July Meeting Recap and Other News

Hey songwriters,
Write a hit song. It doesn’t actually have to sell, just sound like one that could. 
At the July 1 meeting of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, members set those requirements for the optional songwriting assignment at the next meeting 7 p.m. Aug. 5 at Bloomfield Bridge Tavern (4412 Liberty Ave., 412-682-8611). Featured set by Roulette Waves including new member Heather Donovan (
At Tuesday’s meeting, lots of “summer” songs ranging from radiant to dark were performed and discussed by nearly 20 members, followed by 30 minutes of outstanding songs and intimate vocals and piano work by veteran Pittsburgh songwriter Heather Kropf ( Learn about Heather’s new CD “Chrysalis” at

Annual album project
Thirty-four members have committed to putting a song on this year’s massive album, the tenth in a series dating to 2005. Recording is underway at Wilkin Audio. The inherent problems of herding cats in mind, please keep upcoming project deadlines in mind — if you don’t, I’ve got a whip and a chair with your name on it. Aug. 22: credits text deadline (song title, songwriter name or names, performers/instruments and professional affiliation emailed to me Aug. 29: recording deadline — no kidding, if you’re not done, well, you’re done. Nov. 14: CD release event at the Roots Cellar at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts. 


Retrospective album project
There’s still time for you to help fund the Circle’s 10-year retrospective album project, commemorating a decade of songs by local artists in our unique album series. Blind judging of each of the 10 CDs is underway by members of Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society. One song from each album will appear on the album, which will debut at the Nov. 14 CD release event. To chip in, please click on the GoFundMe link on this website.


Songwriters Circle members with upcoming pre-show performances before headliner sets at the free Greensburg SummerSounds music festival (pre-show 6:10 p.m.):
July 4 Frankie Lee (headliner Idol Kings)
July 11 Sue Gartland (Hollis Brown)
July 18 Greg Wojo (Beau Soliel)

July 25 Alex Meleshenko (Glenn Miller Orchestra)

Aug. 1 Bruce Hoffman (The Duhks)


Surf around, see what’s here. Every member of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle — that is, everyone on the mailing list — can promote gigs on the Events calendar, submit news, advertise instrument sales, etc. Everyone who’s ever put a song on the album project is entitled to a free Artist Page to use as your website, link to your website or Facebook, post photos, videos, etc. For details contact webmaster Dennis Malley (
See you soon,

Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle manager John Hayes
home 412-751-7744, cell 412-335-1446