From what began in Balsam in 1996, and modeled after similar performances at Nashville’s Bluebird Café, the Great Balsam Nashville Songwriters in the round series, now hosted at the Folkmoot Center at Historic Hazelwood School, presents signature in-the-round shows.

The event will take place at 6 p.m. Feb. 16. Food will not be available, but there will be a cash bar. Tickets are $25 for adults and $12 for students.

Many performances feature Grammy and CMA award winners, and all include writers of many top-ranked songs.

In-the-round performances feature performers seated in a circle with the audience all around. The musicians trade anecdotes about the music industry and sing the songs they’ve written.

David Olney is well-known worldwide for his songs and live performances. Olney has released more than 20 albums over four decades, including six live recordings. His music has been prominently featured in ABC-TV’s “Nashville” and have been recorded by Emmylou Harris, Linda Ronstadt, Del McCoury, Tim O’Brien, The Wailin’ Jennys, Steve Young, Slaid Cleaves and many others.

For more than a decade, Grammy-nominated singer, songwriter and producer Peter Cooper was the senior music writer and columnist for Nashville’s daily paper, The Tennessean. Named one of Nashville’s “10 Most Interesting People” by Nashville Arts and Entertainment magazine, Cooper is also a session player, a producer who has worked with Todd Snider, Emmylou Harris, Ricky Skaggs, Fayssoux Starling McLean, among others.

Gwil Owen moved to Nashville as a songwriter in the 80s. His band, The Thieves, was signed to Bug/Capitol Records and put out one record, “Seduced By Money,” in 1988 and a number of singles thereafter.

Owen went on to be nominated for an Academy Award in 1999 for a song co-written with Allison Moorer called “A Softer Place to Fall,” which was featured in Robert Redford’s film “The Horse Whisperer.”

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