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Published on Oct 22, 2013
For more information, and to purchase "Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection", visit: www.folkways.si.edu/dave-van-ronk/down-in-washington-square-the-smithsonian-folkways-collection/american-folk/music/album
Dave Van Ronk sings "St. James Infirmary (Gambler's Blues)".
Recorded at the Barns at Wolf Trap in Vienna, Virginia as part of a 1997 concert honoring Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk Music. This recording is included in the upcoming album "Down in Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection."
Called "The Mayor of MacDougal Street," Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was a leading figure in the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades. His autobiography inspired the upcoming Coen Brothers film Inside Llewyn Davis, which features a performance of "Fare Thee Well (Dink's Song)" in both the film and the soundtrack.
Videography by John Paulson, Abby Sternberg Directed by Charles Weber Edited by Alexander Jusdanis