In my opinion, the most exciting part about filming a live performance is capturing an artist in the moment of creating something entirely unique. Each performance is its own little work of art. Add to that a live audience and the results can be magical.
For the past three years, Beehive Productions has been the lucky host of the ‘Pewter Sessions’ — 3-song sets, that we film and record in front of a live audience in the historic, 100 plus-year-old Pewter Shop on the grounds of the Ashokan Center, near Woodstock, NY. The tiny one-room space is only big enough to seat 50 or so, giving the sessions a special intimacy all their own.
These sessions take place during The HOOT — a down-to-earth music festival held twice a year at the Ashokan Center. Produced by folk-roots duo, Mike + Ruthy, with help from a large volunteer crew, this sweet little fest is the epitome of grass-roots, community spirit and features local and world-class traveling performers along with family activities, local food and beer vendors, and on-site hiking and camping.
Here is the Boston-based trio, Lula Wiles performing a brand new song “Leave Me Now” filmed live during the Pewter Sessions at the 2016 Summer Hoot. It was about 100 degrees inside the little room during this set!
We are excited to be releasing a selection of this past summer’s sessions here on the FolkAlley.com blog every Thursday leading up to the 2017 Winter Hoot which will be held February 3-5th, and headlined by Natalie Merchant.
Admission is to the festival is “pay-what-you-can” and proceeds from the event fund Ashokan Center program scholarships for thousands of regional children.
For more info visit HomeOfTheHoot.com