|Origin||Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States|
|Years active||1990 – present|
|Labels||Clever Sheep Records|
|Past members||Melissa Demian|
Broadside Electric is an American folk rock (self-described as "folk music with teeth") band from Philadelphia. Formed in 1990, and is still active as of July 2017. Audiences expect an erudite and eclectic mix of traditional material, including Child ballads, foreign language songs, and humorous, obscure, and sometimes absurd.
Broadside in the name is taken from the single-side printed song lyric sheets which became popular in the 16th century.
Current band members
- Joe D'Andrea, 1997–present (drums and assorted percussion, vocals).
- Amy Ksir, 1997–present (accordion, tin whistles, flute, oboe, vocals).
- Tom Rhoads, 1990–present (lead vocals, guitars, Appalachian dulcimer, cittern, harmonica).
- Jim Speer, 1990–present (NS/Stick, Chapman Stick, electric bass guitar; wind instruments including recorders, clarinet, bass clarinet, saxophone, crumhorn and rauschpfeife; backing vocals).
- Helene Zisook, 1990–present (acoustic and five-string electric violins, viola, mandolin, backing vocals).
Previous band members
- Melissa Demian 1991-1994 (lead vocals, Appalachian dulcimer, occasional percussion, police whistle, siren). Left to pursue a Ph.D in social anthropology.
- Rachel Hall 1990-1991 (English concertina, piano/keyboards, recorders, tin whistle, accordion, vocals, occasional percussion). Left to pursue a Watson Fellowship.
- Black-edged Visiting Card (Clever Sheep, 1992)
- Amplificata (Clever Sheep, 1995)
- More Bad News ... (Clever Sheep, 1996)
- With Teeth (Clever Sheep, 1999)
- Live: Do Not Immerse (Clever Sheep, 2002)
- "FP: Minstrel". folkproject.org. Retrieved 2017-06-11.