Archive for March 2010

Down Home TV!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

Down Home Radio has stormed the citadel of visual representation, thanks to the great work of filmmaker Chris Low.  On this first installment I talk with the wonderful blues guitarist, singer and songwriter Mamie Minch.  We sat down in the room above the Jalopy Theater just before she took the stage at the Brooklyn Folk Festival Preview and Benefit show a couple of weeks ago.  Mamie speaks about some of her influences and plays some tunes, live on Down Home Radio (TV)!  Many thanks go to Chris for making this possible.

The Black Banjo Gathering

Sunday, March 21st, 2010

Hey everybody – just wanted to let you know about an event/conference that is happening at Appalachian State University in Boone, NC this week.  Its called “The Black Banjo Gathering.”  This is the second such gathering, the first happened back in 2005.  Its organized by folklorist Cece Conway and is meant to bring attention to the African-American roots of Old Time music.  My band The Dust Busters will be performing and doing workshops at this event, along with many many other performers.  Its gonna be a really great gathering of people.  If you live in North Carolina or can get there, this is definitely worth going to. – Eli
BB Gathering Logo
From their website:

The 2010 Black Banjo Gathering Reunion at Appalachian State University, Boone, North Carolina

Dedicated to the memory of musicians Clif Ervin & Mike Seeger

From March 23 to March 28, banjoists, scholars, old time, traditional jazz, and blues musicians will hold a Black Banjo Gathering Reunion at Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina. Concerts, workshops, jams, panel discussions, dancing, lectures and frolics will commemorate the historic 2005 Black Banjo Gathering that gathered hundreds at the same site in April 2005.

The Farthing Auditorium concert will be Wednesday, March 24th at 7:30p.m.  (doors open at 6:30). Tickets: $10/$20 in advance (while tickets last)  $12/$25 at the door.  For tickets call Farthing Auditorium at 1-800-841- 2787, or visit www.farthing.appstate.edu.  Fri & Sat Workshops & Legend Tickets TBA.  Hotel Information.

The Reunion will feature lectures, workshops, concerts panels, films, outreach sessions to Appalachian State students and to the surrounding communities.

Tentative Schedule for the 2010 Black Banjo Gathering Reunion (more…)

Interview with Frank Fairfield

Tuesday, March 16th, 2010


(photos E. Smith)

On today’s show I speak with Frank Fairfield.  I was knocked out by his new album on the Tompkins Square label and was glad to finally catch up with Frank at his home in Los Angeles, CA when I was out there back in January.  Frank plays banjo, fiddle and guitar in an old time style and is a really great singer.  We talk about his music and his ideas about music in general, Frank plays some tunes live on the show and also plays several favorite 78rpm records from his own collection.  Frank Fairfield has a rare gift for interpreting what he calls “the American repertoire.”  He gives the music an authentic presence that is very exciting.  Frank has embodied the music he plays.  Although his repertoire is from a different landscape then we see around us today he has found a way inside and expresses it with emotional depth and energy that is very enjoyable to see live as well as listen to on the record.


Frank plays at Tommy’s Loft in downtown LA.

Brooklyn Folk Festival Preview Concert and Benefit

Thursday, March 11th, 2010

Hey everybody, just wanted to let you know about a great show I organized for this coming Saturday at Jalopy:

Please support the production of the 2010 festival by attending -The Brooklyn Folk Festival Preview Concert and Benefit on Saturday March 13th at the Jalopy Theater.

This fabulous show will give you a taste of what is to come at this years festival and will also serve as a benefit to get vital funds necessary to make the Folk Fest possible.  I need to fill Jalopy on Saturday night to get enough money to rent a big tent for the outdoor stage, get the festival promoted around town and hire some folks to help me run it, plus incidental expenses.  Below is the info.  Can’t wait to make this years festival a reality.

Hope to see you there! – Eli (the organizer).

Sat. March 13th 9pm till midnight or whenever it ends!
The Jalopy Theater
315 Columbia Street
Brooklyn, NY 11231
(718) 395-3214
www.Jalopy.biz
$10 Cover

p.s. There’s gonna be a raffle with awesome prizes!  Plus I’ll have Down Home Radio T-shirts and stickers, as well as Brooklyn Folk Fest 2009 CDs for sale. (more…)