Let us know what you thought of this year’s festival.


The Old Songs Production of “Down With The Rent,” The Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York State, presented ten concerts in our local area this year. It was very rewarding to hear comments about the show ranging from “I didn’t know that history,” to “the concert was very entertaining”.
Sunday, July 24, at 2:00 pm

The Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York

A concert of New York State’s hidden history in a performance of authentic songs and stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protestors in the 1840s. antirent.oldsongs.org

This FREE event* is presented by The Jefferson Historical Society at

The Maple Museum
221 Creamery Street
Jefferson, NY 12093

Reception to Follow.

Donations to the Maple Museum Restoration Fund are welcome. Visit The Jefferson Historical Society on Facebook!

* This event has been made possible in part with public funds from the Decentralization Program of the NYS Council on the Arts, administered in Greene County by the Greene County

Nanne Kalma and Ankie van der Meer-1
Thursday, August 11, at 7:30 pm

Since 1980, both in groups and as a duo, Nanne & Ankie (Kalma and van der Meer, respectively) have offered a wide repertoire of traditional as well as newly written songs in Dutch, Frisian, Esperanto, and English. Maritime and historical themes play an important role, but they also sing about humorous events from daily life, often putting music to Esperanto and Frisian poems as well as to lyrics by the Australian writer Michael Roads. In addition to singing, Nanne plays guitar, mandolin, and concertina; Ankie plays guitar.


Tickets: $15
$5 Children age 12 & under


Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.


1st Wednesday
Open Mic: 7:30 pm
Sign up to perform 15 minutes. Kate Blain, MC. $3

2nd Sunday (Oct.–May)
Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’: 1–4 pm
A singin-a-round for the whole family. pickingandsinging.org

2nd Wednesday (Sept.–June)
Contra Dance Tunes: 7:00 pm
Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. with Terri Lukačko. $3

3rd Monday (Sept.–May)
African Drum Class: 7:00 pm
African drumming with instructor John Dickson. $15

3rd Wednesday (Sept.–June)
Traditional Irish Slow Session: 7:30 pm
Play traditional Irish music with others. with Hilary Scrauf. $4

4th Sunday (Sept.–June)
Sunday 4 Poetry: 3:00 pm
Poetry Open Mic with guest poets. Donation

The Annual Appeal for Old Songs Inc.

To help Old Songs maintain our quality programming for another year, we ask for your support of whatever amount you feel comfortable giving. And please don’t be a stranger… join us in 2016 for a class, workshop, concert, dance, or festival: Black Creek Fiddler’s Reunion, May 27, 28, 29 and the Old Songs Festival, June 24, 25, 26.

Old Songs, Inc. is a not-for-profit, educational, 501(c)3 corporation

PO Box 466 • 37 South Main Street • Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466
(518) 765-2815 • Fax: (518) 655-0061 •

Old Songs events are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.