Hey songwriters,

Our September meeting outdoors under a canopy at the Sahara Restaurant in Regent Square went well. We filled our 15-seat Covid limit and listened to and discussed some interesting songs. Staff was extremely helpful and the hummus and Turkish coffee were delicious. 

Donna Issac of Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society visited to share information about livestreaming musical performances (see below).

I’ve remained in contact with Hambone’s since our last meeting there in April. Restaurant capacity restrictions continue to change, but I’ve been told we may be able to return, possibly with attendance limitations, for the October meeting. I’ll keep you informed. With fingers crossed (not literally), the October assignment will be to write a song about some sort of “return.”

Producer Mike Hickman ( says the album project is progressing on schedule. We’re nearing the revised recording deadline of September 25. Contact Mike about finishing your song on time.

See you soon,

  • John

Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society

Donna Isaac

Here are some resources for musicians who are new to live streaming performances

and teaching online.  There are many more videos on YouTube and elsewhere, but these seem

to be a good place to start.  Feel free to share.

Everyone take care and stay safe,



Zoom settings for Music, music teaching – Music Repo

Hardware for teaching online with Zoom – Music Repo

Ongoing weekly tutorials and Q&A discussions about putting music online from Folk Alliance Region Midwest:

Folk Alliance International – Community Online Series.  general discussion with some tech info.

If you are performing online, check out the legal/permission advice too.

In case someone is interested in  looking at the OBS broadcast software, here is one of the several YouTube videos from John Paul

about that.  I thought his instructions were clear and good for newbies.

JohnPaul – mics, mixer, more about OBS  JohnPaul Music UK

Here are some broadcast software packages that are available as paid online subscriptions, used by musicians who are upgrading.



Streamlabs OBS

Mandolin – new online package for ticketed concerts.  This may be a sign of what is coming next. 

John McCutcheon is using this now.  

Also, many folks have put their videos, lessons etc. on Patreon so they have a regular monthly income.