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Live @ Studio 256 | BurghSong | Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle |

Live @ Studio 256 is a project to promote songwriters from Pittsburgh / Western Pennsylvania through a collection of live performances captured on high-definition video and audio in my studio. The first round was completed in 2013; round two began in March of 2018.

These videos can be accessed here ( through the Live @ Studio 256 blog framed below (direct link is if you'd like to subscribe and be notified of new posts), through the artists websites, or through the Christopher Mark Jones Youtube channel. The blog listings include direct links to the artist sites and purchase information for recordings. Visit artist sites for information on upcoming live performances.

Christopher Mark Jones "Home At Last" (May 2012)

Ben Shannon "So Long Heaven" (June 18, 2012)

Heather Kropf "Kite" (July 2, 2012)

Eve Goodman "Now" ( August 18, 2012)

Judith Avers "God Bless The Brooders" (October 23, 2012)

Emily Pinkerton "Kingdom Down" ( December 12, 2012)

Tim Ruff "Goodbye For Now" (December 12, 2012)

Tom Breiding "River, Rails or Road" January 11, 2013)

Brad Yoder "How Little That Matters"(February 15 2013)

Bill Toms "Tear This Old House Down"(February 24 2013)

Steve Cohagan "A Little Grace" (May 26 2013)

Brooke Annibale "Under Streetlights"(June 3 2013)

Brian Junker "This Is Your Time" (March 27, 2018)

Nathan Zoob "Your Favorite Vase" (June 28, 2018)

Byron Nash "Gnarly Girl" (October 22,2018)

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BurghSong is a concert series held in the heart of Pittsburgh pairing national and local songwriters in a listening room context. Burghsong celebrates the rich tradition and contemporary vitality of Pittsburgh songwriters by pairing local luminaries with nationally touring writers for each concert.

The concert series idea evolved from a successful BurghSong mini-festival featuring exclusively local artists that songwriters Ben Shannon and Christopher Mark Jones organized in September of 2014 at James Simon’s sculpture studio in Uptown. Joining forces in 2015 with songwriter Alexander Stanton, owner of Sunburst School of Music in Squirrel Hill, added a creative organizational thinker and a 50-seat space to the equation. Concerts are held on 3rd Saturdays in September, October, November, March April and May. Go to for current listings.


Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle

The Pittsburgh Songwriters Circle is a long-running group supported by Calliope: The Pittsburgh Folk Music Society. The Circle 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.