April Meeting Recap

Hey songwriters,

No one wrote a song about cake — probably for the better — but a lot of good songs were showcased at the April 5 meeting of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle, and Northern Vibe (Kim McInnis, played an outstanding set of well-structured and interesting songs.

For the May 3 meeting, put a new twist on one of your old songs. Give it a new rhythm, turn a folk song into a rocker, play a guitar tune on the piano, flip the gender and make it work — do something to substantively alter one of your existing songs. Stick around after the meeting for a featured set by Roulette Waves (Heather Donovan,

Album project

The release date for “Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle: 2017 Collection” is Fri., Nov. 4 at a CD release event at Pittsburgh Center for the Arts, Shadyside. Everyone interested in putting a song on the album has to submit the $100 duping and participation fee by April 29. Send to John Hayes, 101 Daggette Dr., Buena Vista, PA 15018 (or make other payment arrangements at 412-263-1991). If you’ve already paid the duping fee, your next deadline is June 3 when participants have to have scheduled a recording date. The session can be later, but it has to be on producer Mike Hickman’s books by that date. Contact Mike at 512-785-2132, Open this link for a complete schedule and project rules.

Pittsburgh Marathon, Sun., May 1

Again this year, members of Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle will perform along the route of the Pittsburgh Marathon. Our spot is at about Mile 18 at North Braddock and Kelly Street in North Homewood. The race starts at 7 a.m., and thousands of runners will pass us from about 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some roads will be blocked — I’ll give you directions to a back way in. Call for details: work 412-263-1991, cell (day of event) 412-335-1446.

Venture Outdoors Festival, Sun., May 21

We provide all of the live music, 11 a.m. – 5 p.m., at the annual event at Point State Park, Downtown. More than a dozen Circle members are already on the list. Register in advance to play at, 412-263-1991.
See you soon,

– John