2018 Musical Lineup: The Mammals, Spirit Family Reunion, The Big Takeover, Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower, Guy Davis, Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, Bill and the Belles, Nadine Landry & Sammy Lind, Johnny Irion, The Whisky Treaty Road Show, Sam Reider and the Human Hands, Billy Wylder, Little Nora Brown, Amber Rubarth, Huck Notari, Arm of the Sea Theater, Lyn Hardy & The Catskill Corral, Johnny Society, Sarah Perrotta, Amalia, Dave Richardson, Serious Juggling & Comedy, Love Waves (gong bath), Megan Downes (square dance caller), and a screening of the feature film "American Folk." Read more about the performers below (alphabetically)


Amalia

 Amalia draws inspiration from artists Joni Mitchell, Anderson Paak, the Boswell Sisters, and Emily King. The music is warm and full, complete with horns, harmony singers and rhythm section.  Check out the video for their song "Bittersweet."    

Amalia draws inspiration from artists Joni Mitchell, Anderson Paak, the Boswell Sisters, and Emily King. The music is warm and full, complete with horns, harmony singers and rhythm section. Check out the video for their song "Bittersweet." 
 


Amber Rubarth

 Amber Rubarth has performed her music far and wide, touring solo across South Africa, Europe, Japan, and America with her “unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era.” -Acoustic Guitar Magazine. She stars alongside Joe Purdy in the award-winning film 'American Folk' which will be screened at the Hoot!

Amber Rubarth has performed her music far and wide, touring solo across South Africa, Europe, Japan, and America with her “unique gift of knocking down walls with songs so strong they sound like classics from another era.” -Acoustic Guitar Magazine. She stars alongside Joe Purdy in the award-winning film 'American Folk' which will be screened at the Hoot!


Arm of the Sea Theater

  Arm of the Sea  is an arts ensemble that fuses visual storytelling with live music in contemporary works of mask and puppet theater. Their large-scale multi-layered productions delight and inform audiences of all ages. We are thrilled to welcome them to their second Summer Hoot!

Arm of the Sea is an arts ensemble that fuses visual storytelling with live music in contemporary works of mask and puppet theater. Their large-scale multi-layered productions delight and inform audiences of all ages. We are thrilled to welcome them to their second Summer Hoot!


The Big Takeover

 Nee Nee Rushie was born to sing and command the attention of a crowd. Don't miss this explosive, nationally-touring, Hudson Valley-based Reggae band at their 3rd Summer Hoot. Whether you're a dancer or a shy music-lover,  The Big Takeover  is gonna move you. Check out their acoustic version of  "Stay with Me"  from the 2015 Pewter Sessions.

Nee Nee Rushie was born to sing and command the attention of a crowd. Don't miss this explosive, nationally-touring, Hudson Valley-based Reggae band at their 3rd Summer Hoot. Whether you're a dancer or a shy music-lover, The Big Takeover is gonna move you. Check out their acoustic version of "Stay with Me" from the 2015 Pewter Sessions.


Bill and The Belles

 From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a  Bill and the Belles  show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented.“[Bill and the Belles] is committed to helping early country music remain appreciated – not just replicated.” — Rolling Stone

From sentimental Southern ballads to the popular songs of Tin Pan Alley to regional fiddle breakdowns, a Bill and the Belles show is a celebration of the diversity country music once represented.“[Bill and the Belles] is committed to helping early country music remain appreciated – not just replicated.”
— Rolling Stone


Billy Wylder

 Inspired by this journey touring the globe with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar hero from Niger, Avi Salloway wrote the material that will be released on his band  Billy Wylder 's new album this year. The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert: think Andrew Bird meets Ali Farka Toure, Pete Seeger and Talking Heads. Mother Earth is at its center, surrounded by stories of love, conflict, change and dreams. 

Inspired by this journey touring the globe with Bombino, the Tuareg guitar hero from Niger, Avi Salloway wrote the material that will be released on his band Billy Wylder's new album this year. The music weaves together American folk and rock with sensibilities from the Sahara Desert: think Andrew Bird meets Ali Farka Toure, Pete Seeger and Talking Heads. Mother Earth is at its center, surrounded by stories of love, conflict, change and dreams. 


Dave Richardson

 Dave Richardson is a kind soul from Vermont whose new album  Carry Me Along  weaves together threads of folk, country, and traditional music.  Check out his videos here.  In addition to being a fine songwriter has also been a frequent Hoot attendee. Welcome to the stage, Dave! 

Dave Richardson is a kind soul from Vermont whose new album Carry Me Along weaves together threads of folk, country, and traditional music. Check out his videos here. In addition to being a fine songwriter has also been a frequent Hoot attendee. Welcome to the stage, Dave! 


Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower

  Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower  make folk music for all ages that is full to the brim with timeless beauty. If you don't already know and love her, check out these two exquisite videos for " Froggy Went a-Courtin " and " Sleep Eye ." This year she will treat us to some songs en Español from her new album with Suni Paz. 

Elizabeth Mitchell & You Are My Flower make folk music for all ages that is full to the brim with timeless beauty. If you don't already know and love her, check out these two exquisite videos for "Froggy Went a-Courtin" and "Sleep Eye." This year she will treat us to some songs en Español from her new album with Suni Paz. 


Guy Davis

  Guy Davis  once said, “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have the dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust off just enough to see its beauty is something Guy has excelled at for over twenty years of songwriting and performing. Guy's style is influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy,  Lightnin’ Hopkins and Babatunde Olatunji, and he pays solid tribute to folks like Libba Cotton, Leadbelly, Brownie McGhee and harmonica legend Sonny Terry. We're honored to welcome Guy to his first Hoot!

Guy Davis once said, “I like antiques and old things, old places, that still have the dust of those who’ve gone before us lying upon them.” Blowing that dust off just enough to see its beauty is something Guy has excelled at for over twenty years of songwriting and performing. Guy's style is influenced by artists like Blind Willie McTell and Big Bill Broonzy,  Lightnin’ Hopkins and Babatunde Olatunji, and he pays solid tribute to folks like Libba Cotton, Leadbelly, Brownie McGhee and harmonica legend Sonny Terry. We're honored to welcome Guy to his first Hoot!


Huck Notari

  "Play my guitar in the wintertime Play my banjo in the fall   Play my fiddle in the springtime When the summer comes I'll have learned to play them all"  That's a pretty great chorus by Huck Notari from his album "Very Long Dream" which we love. There's a simple grace and magic in his songs and we hope you'll think so too. We met him in the Pacific NW but he recently moved back to the Northeast. Our gain!

"Play my guitar in the wintertime
Play my banjo in the fall

Play my fiddle in the springtime
When the summer comes I'll have learned to play them all"

That's a pretty great chorus by Huck Notari from his album "Very Long Dream" which we love. There's a simple grace and magic in his songs and we hope you'll think so too. We met him in the Pacific NW but he recently moved back to the Northeast. Our gain!


Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

  Jay Ungar & Molly Mason , have contributed immense vision and hard work to preserving Ashokan and it's music and nature programs. From organizing big-picture development to playing " Home Grown Tomatoes " and " Ashokan Farewell " for visiting 5th graders nearly every week, their leadership and love of Ashokan has helped to preserve the land and "safe place to try new things" for thousands of adults and children to experience each year. 

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason, have contributed immense vision and hard work to preserving Ashokan and it's music and nature programs. From organizing big-picture development to playing "Home Grown Tomatoes" and "Ashokan Farewell" for visiting 5th graders nearly every week, their leadership and love of Ashokan has helped to preserve the land and "safe place to try new things" for thousands of adults and children to experience each year. 


Johnny Irion

  Johnny Irion  has sometimes been described in terms of his collaborators, family lineage, and sound-alikes. But what lies at the center is the beating heart of a great folk songwriter, an unstoppably creative musician, a charismatic vocalist with thousands of miles under his worn, leather belt. You can feel it all on  his new album  Driving Friend.    Hear him talk to NPR's Scott Simon on Morning Edition.  

Johnny Irion has sometimes been described in terms of his collaborators, family lineage, and sound-alikes. But what lies at the center is the beating heart of a great folk songwriter, an unstoppably creative musician, a charismatic vocalist with thousands of miles under his worn, leather belt. You can feel it all on his new album Driving Friend. Hear him talk to NPR's Scott Simon on Morning Edition. 


Johnny Society

 "Johnny Society is led by a songwriting machine with a rock star's voice." - The New York Times"Johnny Society frontman Kenny Siegal is a madman on guitar, piano and harpsichord, plowing through wild arrangements that hearken back to ambitiously orchestrated 70s arena rock, touching on glam and a soulful strain of Britpop that evokes modern bands like Oasis as well as some oldies." - Time Out NY

"Johnny Society is led by a songwriting machine with a rock star's voice." - The New York Times"Johnny Society frontman Kenny Siegal is a madman on guitar, piano and harpsichord, plowing through wild arrangements that hearken back to ambitiously orchestrated 70s arena rock, touching on glam and a soulful strain of Britpop that evokes modern bands like Oasis as well as some oldies." - Time Out NY


Little Nora Brown

 Those of you who attended the 2018 Winter Hoot already know  Little Nora Brown  and have no doubt fallen under her spell. She carries her extreme talent with ease and delves deep each time she plays and sings. If you are into the authentic, hard-thumping clawhammer banjo and vocals that produce goosebumps, don't miss this youngster. 

Those of you who attended the 2018 Winter Hoot already know Little Nora Brown and have no doubt fallen under her spell. She carries her extreme talent with ease and delves deep each time she plays and sings. If you are into the authentic, hard-thumping clawhammer banjo and vocals that produce goosebumps, don't miss this youngster. 


Lyn Hardy & the Catskill Corral

 Visitors to the Pines in Mt Tremper have been treated to some fine Honky Tonk music of late!  Lyn Hardy  (Ruth's Mom and Woodstock's favorite luthier) will be singing her heart out with Rob Stein on pedal steel, Konrad Meissner on bass, Danny Blume on guitar, Jeff Lipstein on drums, and perhaps a few surprise guests as well. Bring dem boots and get ready to dance!

Visitors to the Pines in Mt Tremper have been treated to some fine Honky Tonk music of late! Lyn Hardy (Ruth's Mom and Woodstock's favorite luthier) will be singing her heart out with Rob Stein on pedal steel, Konrad Meissner on bass, Danny Blume on guitar, Jeff Lipstein on drums, and perhaps a few surprise guests as well. Bring dem boots and get ready to dance!


Love Waves

 First thing each morning you will hear the meditative and healing sounds of two gongs ring out across Hoot Hill to bless the entire festival site. Love Waves is comprised of Neslihan Sukh Inder Lord and Theresa Widmann, Kundalini Yoga teachers from  Anahata  in Kingston. Love Waves is so very grateful to be a part of the magic of the Hoot and for the opportunity to bathe all Hootsters with the healing sounds of the gongs. 

First thing each morning you will hear the meditative and healing sounds of two gongs ring out across Hoot Hill to bless the entire festival site. Love Waves is comprised of Neslihan Sukh Inder Lord and Theresa Widmann, Kundalini Yoga teachers from Anahata in Kingston. Love Waves is so very grateful to be a part of the magic of the Hoot and for the opportunity to bathe all Hootsters with the healing sounds of the gongs. 


The Mammals

 Some of you may know us as Mike + Ruthy. We're the ones who've been throwing this Hoot (with an amazing team of Hoot Heroes and Ashokan Staff) since 2013.  This is our band, The Mammals!  We just released a new album called   Sunshiner  . One of our favorite reviews so far said, "Indeed, the Mammals are all heart, and Sunshiner seems to be packed with ideas about how love will yet win over darkness and fear." 

Some of you may know us as Mike + Ruthy. We're the ones who've been throwing this Hoot (with an amazing team of Hoot Heroes and Ashokan Staff) since 2013. This is our band, The Mammals! We just released a new album called Sunshiner. One of our favorite reviews so far said, "Indeed, the Mammals are all heart, and Sunshiner seems to be packed with ideas about how love will yet win over darkness and fear." 


Max's New Hat

 Max's New Hat is an electro-Balkan outfit that plays the dance party and wedding music of Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria. We are excited to welcome these feisty locals to their first Summer Hoot. Just try to sit still for this, folks!

Max's New Hat is an electro-Balkan outfit that plays the dance party and wedding music of Serbia, Macedonia, Greece and Bulgaria. We are excited to welcome these feisty locals to their first Summer Hoot. Just try to sit still for this, folks!


Megan Downes

  Megan Downes grew up dancing in New York City's traditional Irish music community before moving south to work with one of the best bluegrass bands in the country as a principal dancer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble.   Megan is now the Artistic Director of  New York's City Stompers . We're so excited that she's calling the Saturday night Hoot Square Dance and teaching a flat-footing workshop!

Megan Downes grew up dancing in New York City's traditional Irish music community before moving south to work with one of the best bluegrass bands in the country as a principal dancer with Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble. Megan is now the Artistic Director of New York's City Stompers. We're so excited that she's calling the Saturday night Hoot Square Dance and teaching a flat-footing workshop!


Nadine Landry & Stephen "Sammy" Lind

  Nadine Landry and Stephen “Sammy” Lind  are members of the internationally acclaimed Foghorn Stringband, out of Portland, Oregon, USA. They play traditional fiddle music that has been passed on for hundreds of years, classics of the south west Louisiana Cajun dance halls and songs that could have filled a 50s smoky bar jukebox.

Nadine Landry and Stephen “Sammy” Lind are members of the internationally acclaimed Foghorn Stringband, out of Portland, Oregon, USA. They play traditional fiddle music that has been passed on for hundreds of years, classics of the south west Louisiana Cajun dance halls and songs that could have filled a 50s smoky bar jukebox.


The Restless Age

 Will Bryant, Lee Falco, and Brandon Morrison are The Resteless Age, with a fierce level of musicianship and a vocal blend honed over years of supporting other great players - from Connor Kennedy to Donald Fagen - and a pantheon of other local musicians who have recorded at The Building, their studio in Marlboro, NY.  Here's a song from their recent NYC show.

Will Bryant, Lee Falco, and Brandon Morrison are The Resteless Age, with a fierce level of musicianship and a vocal blend honed over years of supporting other great players - from Connor Kennedy to Donald Fagen - and a pantheon of other local musicians who have recorded at The Building, their studio in Marlboro, NY. Here's a song from their recent NYC show.


Sam Reider & The Human Hands

 We heard  Sam Reider & The Human Hands play the original composition  "Skeleton Rag"   and couldn't get it out of our heads. Beware, you may have this same reaction to the contagious joy and fluid motion of this Balkan-tinged, accordion-fronted party. "An exceptionally gifted bandleader and composer." - Songlines  "He's got rhythm. And for someone his age, plenty of soul, too.” - San Francisco Chronicle

We heard Sam Reider & The Human Hands play the original composition "Skeleton Rag" and couldn't get it out of our heads. Beware, you may have this same reaction to the contagious joy and fluid motion of this Balkan-tinged, accordion-fronted party. "An exceptionally gifted bandleader and composer." - Songlines "He's got rhythm. And for someone his age, plenty of soul, too.” - San Francisco Chronicle


Sarah Perrotta

  Sarah Perrotta  has composed music on the piano and sang since early childhood. Drawing from many influences, including classical, jazz, rock and experimental, Perrotta describes her musical style as “atmospheric rock”. "This is the stuff of dreams, but like the real thing it's never frivolous or boring. Dreams always leave us aroused by their strangeness, depth and beauty, and that's what Perrotta will be known for." -Sharon Nichols, Chronogram Magazine

Sarah Perrotta has composed music on the piano and sang since early childhood. Drawing from many influences, including classical, jazz, rock and experimental, Perrotta describes her musical style as “atmospheric rock”. "This is the stuff of dreams, but like the real thing it's never frivolous or boring. Dreams always leave us aroused by their strangeness, depth and beauty, and that's what Perrotta will be known for." -Sharon Nichols, Chronogram Magazine


Seth Bernard

 If your heart craves truth bombs and a musical soundtrack for personal and cultural growth, Seth's your man.  His song "American Earth"  begins with lines like  "Founded in genocide, we're stewards of a catastrophe"  and then comes to rest with "and our families fell apart years ago but somehow stayed together." He hosts  Earthwork Harvest Gathering , a stunning Michigan festival which inspired ours in every way. Hallelujah, he's coming to the Hoot!

If your heart craves truth bombs and a musical soundtrack for personal and cultural growth, Seth's your man. His song "American Earth" begins with lines like "Founded in genocide, we're stewards of a catastrophe" and then comes to rest with "and our families fell apart years ago but somehow stayed together." He hosts Earthwork Harvest Gathering, a stunning Michigan festival which inspired ours in every way. Hallelujah, he's coming to the Hoot!


Spirit Family Reunion

  Spirit Family Reunion  is coming to play another Hoot!! We're so excited to hear their special concoction of of raw, high energy, "open door gospel" music. Here's  a Pewter Session video  from this year's Winter Hoot of their song  Ride Free. 

Spirit Family Reunion is coming to play another Hoot!! We're so excited to hear their special concoction of of raw, high energy, "open door gospel" music. Here's a Pewter Session video from this year's Winter Hoot of their song Ride Free. 


Serious Juggling & Comedy

 Since the very first Summer Hoot (pictured)  Tony Duncan  has been a regular performer between (and during) musical acts on Hoot Hill. This year we're excited to have him back for more of his juggling, comedy and hijinks.  Check out his videos!

Since the very first Summer Hoot (pictured) Tony Duncan has been a regular performer between (and during) musical acts on Hoot Hill. This year we're excited to have him back for more of his juggling, comedy and hijinks. Check out his videos!


The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow

 The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is Greg Smith, David Tanklefsky, Billy Keane, Tory Hanna, and Chris Merenda (Mike's brother.) A spontaneous collaboration evolved into an addictive and audience-pleasing super-group with a knack for straddling the songwriter, folk, jam, and string-band genres. Their memorable songs and energetic spirit are known well in their Berkshire home and gaining momentum nationwide.  Check out their video tribute to James Taylor.  

The Whiskey Treaty Roadshow is Greg Smith, David Tanklefsky, Billy Keane, Tory Hanna, and Chris Merenda (Mike's brother.) A spontaneous collaboration evolved into an addictive and audience-pleasing super-group with a knack for straddling the songwriter, folk, jam, and string-band genres. Their memorable songs and energetic spirit are known well in their Berkshire home and gaining momentum nationwide. Check out their video tribute to James Taylor. 


Thank you to all of our generous performers!


While you're at the Hoot, you can also check out the blacksmithing, visit the sheep, go on a group hike to Cathedral Gorge, camp in a tent, sleep in a bunk, play music under the stars, sing by a campfire, learn to square dance, improve your juggling, participate in some cool music & dance workshops, see a film, bond with the trees, meet our craft vendors, eat local food, drink local beer and cider, try a hula hoop, see an old friend, make a new friend, sing an old song, and make a new one.