Jeff Davis

Type: Performance
Art Form: Music
Grade Level: K - 12

A Winner of the Parents’ Choice Award, Jeff Davis is one of the nation’s foremost performers, interpreters, and collectors of traditional American folk music songs, tunes, and stories. He plays banjo, guitar, bones, spoons, fiddle, Appalachian dulcimer, Jew’s Harp, Native American flute, and several instruments in the mandolin family.

After a brief tenure as a middle school history teacher, Jeff began playing American folk music full time at schools, clubs, and festivals. Jeff has been a lecturer for the Smithsonian National Associates Program and has performed for school and community groups through the New York State Council for the Arts and the Ohio Arts Council-Arts in Education program. With his friend Jeff Warner, Jeff Davis has recorded two volumes of traditional American folk music for children, Old Time Songs for Kids and Two Little Boys.

Jeff has appeared at Sturbridge Village and Mystic Seaport regularly, and has performed at American folk music at folk festivals in the United States and abroad. He has recorded for Flying Fish and Minstrel Records. Jeff received the 1992 UMass-Dartmouth “Eisteddfod” Award for service to the traditional arts. He graduated from Duke University with a degree in Russian history but spent much time in North Carolina learning songs from mountain musicians.

Programs Offered

Jeff Davis performs regional American folk music for school arts assemblies in Massachusetts.