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Saturday, August 8 • 8:45pm - 9:35pm
The Down Hill Strugglers - Old-time

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Brooklyn, New York
Old-Time 

The Down Hill Strugglers (formerly known as the Dust Busters) strive to integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and jug band blues into every performance, infused with the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ high energy that characterized early string bands such as The Skillet Lickers, Dykes Magic City Trio, The Mississippi Sheiks, and J.E. Mainer’s Mountaineers among many others. They are influenced and inspired by the direct fusion of Scots-Irish and African music that took place in Appalachia, the Western states and the Deep South from the earliest colonial times through the Second World War. The band has had the opportunity to learn directly from living tradition bearers, especially Kentucky fiddler Clyde Davenport, North Carolina fiddler Joe Thompson and Kentucky banjo player Lee Sexton, as well as from their friend and mentor John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers, who himself learned from tradition bearers including Roscoe Holcomb, Maybelle Carter, George Landers, Frank Proffitt, Wade Ward, and others. 

Eli Smith was raised in New York's Greenwich Village, and began playing folk and blues guitar at an early age, soon also taking up old time banjo, mandolin and harmonica.  Eli has had the opportunity to learn from rural tradition bearers as well as from traditional music masters Mike Seeger, Jody Stecher and occasional Down Hill Struggler, John Cohen.  Eli also produces two folk music festivals annually in New York City — the Brooklyn Folk Festival and the Washington Square Park Folk Festival.  He has produced a folk, traditional and vernacular music podcast, Down Home Radio, which has recently transformed into a television program as Down Home TV on the Brooklyn Independent Media network.  Eli co-founded Down Home Radio with the well-known folklorist/ethnomusicologist Henrietta Yurchenco.  He has conducted many interviews and field recording sessions with traditional musicians and is currently preparing a forthcoming book, the "Oral History of Folk Music in New York City: 1935-75" which will be published in 2016. 

Raised in Virginia, Minnesota, and New York City, Walker Shepard has developed a strong style on the fiddle, banjo and guitar.  He has been influenced by the fiddling of Clyde Davenport in person, as well as by numerous sources from field recordings and 78rpm records. As a singer, Walker has been attracted to some of the most unusual and unfathomable voices of the past, including Roscoe Holcomb, Jimmie Rodgers, Gaither Carlton, Fiddlin’ John Carson, and B. F. Shelton. They all serve as a springboard for his interpretation.

Jackson Lynch was raised on New York's Lower East Side and began playing blues guitar at an early age, quickly branching out to include old-time banjo and fiddle.  As lead fiddler of the Down Hill Strugglers, he has learned music from a broad array of sources, including field recordings, 78rpm records, and directly from Clyde Davenport and Pat Conte.

Legendary old-time musician, photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist John Cohen was born in Queens, NY in 1932.  He played for fifty years with the New Lost City Ramblers, and has produced numerous albums for Folkways and other record labels, as well as films and photographs.  He has documented traditional musicians including Roscoe Holcomb, Eck Robertson, Maybelle Carter, George Landers, Frank Proffitt, Banjo Bill Cornett, Rev. Gary Davis and others.


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John Cohen

Legendary old-time musician, photographer, filmmaker, and folklorist John Cohen was born in Queens, NY in 1932.  He played for fifty years with the New Lost City Ramblers, and has produced numerous albums for Folkways and other record labels, as well as films and photographs.  He... Read More →
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Jackson Lynch

Jackson Lynch was raised on New York's Lower East Side and began playing blues guitar at an early age, quickly branching out to include old-time banjo and fiddle.  As lead fiddler of the Down Hill Strugglers, he has learned music from a broad array of sources, including field recordings... Read More →
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Walker Shepard

Raised in Virginia, Minnesota, and New York City, Walker Shepard has developed a strong style on the fiddle, banjo and guitar.  He has been influenced by the fiddling of Clyde Davenport in person, as well as by numerous sources from field recordings and 78rpm records. As a singer... Read More →
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Eli Smith

Eli Smith was raised in New York's Greenwich Village, and began playing folk and blues guitar at an early age, soon also taking up old time banjo, mandolin and harmonica.  Eli has had the opportunity to learn from rural tradition bearers as well as from traditional music masters... Read More →

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Down Hill Strugglers

The Down Hill Strugglers (formerly known as the Dust Busters) strive to integrate a wide range of old-time songs, ballads, fiddle tunes, and jug band blues into every performance, infused with the old-time feeling and freewheelin’ high energy that characterized early string bands... Read More →


Saturday August 8, 2015 8:45pm - 9:35pm
City Hall Stage 410 Abbot Road

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