"..a premier practioner of traditional music...highly dedicated...a unique asset.."

- Angus Kress Gillepsie, Ph.D. Rutgers University New Jersey Folk Festival


"...outstanding....knowledgeable but so natural...keeps his audience the entire time..."

- Florence deNagy Programming Director Caroline County Library Denton, MD


"Jay has an ear for traditional music that made me sit up and listen. There is fire in his fiddle and it'll spread to your heart. Catch him if you can."

-- Tom Paxton


"Good, solid songs from a darn good songwriter"

-- Gene Shay WXPN Philadelphia


"Socket to Me is an exceptional independent recording"

-- Dirty Linen


"Jay is a top-flight multi-instrumentalist specializing in guitar and fiddle pyrotechnics. He plays traditional and self penned music with real flair and excitement."

-- Steve Senderoff MC at the Bothy Club, Philadelphia PA


"A valuable resource to any organization looking to provide it's audience with authentic folk of a high caliber."

-- Jeremy Seaver President, Bessie Smith Society


"I have produced programs featuring over 300 folk-style artists and I consider Mr. Smar to be one of the best with whom I have worked"

-- George Graham WVIA - FM Pittston PA


"Aggressive flat and finger picked guitar. Warmly recommended"

-- Bluegrass Unlimited Magazine