Dave Van Ronk Box Set Out

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Called ‘The Mayor of MacDougal Street,’ (also the title of his autobiography) Dave Van Ronk (1936-2002) was a leading figure in the Greenwich Village music scene for more than four decades. His memoir also inspired the recent motion picture Inside Llewyn Davis, directed by Joel & Ethan Coen.

Van Ronk was said to epitomise the ‘folksinger’s folksinger’ apprenticing through immersion in the folk music revival’s epicenter of Washington Square, mentoring musicians such as Bob Dylan, Suzanne Vega, and many more.

Drawing from unreleased recordings as well as from the Smithsonian Folkways vault, Down on Washington Square covers material from Van Ronk’s first Folkways album to his final concert in 2001.

Down in Washington Square includes 16 never-before-released recordings along with tracks from the Smithsonian Folkways archive, spanning early live recordings made in 1958 (one year before his first Folkways album) to his final studio recordings in 2001, just months before his death. The three CD box set contains  54 tracks, nearly three hours of music plus a 40-page booklet with extensive notes.

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

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