On Monday, November 12, The Copper Ponies will be playing for the SJARMS community in our final concert of the year.

The Copper Ponies consist of Annie Donahue and Erik Balkey — a singer-songwriter duo from New Jersey. With a focus on lyrics, melody and harmony, and an understated delivery, the music is simple and unadorned. The Copper Ponies’ songs are just that, understated and unadorned, while still being lean-in, edge-of-your-seat compelling. Their songs blend an authentic mix of roots influence with contemporary perspectives navigating the line of roadworn and hopeful.

Prior to the duo forming this year, Erik Balkey won recognition in over a dozen national songwriting contests and traveled as a touring songwriter from 2002-2008. His songs have been played on over 100 folk radio programs worldwide. With Annie, the duo now writes together as The Copper Ponies tapping their collective muse and employing a sympathetic blend of two layered and personal perspectives.

“In a musical world cluttered with louder and faster attempts to get attention, The Copper Ponies have the confidence to stand poised, sing softly and deliver powerfully moving songs like a calm whisper in a hectic crowded room. You’ll be drawn in and touched by their melodies, harmonies and musical soul.” – Joe Crookston / singer-songwriter and International Folk Alliance Album of the Year winner in 2009.

Here’s a taste of what The Copper Ponies bring to their performances:

The Copper Ponies will be performing in the intimate and totally acoustic setting of the Medford Arts Center. As always, an acoustic jam will follow the performance. Coffee and light refreshments will be served.

The MAC is located at 18 North Main Street, in beautiful, historic Medford, NJ. Doors open at 7pm. The performance is free to SJARMS members and first time visitors. $10 for visitors who have already been to one of our meetings but have not yet joined as a member.

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