New Middle Class / Bio & Discography


New Middle Class
(Barbara and Mike Borok) continues to climb the glamorous ladder of singer/songwriter success, currently recording a new CD.  Honors and awards include:

- 1st Place, Music To Life Concert, 2003 Kerrville Folk Festival
- Official Showcase Artist at the 2002 Southwest Regional Folk Alliance Conference, Kerrville TX
- 1st Place (Folk), 3rd Place (Pop) and Finalist (Open) in the Mid-Atlantic Song Contest
- 2nd Place in the Lake County (Chicago) Folk Festival
- Finalist in the 2006, 2000 and 2019 South Florida Folk Festival Singer/Songwriter Competitions, main stage performer in 2018
- Finalist in the 2005 Avalon FolkFest Rising Star Performer Competition
- Honorable Mention, John Lennon International Songwriting Contest
- Semifinalist in the 2012 UK Songwriting Contest (two categories)
- Finalist in the 2013 UK Songwriting Contest
- Semifinalist in the 2014 UK Songwriting Contest

Past winnings by the Westchester-based duo include the New Jersey Folk Festival's New Folk Showcase, and the WWUH-FM (University of Hartford) Folk Next Door Contest.

New Middle Class doesn't play your typical love songs. Barbara and Mike speak with voices of different characters as they sing about relationships, miniature golf, sensible footwear and more. Fast Folk says: "Great melodic songs, full of warmth, wit and truly delightful and surprising turns of phrase."

Mike (guitar/vocal) and Barbara (lead vocal) have been intertwined musically and romantically for many years. Described as "intelligent fun," New Middle Class plays in clubs and coffeehouses in the tri-state area ... in between working a day job, raising a family, yard work, and recording their third CD.

In addition to being the featured act, New Middle Class has opened for Cliff Eberhardt, Tom Rush, Lucy Kaplansky, Vance Gilbert, Barbara Kessler, Dan Hicks, Margo Hennebach, Sloan Wainwright, Terre Roche, Susan Werner, etc. New Middle Class appears on five compilation CDs, and three of their songs, "Give It Back", "Misery Loves Company and "What's That Thing?" were winners of WHUD-FM's New Music Preview.

Venues that New Middle Class has performed at include:

Towne Crier Café The Turning Point Uptown Coffeehouse
Minstrel Coffeehouse Good Folk Coffeehouse Zeke's Place
Treestar Coffeehouse Unison Coffeehouse Mine Street Coffeehouse
Good Folk Coffeehouse Patterson Coffeehouse The Schoolhouse
Twelfth Note Coffeehouse Bodles Opera House Assorted Friends Coffeehouse
The Carriage Barn Fast Folk Café One Station Plaza
Music Among Friends 22 Below Centerfold Coffeehouse
ArtWell Listen Inn Mohegan Colony Café
Sun Music Company Hammond Museum Hillside Café
Westport Art Center The Acoustic Café BeanRunner Café


What's That Thing? (2017) - 2nd Mortgage Records
What's That Thing?, It's All About You, Loch Ness Cafe, Five Foot Four Girl (In a Ten Foot U-Haul Truck), Beautiful, 1999.9, Doctor Bones, Tenth Commandment, You Go First, Guilty (With an Explanation), Monty's Room
Anatomy of Love (2013) - 2nd Mortgage Records
Another Life (2011) - 2nd Mortgage Records
Beautiful Monsters (2003) - 2nd Mortgage Records
Beautiful, Monsters From Planet Earth, Let's Change
Music to Life 2003 Song Contest - Winners' CD (2003)
Cradle (revised)
Oasis Acoustic: Humor, Vol. 1 (2001) - Oasis compilation CD
Buy One, Get One Free
Government (2000) - 2nd Mortgage Records (CD single, radio only)
Government, Let's Change, Red River Flood (acoustic version)
The 16th Annual Mid-Atlantic Song Contest - Winners' CD  
(1999) - Songwriters Association of Washington 
Television Sky
1999.9 (1999) - 2nd Mortgage Records (CD single, radio only)
1999.9, I Was Born, Cradle, 1999.9 (live)
New Middle Class (1999) - 2nd Mortgage Records
I Was Born, Buy One, Get One Free, Cradle, She's Cool, Television Sky, Dan & Joe (and Sometimes Mo'), Red River Flood, Talking to You, Misery Loves Company, Into My Life, Give It Back
Release 2.0 (1998) - 2nd Mortgage Records
Dan & Joe (and Sometimes Mo'), Miniature Golf, Loch Ness Café (live), Living in Songland, The Other Shoe (live), I Miss You, Red River Flood
Undercurrents( (Fast Folk, 1995 Vol 8 No 5)
I Was Born
Local Color ((WWUH)
Cradle (live)
"Celebrities" (1993) - Hudson Valley Musicians Alliance - compilation cassette 
Give It Back