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What happens when a show gets struck by lightning? Find out in this live album and concert film by this acclaimed VT folk music trio!
What happens when a show gets struck by lightning? Find out in this live album and concert film by this acclaimed VT folk music trio!
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Photo by Kyle Hayden
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We're the Phil Henry Acoustic Trio: Gary Moon on percussion, Phil Henry on guitar, banjo and uke, and Jeff Kimball on keys and mandolin. This summer we set out to record a live album, representing the sound we make on stage and capturing the feel of our live shows.

We got way more than we bargained for when the hall was struck by lightning midway through the first set!

Luckily, no one was hurt, and although the Brandon Town Hall's lighting system was severely damaged, our sound equipment survived. Even more fortunate was that our recording gear continued to roll, including full audio and five video cameras! Every minute of this once-in-a-lifetime story was captured.

Since then, I have been editing and mixing the audio to create two products:

  • A full-length concert album on CD (and digital audio)
  • A 60-minute concert film to be distributed digitally, and by DVDR to public access and public television stations in New England

We are seeking funding through Kickstarter to accomplish one main goal:

  • CD physical duplication costs ($1500)

We have separate goals of radio promotion and public TV distribution for which we'll seek other sources of funds.

We are very proud of our performances in this recording, and can't wait to share this story with our the world!

Camera capture from the film
Camera capture from the film

 

Risks and challenges

My challenges in completing this project are mostly technical ones:

1. Although I have recorded and/or mixed a dozen albums for myself and for clients, this is the first live album. Getting a clear, vibrant mix, and editing the right amount of crowd sounds and band banter has been a slower process.

2. Editing a 60-minute concert film is a HUGE undertaking! I have made many Youtube music videos, syncing multiple cameras with multitrack audio. I've learned to use Adobe Premiere Pro and After Effects efficiently, but I'm only at the beginning stages of organizing the material for such a big project. The challenge will be delivering this content in a timely manner.

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    Bam!

    Phil will walk outside and shout your name: "THANKS DUDE, YOU ROCK MY WORLD!"

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    • SHOUTING and public embarrassment.
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    Catch a bolt of lightling!

    Phil will draw a picture of you riding a bolt of lightning and post it to social media.

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    Sparks!

    Download the album as soon as it's done the mastering process, and gain access to online concert film!

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    Thunder!

    Get a physical CD, complete with stunning photographs and liner notes!

    The band will sign each disc and we will wave wistfully to the mail truck as it carries your CD away...

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    • Physical copy of the CD!
    • Album Download!
    • Concert Film Access!
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    Distant Flashes of Light!

    In addition to the physical CD, complete with stunning photographs and liner notes, you'll get a beautiful vinyl green PHAT eurosticker!

    And, the band will sign each disc and we will wave wistfully to the mail truck as it carries your CD and sticker away...

    Includes:
    • Green PHAT Eurosticker!
    • Physical copy of the CD!
    • Album Download!
    • Concert Film Access!
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    Christmas!

    In addition to the physical live CD, you'll receive a copy of the "Hudson Harding Happy Holidays, Vol. 9" CD (2014) on which Phil contributed the opening track: "Little Drummer Boy"!

    We'll rush this out to you for Christmas!

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    Lightning Strikes Twice!

    In addition to the new live CD, you'll also get a copy of the trio's acclaimed 2015 CD, "Aberdeen"!

    And, the band will sign each disc and we will wave wistfully to the mail truck as it carries your CDs away...

    Includes:
    • A copy of "Aberdeen" (2015)
    • Physical copy of the CD!
    • Album Download!
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    Run for Cover!

    Phil will make a video and post it to Youtube, performing a cover song of your choice!

    He prefers '80s pop tunes over Rickrolls, but he's not picky.

    Includes:
    • Phil videos a cover song of your choice!
    • Physical copy of the CD!
    • Album Download!
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    Rumble!

    You'll get your name in the credits as a thank you!

    And you'll get the CD, of course, so you can frame it and show to your guests at dinner parties. We'll sign it, too.

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    Inspiration!

    Phil will write a song about you and post it to Youtube! You provide him with the details- all your wonderful attributes and history- and Phil will ignore all that and write it about the REAL you.

    Includes:
    • Phil writes a song about you!
    • Name in the credits as a thank you!
    • Physical copy of the CD!
    • Album Download!
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    Lightning in a Bottle!

    The Phil Henry Acoustic Trio will write and record an original song on the subject of your choosing!

    Have a cause you're passionate about and need a rallying song? Want an anniversary song for your partner? Need a personal theme song? Jingle for your business?

    Includes:
    • Original song by PHAT!
    • Physical copy of the CD!
    • Concert Film Access!
    • Name in the credits as a Sponsor
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    Zap!

    Musicians: Phil records a three song demo for you, either at his home studio or at your house.

    Available only in the Northeast, and is subject to scheduling.

    Includes:
    • Demo recording!
    • Name in the credits as a Sponsor
    • Physical copy of the CD!
    • Album Download!
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    Burning Down The House!

    The band will perform a house concert in your living room, church, yard, town hall... wherever you gather! We can perform unplugged or bring our own sound reinforcement.

    This is limited to the Northeast (Maine to Maryland), and subject to scheduling.

    No promises, but your house PROBABLY won't get hit by lightning.

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    • House Concert!
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    Special FX!

    Musicians: Phil will produce a live video for YOU! He'll come to your gig, run/mix live sound, and audio and record the performance. He will edit and mix the best material into a half-hour video, with similar quality and style as you see in PHAT's trailer video.

    Limited to backers in the Northeast, and subject to scheduling!

    Includes:
    • Video production service!
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- (30 days)