cooper here
Visit Gwil Owen here
Visit Darren Nicholson here