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~ Jack Hardy
With: Mike Bub, Michael Daves, Stuart Duncan, Casey Campbell, Chris Eldridge, Grant Gordy, David Grier, David Grisman, Sam Grisman, Alex Hargreaves, Bobby Hicks, Ethan Jodziewicz, Dominick Leslie, Rob McCoury, Jesse McReynolds, Tim Mensy, Tim O’Brien, Jeff Picker, Noam Pikelny, Buddy Spicher, Bryan Sutton, Tony Trischka
“Her songs, singing and solos, much like her demeanor, tend to have an inward-looking elegance to them; they’re the outward expressions of a searching mind and a longtime dedication to cultivating her craft.” —Jewly Hight, NPR
"Shawna Caspi is a mighty singer, a fingerstyle guitarist, a story sculptor, and a truth-teller, performs solo, but there’s a whole band under her fingertips. A mighty singer, a story sculptor, and a truth-teller, she has toured across Canada and the USA and believes in poetry and the power of one person and one instrument, accompanying herself with a remarkable lyrical fingerpicking guitar style. Shawna loves the landscapes of her travels and while weaving them into her songs, she has also been portraying them on canvases, painting one-of-a-kind works of art inspired by the rich scenery she sees on tour.”
“Shawna Caspi has the rare gift of presence, a warm presence that immediately invites audience engagement, from the first strum of her skilled guitar playing to the last exquisite note she sings. Shawna’s lyrics show, her music and delivery tell; her songs are beautiful stories that stay with listeners long after the CD is spun, long after the gig is over.” – Andy Frank, Toronto, ON, Founding Partner, Roots Music Canada
Increasing the anticipation locally and in the American Roots Music community, Oldtone Productions added Little Country Giants to the line up. Delivering pure, simple, and timeless rustic songs touching on country, bluegrass, and rural blues, husband-and-wife duo Cameron Federal and Russell Cook produce artful work on par with the finest of the expansive genre. This last minute booking rounds out an already-busting-at-the-seams smorgasbord of the best in traditional musicians gathering for the festival.
Producer Kip Beacco stated; “It’s hard to imagine it can get much better, short of bringing back some of our Roots heroes who have long since passed on. We keep getting lucky -- we were able to secure Little Country Giants at the last minute.”
“Participation is preservation” is the motto of Oldtone Productions. This event is a full participatory festival with performances, workshops, informal jam sessions and all-ages entertainment on the main stage, workshop and dance stages, and throughout the campground. Participants and artists are dedicated to playing Old-time music in the Old-time way. The artists perform old and new songs which reflect the timeless themes of love, loss, family, and adventure, with an underlying sound that is pure and organic, like it was in the days gone by.
"Kip, Matt, and Jim have a really clear vision of the experience they want to create and a deep passion for this music." states producer Beth Carlson.
The music and dance at the festival includes Old-Time, Bluegrass, Cajun, Swing Jazz, and Folk, all robustly informed by their traditional origins. Local vendors and locally sourced food is a highlight of the festival experience.
The Mammals (featuring Mike + Ruthy) • Arm of the Sea Theater performing Dirt: The Secret Life of Soil • Geoff Muldaur • Jay Ungar & Molly Mason • The Sweetback Sisters • Rhett Miller • Phoebe Hunt & The Gatherers • Sarah Lee Guthrie with the Hoping Machine singers • Dan Bern • Heather Maloney • The Revelers • Hamell on Trial • The Down Hill Strugglers & John Cohen • Billy Wylder • Upstate Rubdown • Lily & Duncan • Mikhail Horowitz & Gilles Malkine • The Bunkhouse Boys • Joan Henry • Chas Justus • Caller Megan Downes
Plus a range of family-friendly activities:
Local craft and food vendors // Arts and crafts with FiberFlame // Morning gong baths with Love Waves // Hiking, canoeing, other nature activities // Blacksmithing // A kids’ parade, other kids’ activities // Intimate concerts in the Pewter Shop // Workshops: Band in a Box, Songs for Social Change, flatfooting, fiddle & banjo // Empowering environmental workshops led by Earth Guardians’ Aidan Ferris // And late-night revelry: jam sessions, sing-a-longs, & a square dance!
The Summer Hoot is excited to partner with Whova, an event app! Whova allows you to see the whole weekend schedule, build your own itinerary based on the performances, activities, and workshops you don't want to miss, get notifications of last-minute changes, connect with other Hootsters, and more.
A $5 raffle ticket could win you your choice of a beautiful violin, bow, and case from sponsor SHAR Music, or free enrollment in an Ashokan Music & Dance Camp in 2018! You don't need to be at the Hoot to win (though we hope you will be)—winner will be chosen on Monday, August 28 at notified via email or phone.