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HillyTown Video: Jacob Augustine

Back in December, we hosted a criminally under-attended show of excellent acoustic music at Mayo Street Arts. The final performance of the night was from Jacob Augustine, whose band – The House Of Fire – had just fallen apart. This was about as intimate as a public concert could get, and those in the room felt it as his strong but fragile voice filled every corner of the former church. The connection was apparent, and Jacob felt it so much that he wanted to come back to the venue as soon as possible – “After my first experience at Mayo Street I have come to the conclusion that this building was built specifically just for me to sing in. Seriously I love it.” On Friday, February 18th, before playing a show there with Hi Tiger, he spent the afternoon recording an album in the space. I stopped by to get a preview and make this video. Just watch and listen, and I think you’ll get the idea.

I realize the camera work isn’t perfect, nor is the sound – consider this an ongoing public education of my own use of a DSLR for video, while wrestling with the restrictions of iMovie for editing. But I’m pretty happy with the results.

Check out Jacob Augustine live opening for Nicole Atkins at Port City on Thursday, this Saturday at the Oak + the Ax or on March 3 at Empire.