Sunday, August 20, 2017

The Third Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival Heats Up, Adds Little Country Giants

The Third Annual Oldtone Roots Music Festival Heats Up, Ads Little Country Giants

Hillsdale, NY, August 20, 2017 
Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529.

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 lineup this year starts with nationally known bands Foghorn StringbandThe RevelersJesse LegéDavid Davis and the Warrior River Boys and  Karl Shifflet and Big Country Show, and many regional and local bands. Down County Social Club, Country Life Real Estate, Catskill Tents, Ghent Wood Products, CMH Rapid Care-Copake, and Harney Tea have all sponsored bands, with St. James Place sponsoring the up-and-coming popular regional band Bill and the Belles who played Dewey Hall and Naumkeag at Night on their recent Northeast tour. 

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. 

Day tickets and camping passes are available at:

Saturday, August 19, 2017

See you at the Hoot?

Come reconnect with your community and enjoy beautiful music! Aug 25–27, 2017

The 5th Annual Summer Hoot
Just one week away!
August 25, 26, and 27 at The Ashokan Center

Come reconnect with your community and enjoy beautiful music! Now five years running, the Hoot builds community and connects generations through a shared love for music and nature.

Attend for a few hours or the whole weekend! On-site lodging and camping can be reserved. Local food, beer, and wine will be available. Advanced weekend and day passes guarantee entry and parking!

Weekend pass: $75 • Day pass: $25–$45
VIP Pewter Posse pass: $200+

Buy tickets now!
"Pay-what-you-want" tickets will be available at the gate while space allows.
Volunteers get free weekend passes!

Support your Hoot!

Experience the Hoot:

Come to the 2017 Summer Hoot!

Performers include:

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.
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    Jay & Ruthy show off the raffle prizes!
    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.
    Enter the raffle

    Lodging options:

    Bunks are available in the Women’s, Men’s, and Co-Ed Longhouse rooms for $50 per person. Bed with pillow provided—BYO bedding, towel, and toiletries.
    Camping passes are available for both “quiet” and “music-all-night” areas for $50 per vehicle. No RV hookups are available. Private fires and dogs are prohibited.
    All lodging prices are for two nights (Friday & Saturday) and include breakfast both mornings (Saturday & Sunday).
    Lodging details
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    Thanks to our sponsors:
    Ashokan Music & Dance Camps Alumni
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    Friday, August 11, 2017

    Oldtone's Main Stage & Dance Stage Schedules Announced

    Happy August Oldtoners!

    Our Fatbird Special is ending August 23rd - that's 12 days from now friends!  Save yourself up to $50!!! It will come in handy when you're buying some great, memorable merch from our amazing bands!

    We're excited to share with you our 2017 Main Stage & Dance Stage schedule. Workshop schedule will be posted on our website within the next week.

    Remember; "Participation is Preservation!"

    See you in September!
    Sept 7 - 10, 2017
    Cool Whisper Farm
    1011 County Road 21, North Hillsdale, NY 12529

    Monday, August 7, 2017

    American Roots Acoustic Music Festival Returns to Cool Whisper Farm - 3RD ANNUAL OLDTONE ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVAL - Hillsdale, NY, September 7-10

    3RD ANNUAL OLDTONE ROOTS MUSIC FESTIVALAmerican Roots Acoustic Music Festival Returns to Cool Whisper Farm

    The Oldtone Roots Music Festival 2017, September 7-10, 2017, Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 County Rt 21, North Hillsdale, NY, 12529.

    “Bringing these bands together for a weekend, musicians who have dedicated their lives to the music that hits us all so deeply, is an honor and a privilege. ” said Producer Matt Downing. Oldtone Productions was the brainchild of Kip Beacco, Matt Downing, and Jim Wright, musician dads who are dedicated to creating a fun, family friendly festival. Producer Jim Wright stated; ““We are aiming to be the picker’s favorite festival in the Northeast. We’ve got another killer lineup this year”.” said Jim Wright. The festival features exciting performances in Old-Time, Bluegrass, Swing Jazz, Country & Folk, with plenty of Contra, Cajun and Square dancing in the Oldtone Dance Tent.  Returning to the Oldtone Main Stage, Workshop and Dance Tents include Foghorn StringbandJesse Legé, Down Hill Strugglers, Bradford Lee Folk, and Run Mountain. New to the festival are The Revelers, David Davis & the Warrior River Boys, Karl Shifflet & Big Country Show, Corn Potato, Mona’s Hot 4 w/ Tamar KornCocek! Brass BandRoochie Toochie & The Ragtime Shepherd Kings, Bill & The Belles, The Po' Ramblin' Boys, The Feinberg Brothers. Local favorites include: The Lucky 5, Moonshine Holler, Easy Ridin' Papas , Bear Minimum,   Hopalong AndrewHilary Hawke & DublHandiTara Linhardt and the Oldtone 2016 Band contest winner : Gold Hope Duo

    Oldtone Productions’ motto is “Participation is Preservation” highlighting their dedication to the active preservation of the historical American musical oral tradition. History comes to life at festival, where traditional old time music is experienced through dancing, workshops, performances, late night jam sessions, and contests. Adding to the pop up community for the weekend will be farm-to-festival vendors, instrument and clothing vendors, puppet shows and children’s activities. Band and instrument contests are a highlight of the weekend.  “You won’t want to miss the chance to kick up your heels to The Oldtone Honky Tonk Revue, a raucous gathering of many of our main stage artists collaborating in the dance tent to create pure old country and honky tonk magic.”; said Kip Beacco. The Oldtone Roots Music Festival is a family friendly festival. Full 4-Day Camping and Day tickets available.

    Where? Cool Whisper Farm, Hillsdale, NY (just over the Mass line, where Grey Fox used to be)
    When? September 7, 8, 9, 10, 2017
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