2015 Fall Concert Series

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Saturday, September 12, at 8:00 pm

Pascal and Yann started their musical journey about fifteen years ago busking while playing traditional Quebecois tunes in downtown Montreal. Not too long after that, they formed the band Genticorum along with multi-instrumentalist Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, with whom they toured the folk and world music festivals around the world. Rich from their experience with the trio, Yann and Pascal return to the duo format to explore a more intimate approach to their music, focusing on Pascal’s large fiddle tune repertoire accumulated through the years and Yann’s folk song collection.

pascalgemme.com


Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Sarah McQuaid

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Refunds are not available for this event.


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Friday, September 25, at 8:00 pm

Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

sarahmcquaid.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Sarah McQuaid

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.


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Friday, October 2, at 8:00 pm

with (seated) Ted Pugh, the Chairman, (left to right) Lincoln Mayorga, pianist; Amanda Boyd-Grout; Sheri Bauer Mayorga; John Roberts; and Judy Staber.

Hear once again the old classic Music Hall songs sung by performers in ravishing costumes

The British Music Hall is a 19th and early 20th century entertainment of songs, jokes and skits kept alive today in small theatres all over England. The six performers in this production are all aficionados of the style, either by nationality or inclination—or both.

As a form of popular entertainment, “Music Hall” flourished in England through the latter part of the 19th century up to World War I. Beginning in the back rooms of London public houses, landlords in London would reserve these for entertainments, to attract and keep their customers happy through the evening. As these events became more popular, these rooms became larger, and the shows became more formalized. A string of entertainers would perform, each usually doing a set of about three songs, the these performers would set up a schedule, moving between several different houses in the same evening. The songs would range through comedy, melodrama, sentimentality, tragedy, with performers developing personae for their particular styles of performance. Typically the songs featured easy-to-learn choruses, and the verses were primarily a vehicle to get from one chorus to the next. Many of these choruses are still remembered, sung in family tradition—I’m Henery The Eighth, I Am; It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, and so on.

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - An Evening of British Music Hall

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If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.


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Friday, October 9, at 8:00 pm

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories.

Along with Celtic Harp and Story, his beguiling blend of music and spoken word concerts, Patrick has written and currently performs two acclaimed solo musical theater pieces: O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, which brings to the stage the legendary life, the turbulent times and the glorious music of Ireland’s most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O’Carolan, and The Fine Beauty of the Island, a musical journey to Ireland’s legendary Blasket Islands in search of a deeply haunting tune and the vanished islanders who played it. Patrick also presents an ensemble performance, The Flame of Love, a spoken word and Early Music retelling of the greatest of medieval legends, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult.

Patrick Ball is “a rare artist.” For in playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice and performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.”

patrickball.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Patrick Ball

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.


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Saturday, October 24, at 8:00 pm

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children’s author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances.

Sparky and Rhonda are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or their witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.

sparkyandrhonda.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Sparky & Rhonda Rucker

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.


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Friday, November 13, at 8:00 pm

Called a “genuine folk super-group” by The Boston Globe, separately and together they have garnered countless accolades and awards from radio, press and concert presenters both within and outside the folk community. Their musical alliance has served to bring their collective vocal talents to an even larger and more diverse audience. Priscilla, Anne and Cindy bring intricate arrangements to newly found musical treasures with an art-song vocal styling that crosses the boudaries of folk and classical music. Their empathy in performance is near telepathic, and the magic of a Herdman, Hills, Mangsen show engages people of all ages and musical backgrounds.

annehills.com/trio

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Herman, Hills, Mangsen

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Refunds are not available for this event.


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Friday, November 20, 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

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - “Down with the Rent!” The Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York

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Refunds are not available for this event.


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Friday, December 18, at 8:00 pm

Seasoned solo performers Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan have combined talents to create a dynamic trio named in honor of the river drivers who broke up log jams. They worked hard to find solutions, to get things rolling again, and it was a job that couldn’t be done alone. Dan, Peggy and Dan feel the same way about their music. These good friends and accomplished musicians bring a rare blend of humor history and musical spirit to their performances.

jamcrackersmusic.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Be the Light: Songs for the Christmas Season with the Jamcrackers

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Refunds are not available for this event.



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