Broadside Electric

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Broadside Electric
Background information
Origin Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Genres Electric folk
Years active 1990 – present
Labels Clever Sheep Records
Members Joe D'Andrea
Amy Ksir
Tom Rhoads
Jim Speer
Helene Zisook
Past members Melissa Demian
Rachel Hall

Broadside Electric is an American electric folk (self-described as "folk music with teeth") band from Philadelphia. Formed in 1990, the band was still active in 2011. Audiences expect an erudite and eclectic mix of traditional material, including child ballads, foreign language songs, and the 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.

The band was formed in 1990 by Haverford College and Bryn Mawr College students and alumni Rachel Hall, Tom Rhoads, Jim Speer, and Helene Zisook.

Current band members

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.


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