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Down Home Radio Show Host Eli Smith and The Jalopy Theatre are proud to announce the 5th Annual Brooklyn Folk Festival coming up on Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21st!Come out for three days of music at the Bell House, 149 7th Street, in the heart of Brooklyn’s Gowanus neighborhood.
The festival includes performances from more than 30 local and national bands in the fields of old time music, blues, early jazz, country, bluegrass, klezmer, Balkan, Mexican traditional and more! Plus a variety of instrumental and vocal workshops, folk music related film screenings, a family friendly square dance, and the return of the famous banjo toss competition!
All the information including schedule and tickets is at
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.
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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,
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!
Brand new on the Smithsonian Folkways label: “Old Man Below”
CD Release Show – Thursday Sept. 6th at the Jalopy Theatre!
With an opening performance by Blind Boy Paxton
Come check out the festival – It’s free and open to the public, out in Washington Square Park in New York’s own Greenwhich Village!
Saturday Sept. 15th
2pm Jackson Lynch – Blues and old-time singer, multi-instrumentalist
3pm Randy Burns – Songwriter
4pm Ian Link – Songwriter
5pm Stephanie Coleman – Old-time fiddler
6pm Banjorama – Banjo oriented jug band
7pm Whiskey Spitters – Blues and old-time stringband
4pm Ginny Hawker and Tracy Schwarz – Old-time and country duet
5pm Blind Boy Paxton – Country blues guitarist
6pm 4 O’Clock Flowers – Folk duet
7pm Feral Foster – Songwriter
* The stage is located just East of the central plaza/fountain area of the park. Seating will be provided.
Here’s what happened last year at the inaugural 2011 festival!
[Banner by C. Cassano]
Hello everybody, just letting you know about the upcoming Washington Square Park Folk Festival. I got hired by the Parks Department to produce the first ever folk festival in Washington Square Park. Gonna be fun!
The festival is FREE and open to the public!
Its gonna be an excellent two days of music, with 9 of my very favorite groups (including my own) gracing the stage and myself on hand to serve as your MC. Hope to see you there!
Saturday Sept 17th, 2011:
Sunday Sept 18th, 2011:
2pm Bob Malenky – country blues
2:45pm Brotherhood of the Jug Band Blues – jug band music
3:40 Frank Fairfield – Old Time songs and fiddle tunes
4:15pm The Dust Busters with John Cohen – old time string band
5:10pm Willy Gantrim & the Phantoms – original songs, country & blues
6pm Peter Stampfel and the Ether Frolic Mob – make a wish for a potato
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2011 also marks the 50th anniversary of the 1961 “Washington Square Folk Music Riot” when the City tried to revoke the permit for folk musicians to play and sing on Sundays in the park. They needed to clear undesirable people out so that they could satisfy local real estate interests and I heard possibly enact a crazy plan to extend 5th ave. through the park! Luckily folkies resisted the attempt by the police to kick them out of their public space, resulting in the “riot,” and the planned extension of 5th ave never materialized. There’s been a film made about the “riot” and the film will be screened at the festival.
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
Friday August 3rd
On Saturday July 14th I will be hosting, “Woody Guthrie at 100 – A Tribute Concert at the Jalopy Theatre.”
Songwriter, poet, political activist and Coney Island resident Woody Guthrie, born July 14th, 1912 would have turned 100 years old this year. Best known for his composition “This Land Is Your Land,” a song known as a second national anthem and sung by school children nationwide, Guthrie was a native of Oklahoma who moved to Brooklyn in 1940 and lived here basically for the rest of his life.
On Saturday July 14th, Woody’s 100th birthday, the Jalopy Theatre will present a tribute concert to Guthrie featuring a number of New York City and Brooklyn’s best folk music performers, including people that knew Guthrie personally and can speak about him.
The event will feature a number of performers including John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers), Eli Smith, Mamie Minch, Ernie Vega, Geoff Wiley, Jesse Lenat, Elizabeth Butters, Stephanie Jenkins, Bob Malenky, Jaime Longhi and others performing Woody’s songs. Smith and Cohen will also be reading brief selections from Guthrie’s works of poetry and goof-offs and Longhi will read from his father’s memoir of serving with Guthrie during WWII. The film “To Hear Your Banjo Play,” the only footage of Guthrie in his prime, will also be screened.
Saturday July 14th
Gonna be a great show.
Hope to see you there!
P.S. Don’t forget to check out:
The program was produced in 1940 by Down Home Radio co-founder Henrietta Yurchenco for WNYC and the recording was discovered in I believe in 2006. Down Home Radio rebroadcast it for the first time in 67 year in 2007 with commentary by Yurchenco.