Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Upcoming Winter Shows...

The Down Hill Strugglers have a few shows coming up over the Winter months.   A good excuse to leave your house when you don't strictly have to!

Dec. 19th: Jalopy Theatre - Brooklyn, NY 
[John holds photo of Bob]
The Down Hill Strugglers featuring John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers) who will also be showing a selection of his photographs of Bob Dylan, Woody Guthrie, Muddy Waters, Rev. Gary Davis, Roscoe Holcomb and others…
Double bill with the Blue Ridge Entertainers
The Blue Ridge Entertainers
All the way from Johnson City, TN - the Blue Ridge Entertainers is one of the best string bands you will see anywhere any time.
315 Columbia St. 
Brooklyn, NY

Jan. 11th: Jalopy Theatre - Brooklyn, NY
The Down Hill Strugglers on a bill with Rafe and Clelia Stefanini
Followed by a Square Dance!
315 Columbia St. 
Brooklyn, NY

Jan. 23rd: Sticky Lips BBQ Jukejoint
830 Jefferson Road 
Henrietta, NY

Jan. 24th: Caffe Lena 
47 Phila St #1
Saratoga Springs, NY

Jan. 31st: The Ashokan Center Winter Hoot!
477 Beaverkill Road
Olivebridge, NY.
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen
We will be playing a late afternoon set followed by an 11pm square dance!  Should be great fun!

Feb. 1st: The Good Coffee House
The Good Coffeehouse at The Old Stone House Historic Restoration
336 3rd Street
Brooklyn, NY 11215

Thursday, September 18, 2014

Concert to Benefit

The Down Hill Strugglers is happy to be playing at a concert benefiting, a great organization working to combat climate change - Monday 6pm-9:30pm at Le Poisson Rouge in Greenwich Village, Manhattan, NY, NY, NY.

Come if you can!  It's an illustrious bill, featuring Patti Smith, Anne Waldman and more!

October Tour Dates...

The Down Hill Strugglers is hitting the road in October.  Look out!

Monday, Oct. 13th - House Concert
7pm - 2 Sets
Atlanta, GA
For more info:

Thursday, Oct. 16th, Friday Oct. 17th and Saturday Oct. 18th - Delta Hot Tamale Festival
Set times - TBA
503 Washington Avenue
Greenville, Mississippi

Sunday, Oct. 19th - Kentuck Festival of the Arts
12pm - 1 Set
3501 5th Street
Northport, Alabama

Monday, Oct. 20th - Sugarlands Distillery
7pm - 10pm 3 Sets
805 Parkway
Gatlinburg, TN

Thursday, Oct. 23rd - The Down Home
300 W. Main St.
Johnson City, TN

On these shows we will be joined by John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers):

Sunday, Oct. 26th - G.A.R. Hall
Doors 5:30pm, Music starts at 6pm - 2 Sets w/ John Cohen
1785 Main St.
Peninsula, OH

Tuesday, Oct. 28th - Techline Studios
7pm w/ John Cohen
307 South Locust Street
Champaign, IL

Wednesday, Oct. 29th - Old Town School of Folk Music
8pm w/ John Cohen who will also be showing some of his photographs
4544 N. Lincoln
Chicago, IL

Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Washington Square Park Folk Festival

Hello all - be sure to check out the Down Hill Strugglers at the Washington Square Park Folk Festival, here in New York this Sunday afternoon! for details...

Saturday, July 26, 2014

August Tour Dates...

Hello everybody -

  The Down Hill Strugglers has a few tour dates in Ohio, Kentucky and Indiana coming up in August, including an appearance at the Whispering Beard Folk Festival, about which we have heard great things.  Look out!

Thursday, August 21st - Casa Nueva
6 W State St.
Athens, OH 45701
(740) 592-2016

Friday, August 22nd - Clovene
203 Pope St.
Louisville, KY
No cover

Saturday, August 23 - Whispering Beard Folk Festival
1st St. and Friendship Rd.
Friendship, IN

We have a longer tour planned for the Fall, stay tuned for more dates...

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Remembering Henrietta Yurchenco on WNYC Radio

[Woody Guthrie and Leadbelly]

Hello everybody - Last week Down Hill Struggler Eli Smith appeared on WNYC's Sound Check radio program to remember the great ethnomusicologist Henrietta Yurchenco, with whom he worked for several years. In 1940 Henrietta Yurchenco had her own show on WNYC and was also the producer of Leadbelly's WNYC radio show. In 2007 a very rare transcription disc was discovered of one such program, with Woody Guthrie as Leadbelly's guest - What a broadcast!  Eli retrieved a copy of the recording from the WNYC archives and he and Henrietta played it on their podcast, Down Home Radio with commentary by Henrietta. 

On this episode of Sound Check Eli speaks about his work with Henrietta Yurchenco in the last years of her life and plays excerpts of the Leadbelly - Guthrie broadcast. 

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The Brooklyn Folk Festival's Comin' Up...

Hello everybody -

Look out for the Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen (of the New Lost City Ramblers) appearing on Saturday, April 19th at 9:45pm at the Brooklyn Folk Festival.  It's gonna be a great event!  The whole festival takes place over the course of 3 days, April 18th - 20th and will feature 30 different bands, workshops, films screenings, a square dance and a banjo throwing contest called the "Banjo Toss."

This year the festival prominently features Old Time string band music - including a number of our friends and very favorite performers from New York and all around the country.  Including Frank Fairfield, Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton, Elizabeth LaPrelle and Anna Gevalt, the Stone Mountain Wobblers, Dom Flemons and Hubby Jenkins (of the Carolina Chocolate Drops), the Tillers, the Blueridge Entertainers, the Whiskey Spitters, Walker & Jay, the Drunken Catfish Ramblers, Nathan Godfrey and the East River String Band featuring R. Crumb.  These are many of our favorite old time string bands in the world!  Its quite a collection and gonna be a great festival.  There will also be jug band music, Balkan, Andean and Indonesian music, songwriters, blues and a Pete Seeger tribute.  Look out!

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Spring "Mud Season" Tour Dates

Hello everybody,

Here's a list of the Down Hill Strugglers upcoming Spring, "Mud Season" tour dates:

March Dates:

All of the below concerts and events in March are the DHS with John Cohen of the New Lost City Ramblers and country blues and old time musician Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton.

Friday, March 21st - Calvert Street House Concert - Baltimore, MD
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
Contact nadia.ramlagan at for details

Saturday, March 22nd - House Concert - Charlottesville, VA
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
Contact houseconcerts434 at for details.
5:30-6:15 talk--John Cohen discusses Pete Seeger; then all discuss old time music and play a few tunes.
6:30 -7:15 pot luck
7:30-9:30 concert

Sunday March 23rd - UNC Fed-Ex Global auditorium
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
7-9:30pm - Discussion of Old Time Music and then Concert
301 Pittsboro St., Chapel Hill, NC, 27516

Monday, March 24th - TBA

Tuesday, March 25th - Belk Library, Boone, NC
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
218 College St.
Boone, NC 28608
2 – 3:15pm / Discussion and Music: Jewish Cultural and Progressive influences on Traditional Old Time Music
6 – 7pm / Discussion: Discussion of old time traditional music and a few tunes.
7:15 – 9:30pm  / Concert, Reception

Wednesday, March 26 - Boone, NC
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
4pm / Workshop at Jones House ($20)
7 – 9:30pm Concert and Discussion at Jones House ($20)

Thursday, March 27th - House Concert at Woodcrest Farm, Hillsborough, NC. 
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen and Jerron "Blindboy" Paxton
Suggested donation is $20
5604 Dairyland Road
Hillsborough, NC 27278

Sponsors: Black & Global Roots of the Banjo Concerts & National Endowment for the Arts

April Dates:

Saturday, April 19th - The Brooklyn Folk Festival
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen
9:45pm @The Bell House
149 7th St between 2nd and 3rd ave.

Fri. & Sat. April 25th + 26th - Hillbilly Days Festival
Pikeville, KY

Sunday, April 27th - Cincinnati, OH
The Northside Tavern (back room)
Doors: 8pm
Show: 9pm
Opening for The Tillers
4163 Hamilton Ave, Cincinnati, Ohio

Tuesday, April 29th - Louisville, KY
Venue: Clovene
Address: 203 Pope St.
Start time: 7:30 
No cover

The rest of the week we will be busking at the Kentucky Derby...