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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 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.