Bruce Balmer was born in Margaretville, NY, and raised in a musical household surrounded by siblings and over 40 well- and often-played instruments in various states of repair. Guitar followed piano, banjo and tenor guitar as his nemesis and lifetime teacher.

Two years of harmony and analysis and a year of piano study with Blanche Moyse at Marlboro College gave him a baroque approach to writing, performing and recording many original songs, playing lead guitar for rock, jazz, and country bands, and composition for dance performance and for film (“I Married A Strange Person,” bedroom scene, background music – Bill Plympton animated feature.)

Later, he discovered the vibrant underground folk scene in in NYC. He owes the writing and editing of many of his songs to the Greenwich Village Songwriter’s Collective. He has accompanied the late and dearly missed Jack Hardy on some wild and lean road tours from time to time.

2019 Voted:
BEST OPEN-MIKE PERFORMER OF THE DECADE
Legendary Colony Open-Mike, Woodstock, NY

2003 Winner:
BEST CURSE, BEST OVERALL,
Legendary Hosting-Of-The Bards Song and Poetry Writing Contest.
Legendary Hosting-Of-The Bards Song and Poetry Festival,
Callicoon, NY, 2003

1997-98 SYNCHRONIZED MUSIC – Solo Guitar for sex scene.
“I Married A Strange Person”
Bill Plympton Animation Feature Film

Bruce now divides his musical time between performance with his brilliant wife, Lisa Markley, as Markley & Balmer, solo Bruce Balmer performances, and wood-shed study of 20th century standards, one at a time (in Lisa’s key.) Bruce has released two solo singer/songwriter albums, “Upstream” and “Get Outta Park.”

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