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!


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:

Brooklyn Folk Festival Preview Concert

Brooklyn Folk Festival Preview Concert and Benefit

Friday, March 1st @ the Jalopy Theatre

9pm: John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers)
with Walker Shepard and Eli Smith

10pm: Alex Battles

11pm: The Four o’Clock Flowers

The proceeds from this concert benefit the production of the 2013 Brooklyn Folk Festival.  Get a taste of what is to come at this year’s festival, and at the same time help us raise money to produce the event.

Jalopy Theatre
317 Columbia St.
Brooklyn, NY

cover: $10


Doc Watson Family Milestones

Doc Watson’s daughter Nancy, Roy Andrade and others are producing an incredible 4 CD box set of recordings of Doc Watson and his family including Gaither Carlton.  They need your support right now to produce it, with less than 2 days to go on their fund drive: Click Here for the Kickstarter link.

This is a very important collection, which promises to be incredibly powerful, affecting and informative.

Here is a message about it from Jody Stecher followed by a short film about the production of the material and box set itself.  Amazing!

“Milestones” is the most moving and stirring collection of recorded music I have heard in a decade. I co-wrote the liner notes with Roy. “Milestones” is a book of Watson Family photo collages, assembled with scissors and glue over a 10 year period by Doc Watson’s daughter Nancy. And it’s four CDs of music.  The recordings are extraordinary musically but also historically as they comprise a major document of a local musical tradition that was made from within the tradition itself. Some of the music was recorded by Nancy as a girl. Her familiarity to the musicians she recorded gave her access to a side of the singers and players that a folklorist or “collector” from “outside” would be unlikely to ever see or hear.  This includes gentle loving renditions of beautiful traditional songs and tunes by her grandfather Gaither Carlton, sacred songs recorded at home prayer meetings and at Mount Paran Church,

New Weekly Show at the Old Gaslight…

Hey Everybody,

Ernie Vega – an awesome folk musician and friend of Down Home Radio – has started a brand new weekly show at 116 Macdougal St. (Btwn Bleecker and W. 3rd St.) in Greenwhich Village, NY, NY.  This is the same room that used to be known in the 1960’s as the Gaslight Cafe, probably the greatest small folk club of the 60’s era, where Dylan played, Mississippi John Hurt, Son House, Dave Van Ronk, Stampfel, Ramblin’ Jack, New Lost City Ramblers, all those amazing folks from that era.

A new club has opened in the same space and we are lucky to have a regular high quality FREE folk show there every Monday.  Check it out!

– Eli

Here’s a link for the facebook group if you wanna get announcements about the show.

All the Way from America…

Hi everybody – here’s some information on a show I am hosting at the Culture Project– a really nice theater on Bleecker St. and Lafayette on Friday, August 3rd…

IMPACT 2012 Festival at the Culture Project

All the Way from America: A night of Woody Guthrie, Labor, Union and Anti-Corporate Songs – hosted by Eli Smith

On Friday August 3rd, Eli Smith, host and producer of the Brooklyn Folk Festival and the Washington Square Park Folk Festival presents a night of historical and contemporary labor, union and anti-corporate songs.  In our climate of culture scarcity and political stagnation, one could forget that America has produced in its history a wealth of great protest songs.  Come to the Culture Project on Friday August 3rd for a healthy dose of this great historic material as well as original songs from today!  The show will feature several of the artists performing songs by Woody Guthrie, who would have been 100 years old this year.

Bob Malenky – Folk and Blues singer/guitarist

Jessy Carolina – Jazz and Folk singer and songwriter

Eli Smith and Peter K. Siegel – Old time union songs, with guitar and banjo, etc.

Jesse Lenat – Folk singer/guitarist and songwriter

IMPACT Festival
at The Culture Project
45 Bleecker Street (at Lafayette)
New York, NY 10012
212 925 1806

Friday August 3rd
Showtime: 8pm
Tickets: https://web.ovationtix.com/trs/cal/351/1343862000000