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Acoustic Artist Series: Alex Smith (Adirondack Folk)

  • The Packing House 156 River Road Willington, CT, 06279 United States (map)



Alex Smith grew up in Long Lake, in the heart of New York's Adirondack Park, and his music strives first and foremost to echo the people of that area. He builds songs from a blend of traditional folk harmony and strikingly modern lyrics, confronting today's most pressing issues with grace while paying homage to the masters who came before him.

In the fall of 2012, at the close of his first extensive summer tour, Smith signed with acclaimed folk label Wepecket Island Records. He has since toured nationally with his band The Mountain Sound, been featured on Emmy-Award winning documentary “Songs To Keep” alongside Pete Seeger, Peter Yarrow, and Dan Berggren, and received extensive radio play nationwide.

When he's not on the road, Smith lives in the southern- Adirondack town of North Creek, N.Y. His first studio album, Hamilton County, was released in June 2014 and joins Live with Dylan Rice and Sawdust in his rapidly-growing discography. Close To Home, Smith’s next project, is slated for release in the summer of 2015. Website

This concert is hosted by the "Eastern Connecticut Center for History, Art, and Performance" (EC-CHAP). Doors 7:00pm / Show 7:30pm. Soft drinks and snacks available. "BYOB&F" - Bring Your Own Beverage & Food (Wine & Beer Only - I.D. Required).

For information and table reservations, please call 518-791-9474.


More about this artist:

Smith's mother is a historian and his father is a writer and boat builder. Their influence is evident in his attention to detail: each of Smith's characters, though fictional, lives and breathes a balance between beauty and imperfection. His stories draw on the triumphs and hardships of friends, relatives, and neighbors near and far.

Smith fine-tuned his ability to observe and capture human nature while earning his Bachelor of Arts degree from St. Lawrence University, where he majored in English with a focus on fiction writing. Taking cues from legendary Adirondack folk musicians Dan Berggren and Christopher Shaw, he works tirelessly to carry the music of northern New York to new audiences. Smith has had the privilege of sharing the stage with Berggren and Shaw numerous times, and is quick to acknowledge the value of their feedback and support.

What folks are saying...

"Alex is a wonderful poetic writer who captures words full of meaning, matching them with creative music that creeps quietly into the past at the same time as dancing with the present and sneaking a peek at the future." - Bob Everhart- Country Music News International

"Alex is not to be missed as an up-and-coming young singer songwriter and performer." - Ed Commons, Red Barn Radio (Lexington, KY)

"Alex Smith's songs blend the best of down-to-earth, authentic stories with an honest style and performance that engages from start to finish. See him soon- Alex Smith is the real thing!" - Chuck Honnet, Nine Athens Music (Boston, MA)

"These songs of Alex Smith stretch the expectation of what fresh, new music can say about ancient hills, the communities they hold, and their stories." - Dan Berggren, Adirondack Folk Legend

"When Alex sings traditional folk songs from his region, he energizes them with his own voice, arrangements and charisma. I sought him out to perform in the Emmy award-winning documentary Songs to Keep: Treasures of an Adirondack Folk Collector, and it's a real pleasure working with him." - Paul Larson, Producer, Mountain Lakes PBS

Earlier Event: January 12
Later Event: January 20
Film Showing: “Round Midnight” (R)

The Packing House  |  156 River Road, Suite 1301Willington, Connecticut 06279  |  (518)791-9474