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Pete Seeger, the Folk Revival, and the Old Made New: A “Musical Conversation” on March 24

John Cohen and the Downhill Strugglers

John Cohen and the Downhill Strugglers

The Center for Documentary Studies is co-sponsoring a lunchtime conversation and concert with John Cohen, the Down Hill Strugglers, and Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton to celebrate the legacy of Pete Seeger and the ongoing vitality of American folk music. The event is free and open to the public; lunch will be served.

Monday, March 24, 12:00–1:30 p.m.
Forum for Scholars and Publics, 011 Old Chem
Duke University West Campus, Durham, North Carolina
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John Cohen is a founding member of the New Lost City Ramblers as well as a musicologist, photographer and filmmaker of note. He has been one of the most important “discoverers” of traditional musicians and singers, finding and recording Dillard Chandler, Roscoe Holcomb, and many banjo players, most notably on the album High Atmosphere. 

The Down Hill Strugglers (Walker Shepard, Jackson Lynch, and Eli Smith) are an old time string band based out of Brooklyn, New York. They have released an album on Smithsonian Folkways Recordings and are featured on the soundtrack to the Coen Brothers film, Inside Llewyn Davis. The Down Hill Strugglers are extending the legacy of the New Lost City Ramblers by presenting the authentic sound of old time music to a new generation.

Jerron “Blind Boy” Paxton is an American multi-instrumentalist blues musician and vocalist from Los Angeles. With a strong interest in blues and jazz music before World War II, Paxton’s sound is influenced by the likes of Fats Waller and “Blind” Lemon Jefferson.

Pete Seeger, the Folk Revival, and the Old Made New is sponsored by the Forum for Scholars and Publics, the Center for Documentary Studies, MFA|EDA, Black and Global Banjo Roots Concerts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

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