Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection

by Dave Van RonkDave Van Ronk


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The very template of the urban folk singer in the late '50s and early '60s, Dave Van Ronk was born and grew up in Brooklyn, learning to play ukulele, banjo, and guitar at an early age. Initially drawn to jazz, he was influenced, like so many others, by Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music, and began spending time at the famous impromptu Washington Square Park folk jam sessions. He developed a gruff, bluesy, intelligent, and authentic-sounding urban folk style that made him the Dean of New York's folk singers. This three-disc set spans Van Ronk's career, beginning with early live recordings he made in 1958 in advance of his first Folkways album, through his final studio recordings in 2001 just months before his death.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/29/2013
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074021323
catalogNumber: 40213

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dave Van Ronk   Primary Artist

Technical Credits

Scrapper Blackwell   Composer
Leroy Carr   Composer
Willie Dixon   Composer
Furry Lewis   Composer
Bessie Smith   Composer
Josh White   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Billy Eckstine   Composer
Earl Hines   Composer
Dave Van Ronk   Arranger,Composer,Adaptation
Billie Holiday   Composer
Brownie McGhee   Composer
Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup   Composer
Ronnie Freeland   Engineer
Matthew Fritz   Engineer
Arthur Herzog   Composer
J.C. Johnson   Composer
Joel Katz   Engineer
John A. Lomax   Composer
Fred Longshaw   Composer
Jeff Place   Annotation
Pete Reiniger   Engineer
Bess Lomax   Composer
Kevin Wait   Engineer
Andrea Vuocolo   Liner Notes
James Dempsey   Composer
Jack Gee   Composer
D.A. Sonneborn   Executive Producer
Joseph M. Davis   Composer
John Smith   Marketing
David Horgan   Marketing
Daniel E. Sheehy   Executive Producer
John Hurt   Composer
James Oden   Composer
Weissman   Composer
Ernest Rodgers   Composer
Laura Dion   Marketing
Jackson Foster   Art Direction,Layout
Ferdinand Joseph Morton   Composer
Craig Meirop   Cover Photo
Will Griffin   Marketing

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