Beehive Field Recordings: Spaceworks NYC
These sessions were filmed in 2018 in the Spaceworks NYC studios in the Williamsburg Public Library and the Brooklyn Conservatory of Music by Beehive Productions.
All of the artists featured are New York City based except for Oliver the Crow, who are Nashville based.
Eamon O’Leary – “The Painted Road” from his 2018 release, ‘All Souls.’
Eamon O’Leary – bouzouki, vocals
Jefferson Hamer – guitar, vocals
Captured live at Spaceworks, NYC – Williamsburg Public Library, 2018
Eamon O’Leary is songwriter from New York’s Lower East Side, originally from Dublin, Ireland. ‘All Souls’ – his first album for Reveal Records – was released in June 2018.
iTunes: Eamon O’Leary
Jefferson Hamer – “Vagabond” from his 2018 release, ‘Alameda.’
Featuring John Fatum (The Rad Trads) on drums.
Captured live at Spaceworks, NYC – The Brooklyn Conservatory of Music, 2018
Jefferson Hamer is a songwriter, guitarist, and traditional musician based in Brooklyn, NY. His new album Alameda features Jeff Picker, John Fatum, Alec Spiegelman, Hannah Read, Sarah Jarosz, and others.
Hamer performs with Eamon O’Leary as the duo Murphy Beds, and also plays electric guitar and sings with the six-piece roots rock ensemble Session Americana when he’s moonlighting as a Bostonian. In 2016, he recorded and co-produced their album Great Shakes.
BandCamp: Jefferson Hamer
The Crimson Ragdolls – “Why”
(written by Jelly Roll Morton)
Megg Farrell – vocals, banjo
Alison Dineen – vocals, accordion
The Crimson Ragdolls are a non-male band made up of 4 people. (Ali Dineen, Joanna Sternberg, Megg Farrell and Zoe Christiansen.) They are all multi-instrumentalists, singers, composers, songwriters, and visual artists and their music covers a mix of genres including blues, ragtime, jazz, French songs, gospel, folk music, originals and more.
Captured live at Spaceworks, NYC – The Williamsburg Public Library, 2018
Oliver the Crow – “45” from their 2018 self-titled album
Written by Rachel Baiman, Kaitlyn Raitz, and Ben Plotnick
Ben Plotnick – fiddle, vocals
Kaitlyn Raitz – cello, vocals
Oliver the Crow’s chameleon-like ability to skip between genres stems from their roots as classically-trained performers (Kaitlyn has a masters degree in classical cello from McGill University and Ben has performed as a soloist with the Calgary Philharmonic,) but also from their love of bluegrass, gypsy jazz, and everything from Hank Williams to Prince. Raitz is a founding member of folk duo Bride & Groom, tours with The Bombadils and has performed everywhere from Carnegie Hall to the Station Inn. Ben is a primary member of the JUNO award-winning folk string quartet, The Fretless, and has contributed to hundreds of recordings as one of North America’s elite fiddle players.
Cait and the Critters – “Louisiana Fairytale”
(words and music by Mitchell Parish, Haven Gillespie, and Coots Mills)
Caitlin Allen: vocals
Josh Dunn: guitar
Gordon Au: trumpet
Alec Spiegelman: reeds
Larry Cook: bass
Alex Raderman: drums
Arrangements: Alec Spiegelman
Captured live at SPACEWORKS, NYC – Williamsburg Public Library
Cait and the Critters have played in numerous locations in New York City including BB Kings, The Woolworth Building, St. Mazie’s, Radegast Hall and Biergarten and on the Vintage F Line. The core band is a shifting cast of talented collaborators, instigators and wielders of fine instruments. Traditional jazz has lasted through the decades because the lyrical stories in standards are still relevant today.
iTunes: Cait and the Critters
The Wild Goats – “Jenny Hang the Kettle On” (Traditional)
Hilary Hawke – banjo, vocals
Brian Geltner – drums
Sam Kulik – tuba
The Wild Goats play upbeat and unique rhythmic interpretations of traditional Americana material and original songs. This Brooklyn and Queens-based band has an amazing and beautiful one-of-a-kind sound with Hilary Hawke (banjo), Brian Geltner (drums/percussion), and Sam Kulik (tuba, trombone). The quartet draws upon old-time, bluegrass, and classic country from a different era, to present a truly unique show with energy, joy, and virtuosity.
Beehive Field Recordings and Documentaries are independently crowd-funded. Learn more about Beehive and how to support this series at Patreon.com!
Spaceworks is a not-for-profit, support organization focused on creating subsidized rehearsal, studio and community space for performing and visual artists across all five boroughs of New York City. Beehive Productions has partnered with Spaceworks in order to help promote and celebrate art and music in the city where they originally got their start.
For more info on what they do, visit: SpaceworksNYC.org.