Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round Series
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!
Great Balsam Songwriters in the Round Series | Previous Performers
October, 2019: Alma Russ, John Wiggins, Isaiah Breedlove and Gary Hannan
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.
May, 2019: Scott Miller, RB Morris and David Childers
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.
April, 2019: Claire Lynch, Jerry Salley 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.
February, 2019: David Olney, Peter Cooper, Gwil Owen and Darren Nicholson
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.