33rd annual Old Songs Festival June
28, 29 & 30, 2013
Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, NY
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
and instrument vendors, and a well-run children's
activity area. Click on the links at left
for more information.
**Volunteers needed for the festival.** Click HERE for info; call 518-765-2815
M-F afternoons if interested.
VIDEO OF THE WEEK - week of May 20 - Sheesham & Lotus
2013 PERFORMERS! Click on each photo below for more info
(and, in most cases, a video) OR go to the PERFORMER PAGE
In order of photos above, L to R:
Beppe Gambetta • Claire Lynch • Chris Norman & David Greenberg • Footworks
Hanneke Cassel •
Gordon Bok • Sally Rogers, Claudia Schmidt & Howie Bursen
Archie Fisher • Scott Alarik • Sheesham & Lotus & ’Son
Seamus Begley & Oisin Mac Diarmada • Genticorum • Magpie • Joe Jencks
The New Boys of Old New York • Heather Wood, Julia Friend & Ken Schatz • Lea Gilmore
Molly Andrews • Clayfoot Strutters • Matt Munisteri
• Groovemama • John Roberts
Maggie Boyle & Paul Downes •
Sara Grey & Kieron Means
• George Wilson
The Johnson Girls • Roger the Jester • The Fourth Wall • Coracree • Jake Thomas
Bill Spence • Kapriol'! • Paul Friedman & Jody Kruskal • Toby Stover
Peter & Mary Alice Amidon • Beth Molaro
Festival Schedule now available! Here's our jam-packed Old Songs Festival Schedule of over 120 workshops, sessions and performances! Time to study up and plan your festival. Some hard choices ahead for you, we know. Sorry about that! The program is always subject to change. We'll keep updating this pdf as we tweak the schedule, a little here or there. CLICK ON IMAGE for pdf
New Dance Floor!
We are pleased to announce that we will be able to provide a wooden dance floor in the Dance Building this year!
Image: detail from a photo by Bob Cohen taken at the 2012 Flurry Festival
Dancers have been begging for this for years, as a springy wooden floor is far easier on the feet and knees and makes for a more pleasurable dancing experience. We've looked into the cost of building and storing such a floor in the past, and the costs proved to be prohibitive. However, we are now able to rent a floor from the same outfit that has been providing flooring for some of the dance areas at the Flurry Festival in Saratoga.
One important CAVEAT: You must bring a pair of clean, soft-soled shoes to change into for dancing.
2013 Old Songs Festival Sponsor
The Global Child is a nonprofit school based in Siem Reap, Cambodia that gives bright, enthusiastic, street working children, hungry for an education and a wholesome future, the opportunity to pursue a progressive and rigorous course of study in a nurturing and empowering environment.
Friday Afternoon Events CLASSES & SESSIONS From 3:00 to 4:30 pm:
Choose from classes in Fiddle, Banjo, Gospel Choir, Mountain Dulcimer, Hammered Dulcimer, Ukulele Repertoire, or Western Migration in Song. Or join in the Swing Dance.
School age children who play instruments can join the Great Groove Band and - NEW this year - tweens can join the Boomwhackers Ensemble led by members of The Fourth Wall!
LATE AFTERNOON EVENTS from 4:45 to 6:00 pm Get a good workout with Holly Rose's Zumba session
Join the Drum Circle with Toby Stover
Sign up for the Open Mic or just come to listen. MC:Kate Blain
presentationon the Old
Songs Festival prepared for our application to the NY State
Music Fund gives a great overview of the exciting array
of performances one can experience at the festival. Time:
3 min. 11 sec.
Songs events are made possible with public funds from the New
York State Council on the Arts, with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature.