The Harry Smith Festival

Hello everybody,
  Look out for the 6th annual Harry Smith Festival, coming up this weekend in Milheim, PA!  Should be a great event, I’ll be there with the Down Hill Strugglers and John Cohen…  For more information take a look at their facebook page.

The Down Hill Strugglers Take to the Road

Hello everybody,

The Down Hill Strugglers are taking to the road again this Fall. Look out for us in the Eastern half of the United States!  We have 10 shows across 7 states – including several show in New Orleans and an appearance at the St. Louis Folk and Roots Festival!  Hope to see ya somewhere out there…

See our website: for more information… here are the dates:

Tues. Sept. 24th – Bowling Green, OH
The Happy Badger
331 North Main St.
Show time: 7-9pm
They serve food, but BYOB/Wine.

Thurs. Sept. 26th – Louisville, KY
The Greenhaus
2227 South Preston St.
Showtime: 8pm, opener TBA

Fri. Sept. 27th – Champaign, IL
Techline Studios
307 South Locust St. Champaign, IL 61820
7pm opener – Flatville Ditch, we go on at 7:45pm.


Sat. Sept. 28th
– St. Louis, MO
St. Louis Folk & Roots Festival
Urban Chestnut Stage 1-2pm
Grandel Theater Square Dance 4-6pm
See: for tickets. Ralph Stanley headlines.

Sun. Sept. 29th
– Eureka Springs, AR
Chelsea’s Corner Cafe
10 Mountain Street
2 sets 7-10pm
No cover!

Thurs. Oct. 3rd – New Orleans, LA
Ogden Museum of Southern Art
925 Camp St.
6:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Lobby Atrium of The Ogden Museum of Southern Art’s Stephen Goldring Hall

Sat. Oct. 5th – New Orleans, LA
Allways Lounge
2240 Saint Claude Ave.
with Yes Ma’am and the Drunken Catfish Ramblers

Wed. Oct. 9th – Athens, GA
The Globe
199 N. Lumpkin St.
Showtime TBA
Opener TBA

Thurs. Oct. 10th – Carrboro, NC
The ArtsCenter
300-G East Main St.
8pm – Hushpuppies open
9pm – we go on
$6 member advance, $10 advance, $14 day of show

Sat. Oct. 12th – Baltimore, MD
Creative Alliance – us with John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers).
8pm with opening set by Walker and Jay

“John Cohen joins this talented young band to perform old time music…while excerpting his documentary films on Appalachian music…”
$20, $15 mbrs & stus.
Maryland State Arts Council’s Cliff Murphy hosts a Q & A.

The Union Makes Us Strong

New from Down Home Radio host Eli Smith:

Hello everybody,

My friend Peter K. Siegel and I have just released an album of Union and Labor songs that we’ve been laboring over for some time.  It came out great!  It features a number of old standards of the American labor movement, as well as several that are not well known but are really good and interesting songs.  Many of the songs were penned by old IWW (Wobbly) song writers, including several by Joe Hill.  The songs are rendered in an old time string band sound.

The album features Peter and myself, joined on a number of songs by Andy Statman, Craig Judelman and Walker Shepard.  The album also features really nice liner notes – a 20 page booklet with an essay written by Cliff Conner, lots of pictures, etc.

We really tried to make a high quality album that sounds great and is accessible to people, so that these great old labor songs might live again.  If you are interested the album is available in all the usual ways – Amazon, iTunes, CDBaby, stealing, etc….  We hope you will enjoy!

Solidarity Forever…

– Eli

Washington Square Park Folk Festival 2013

Hello everybody.  Well the 2013 Washington Square Park Folk Festival is coming right up and its gonna be great!  Come out to the stage on the East side of the park on Sunday, Sept. 15th from 1-6pm.  Free admission!

Here’s the schedule:

1pm Baby Soda Jazz Band

1:45pm Peter K. Siegel and Eli Smith

2:15pm Litvakus

3pm Pat Conte

3:45pm Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen

4:30: Hubby Jenkins (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops)

5:15 pm: Square Dance! with Dave Harvey of NYC Barndance

Thank you so much to our sponsors for making this event possible: The Washington Square Hotel, Matt Umanov Guitars, NYU, the Jalopy Theatre and the NYC Parks Department!




Poster by Bruised Egos.

Unknown Musician Postcards

Have you read the Old Time Herald lately?  Just wanted to write and offer a plug the for the Old Time Herald Magazine and for their series of Unknown Musician Postcards.  They’re really cool, and affordable!  Great for putting on the wall or sending through the mail…  Order yours and subscribe to the magazine  today!


Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies at ETSU

On today’s show I speak with Ed Snodderly and Roy Andrade, musicians and professors in Eastern Tennessee State University’s “Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music Studies” program.  ETSU is the only place in the world where you can get an undergraduate degree in Bluegrass, Old Time and Country Music, and I speak with Ed, a songwriter and Roy, an old time string band musician (with the Reeltime Travelers) about the history of the program and their great work with all of their fine students!  I also play recordings of their music, and of the music that they teach and play with their students.  Ed is the founder and owner of an amazing venue in Johnson City, TN called “The Down Home” and we also hear from him about how he got that venue started.

Folk City Exhibit at the MCNY

 The Museum of the City of New York is putting on an exhibit about the “Folk Music Revival” in Greenwhich Village and NYC as a whole.  The exhibit is set to open in 2014, very exciting! 
There is a benefit concert in support of this exhibit taking place at the Musuem on Thursday, June 20th: