Eli Smith is a banjo player, writer, researcher and promoter of
folk music living in Brooklyn, NY. Eli is a Smithsonian Folkways
recording artist and produces two folk festivals annually, the Brooklyn Folk Festival in the Spring and Washington Square Park Folk Festival
in the Fall. He has appeared as a guest on terrestrial radio stations
such as WBAI, WNYC, WKCR and WDST in New York and KPFA, KPFK and KUCI in
California. Eli has presented panels and discussions on folk music at
the Left Forum conference and at the Podcamp podcasting
conference in New York City. In 2004 He traveled to Caracas, Venezuela
as an American delegate to the Encuentro Mundial de Intelectuales y
Artistas “En Defense de la Humanidad” (World Encounter of Intellectuals
and Artists “for the Defense of Humanity). Eli also served as music
consultant for the Civil War film“Racing Daylight” (2007). He has performed and recorded with his old time string band The Down Hill Strugglers,
Peter Stampfel and John Cohen. The Down Hill Strugglers
were recently featured on the soundtrack album to the Coen Brothers’
film “Inside Llewyn Davis,” which was produced by T Bone Burnett.
Eli is currently preparing an "Oral History of Folk Music in New York"
book and is working on a new television series for Brooklyn Independent
Media called "Down Home TV" which will be a televised extension of his
long running "Down Home Radio" podcast.