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.
Since 2006, Bruce has lived in the Oak Cliff – Bishop Arts District of Dallas, Texas. He divides his musical time between performance with his brilliant wife, Lisa Markley, as Markley & Balmer; solo Bruce Balmer performances on the street and otherwise; 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.”