Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance

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Country and Region United StatesNew York
Type of Festival Music
Location of Festival Altamont, New York USA
Festival Contact Information

Old Songs, Inc.
P. O. Box 466
Voorheesville, New York 12186-0466 USA
Phone: (01) 518-765-2815
Fax: (01) 518-765-4248
Email: oldsongs@oldsongs.org

Festival Description

Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance, known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. In addition to three concerts there are 120 daytime workshops given by performers. Also featured are a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a well-run children’s activity area.

About thirty artistic groups appear in nine performance (and participation) areas. Attendance averages about 5,000 people who take part in workshops, listen to concerts, sample from a smorgasbord of international food, or pick and sing under the trees. The three-day event takes place each June at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, New York, nestled at the foot of the historic Helderberg Escarpment, about 10 miles west of New York’s capital of Albany.

Festival Dates June 28 - 30, 2013
Festival Links


Festival Events:

Lineup 2013:
  • Scott Alarik http://scottalarik.com/index.php?page=home
  • Peter & Mary Alice Amidon http://www.amidonmusic.com
  • Molly Andrews http://mollyandrews.com/
  • Séamus Begley & Oisín Mac Diarmada http://musicalireland.ie/artists/seamus-begley-oisin-mac-diarmada
  • Gordon Bok http://www.gordonbok.com/
  • Maggie Boyle & Paul Downes http://www.maggieboyle.co.uk/
  • Hanneke Cassel http://www.hannekecassel.com/
  • Claire Lynch Band http://www.clairelynch.com/
  • Clayfoot Strutters http://www.jeremiahmclane.com/The-Clayfoot-Strutters.html
  • Corachree http://www.corachree.com/index.html
  • Todd Crowley & the Musical Petting Zoo http://www.diatoddnics.com
  • Archie Fisher http://www.woodenshipproductions.com
  • Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble http://www.footworks.org/
  • The Fourth Wall http://www.thefourthwallensemble.com/
  • Julia Friend
  • Beppe Gambetta http://www.beppegambetta.com/index.htm
  • Genticorum http://www.genticorum.com/en/home.html
  • Lea Gilmore http://www.leagilmore.com/
  • Sara Grey & Kieron Means http://www.saragrey.net/
  • Groovemama http://fiddlingdemystified.com
  • Joe Jencks http://joejencks.com/index.php?page=home
  • The Johnson Girls http://www.thejohnsongirls.com/
  • Kapriol’! http://www.kapriol.org/
  • Jody Kruskal & Paul Friedman http://jodykruskal.com/bands/paul_jody.html
  • Magpie http://www.magpiemusic.com
  • Beth Molaro http://www.bethmolaro.com/
  • Matt Munisteri http://mattmunisteri.com/
  • The New Boys of Old New York http://www.daveruch.com/
  • Chris Norman & David Greenberg http://chrisnorman.com/about_duo.html
  • John Roberts http://www.goldenhindmusic.com
  • Roger the Jester http://www.ijest.com
  • Sally Rogers & Claudia Schmidt with Howie Bursen http://sallyrogers.com/site/
  • Ken Schatz http://www.kenschatz.com/
  • Sheesham & Lotus http://www.sheeshamandlotus.com/menu.html
  • Bill Spence http://www.oldsongs.org/billspencemusic
  • Danny Spooner http://www.dannyspooner.com/
  • Toby Stover http://www.fakolidanceanddrum.com/index.html
  • Jake Thomas http://www.oldsongs.org/festival/jakethomas.html
  • George Wilson http://www.oldsongs.org/georgewilson.html
  • Heather Wood http://www.priups.com/heather/
Main Concerts 2013 2013:
  • Friday, June 28, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
    • Joe Jencks
    • Hanneke Cassel
    • Maggie Boyle & Paul Downes
    • Matt Munisteri Trio
    • Kapriol’!
    • Archie Fisher
    • Sheesham & Lotus
    • Genticorum
    • MC: John Roberts
  • Saturday, June 29, 6:30pm - 11:00pm
    • The Johnson Girls
    • Gordon Bok
    • Chris Norman & David Greenberg
    • Footworks Percussive Dance Ensemble
    • Claire Lynch Band
    • Séamus Begley & Oisín Mac Diarmada
    • Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt & Howie Bursen
    • Beppe Gambetta
    • MC: Scott Alarik
  • Sunday, June 30, 4:00pm - 7:00pm
    • The Fourth Wall
    • Sara Grey & Kieron Means
    • Lea Gilmore
    • Jody Kruskal & Paul Friedman
    • Molly Andrews
    • The New Boys of Old New York
    • MCs: Bill Spence & Roger the Jester


Other Sources:

Podcast interviews:
Festival Images:
  • http://www.oldsongs.org/festival/Images/gallery07/index.html
Free Song (MP3) about Old Songs!:
  • Written by Lou & Peter Berryman
    Read the lyrics and download the song here
Testamonials from past performers:
  • http://www.oldsongs.org/festival/quotes.html


Practical Info:

  • Online
  • Altamont Fairgrounds
    Altamont, New York, USA


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