All artists benefit from interaction and collaboration. For amateur songwriters, contact is often limited to family, friends and open stages.
Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, a project of Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society, offers amateur and semi-pro songwriters free monthly contact, song critiquing and discussion. It also functions as a hub for additional services including the weekly Calliope Songwriters Open Stage, invited feature performances, paid and volunteer gigs and an annual compilation album of members’ songs, which has served for many members as a springboard to their first independent recordings.
Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle’s website disseminates group information and posts members’ events, photos and videos. Members who’ve contributed a song to the album series can promote themselves through the site’s Artist pages.
After decades of providing musicians and songwriters with a comfortable place to play, Bloomfield Bridge Tavern will close on Sat, Oct. 21
. Calliope activities that have been held at BBT are moving to a new location.
Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle will meet at Bloomfield Bridge Tavern for the last time at 7 p.m. Tue., Oct. 3, followed by Calliope Songwriters Open Stage at 9 p.m. On Tue., Oct. 17 BBT will host its final open stage.
In November, Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle and Calliope Songwriters Open Stage will move to one of Pittsburgh’s best small venues. Club Cafe
is located in the trendy South Side (56 S 12th St, Pittsburgh [South Side], PA 15203
). With great sound and intimate sight lines, Calliope Songwriters Open Stage at Club Cafe will be more like a listening room for regional songwriters and other open stage players..It will be held once monthly, on first Tuesdays starting at 8 p.m.
Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle — members quip it’s a support group for recovering songwriters — will be held in a quiet upstairs room on first Tuesdays at 7 p.m. at Club Cafe.
The new era for Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle and Calliope Songwriters Open Stage at Club Cafe begins Tue., Nov. 7.
Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle
7 p.m. first Tuesdays, Club Cafe
Calliope Songwriters Open Stage
9 p.m. first Tuesdays, Club Cafe
Club Cafe, 56 S 12th St, Pittsburgh [South Side], PA 15203. 412-431-4950
Friends of the Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle