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Sharps Harvest
Friday, May 6, at 7:30 pm

Their presentation is devoted to the astounding collection of songs and music made by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles in the Southern Appalachians over three summers in 1916, 1917 and 1918. The English folklorists had ventured into the heart of the mountains to seek out old British ballads still being sung in remote mountain settlements, and their haul of over sixteen hundred pieces is one of the greatest folk song collections ever made.

In their presentation, Jeff and Brian, two highly respected performers and researchers of traditional song and music, sing and play some of the musical highlights of Sharp’s harvest, accompanied by readings from his diaries describing vividly the hardships and triumphs of song collecting, and a display of his evocative photographs of the singers and of mountain life. The music ranges from old ballads to American breakdowns, dance tunes, children’s songs and gospel, performed by Jeff and Brian on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and a variety of other instruments.



Tickets: $20
$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.

Old Songs Community Dance
Saturday, May 7, at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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1st Saturday of the Month (October–May)

Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Yummy desert potluck during intermission.

$8 per person, children 12 & under are free

May 7
Caller: Paul Rosenberg
Music: Fennig’s All-Stars

In partner with Homespun Occasions

John Roberts and Debra Cowen
Friday, May 13, at 7:30 pm

For over 45 years, British ex-patriot John Roberts has been singing and playing old songs, meaning that many of the songs and tunes in his extensive repertoire can be traced back at least one hundred years. He is also considered one of the foremost Anglo concertina players in the English-speaking world and uses the banjo for unique settings in many of the songs he sings. He can give the background of any song he performs, often telling the listener the circumstances from which it might have been written and from whom the song was collected.  John and his long-time music partner, Tony Barrand (another British ex-patriot) are often cited as influences and mentors to many listeners, singers and musicians when it comes to traditional folk music of the English speaking world.

Debra Cowan was once asked what kind of songs she writes. Her reply? “Bad ones. Besides, there are so many good songs out there written by others and they should be sung.” Her captivating warm alto carries each folk song she chooses with such emotion that you’ll forget that they were written by others. Debra started performing in California 35 years ago and began touring in 1998, with frequent stops in the US and UK. She performs a cappella and with guitar in the great tradition of folk singers like Joan Baez and Judy Collins, with a clear voice that calls forth the ghosts of long past but can also offer a more modern urban landscape. On her newest release, a live recording entitled Among Friends, she demonstrates her ability to interact with her audience and have them enthusiastically sing along on choruses and refrains.


Tickets: $20
$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.

Spring Into Uke-graphic
Saturday, May 14

A one day intensive for ukulele players featuring: Joel Eckhaus of Earnest Instruments and Jim Beloff of Flea Market Music, members of the Electric City Uke Club and the Troy Ukulele Meet Up, with host, Ron Gordon


  • 10:30 am: Registration
  • 11:00 am – 12:00:
    1. Beginning ukulele with Ron Gordon
    2. Chord Melody I with Joel Eckhaus
    3. Ukelele Emporium
  • 12:00 noon: Bring your Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:
    1. Fingerpicking ukulele with Ron Gordon
    2. Advanced Beginners I with Jim Beloff
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:
    1. Chord Melody II with Joel Eckhaus
    2. Advanced Beginners II with Jim Beloff
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Open Mic
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Potluck Supper (bring a dish to share)
  • 7:30 pm: Concert with Ron Gordon, Ukulele Clubs, Joel Eckhaus and Jim Beloff (Open to the public, $15)

Or call Old Songs to reserve your spot: (518) 765-2815.
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.–May)
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

4th Wednesday (Sept.–May)
Aussie Bush Band Jam: 7:00 pm
Play tunes from Down Under. with Terri Lukačko. $3

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

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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.