HARRY SMITH FESTIVAL
Elk Creek Cafe
NOVEMBER 6, 2011
Starting at 2:00 p.m.
All proceeds benefit the Penns Valley HOPE Fund
Elk Creek Cafe + Aleworks and Chicken Tractor Deluxe are once again joining together to host the 4th Annual Harry Smith Festival, an afternoon/early evening event featuring multiple bands and acts performing songs from the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music. Among other things, Harry Smith was an archivist, ethnomusicologist, experimental film maker, artist, mystic, and collector of everything from Ukrainian Easter eggs to Seminole Indian blankets, to string figures, to 78 rpm records. Working with Smithsonian Records in 1952, Harry Smith released the Harry Smith Anthology of American Folk Music, a multi-volume work that is little known now, but which brought back to the light of day blues, hillbilly and Cajun recordings made between 1927 and 1933, and, some argue, single-handedly jump-started the folk revival of the 1950's and 1960's. The Anthology has had a tremendous, though little recognized, influence on American roots and rural music.
The festival is a homegrown cultural, aesthetic and civic insurgency with a first-rate lineup of musicians, both loal and "from away" including:
Guy Davis (The Bronx, NY)
Grain (Centre County, PA)
The Poe Valley Troubadours (Poe Valley, PA)
Jerry Zolten and Richard Sleigh (Centre County, PA)
Kirk Scanlon (Austin, TX)
Erin Condo (Woodward, PA)
Chicken Tractor Deluxe (host band from Penns Valley, PA)
This year we are exceedingly honored to welcome to Harry Smith, Blues and Roots Musician Extraordinaire, Guy Davis, who also performs a special, pre-festival show Saturday night, November 5th at 8:00 p.m.