The 2021 Old Songs Festival is going VIRTUAL

We’d all love to be together this year, but the question of when we can gather in person again is still uncertain. The health and safety of our audience members, volunteers, and artists is of paramount importance to Old Songs. So, we will have a festival, but you won’t have to travel — you’ll be able to join us from home or wherever you happen to be at the time! Watch for details over the coming months about the virtual festival and how to join in the fun. Music, Dance, learn hows, Great Groove Band, and so much more. So, save the date — June 25-27, 2021.

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Reggie Harris — Virtual Concert

Saturday, March 6 at 7:00 pm ET

Singer/songwriter, storyteller, world-renowned song-leader, and community builder, Reggie Harris is a powerful interpreter of the global historical narrative and is recognized in educational and historical circles for focusing millions on the important role of music in the Underground Railroad, the modern Civil Rights Movements and in the discourse of issues and events in everyday life. reggieharrismusic.com

 

Buy Tickets:

The concert will be streamed on Zoom and simulcast on YouTube (with a slight delay). Login info to the concert and a reminder will be emailed to registered attendees a day before the concert. No Refunds.

 


Joe Jencks — Virtual Concert

Friday, March 19 at 8:00 pm ET

Please join the Old Songs community for an evening of music with dual US/Irish citizen and international touring musician, Joe Jencks. This live-stream 90 minute concert event celebrates the Irish American / Pan-Celtic connection in music and culture. Honoring the spirt of St. Patrick’s Day enjoy songs (original and traditional), stories, and history related the ancestors, immigration, the Irish/Celtic diaspora, and our hope for a bright future.

Joe Jencks is a 22-year veteran of the international Folk circuit and is known for his performances of musical beauty, social consciousness and spiritual exploration. Joe delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Jencks serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice that has the edgy richness of a good sea-salt caramel. Co-founder of the harmony trio Brother Sun, Jencks has penned several #1 Folksongs including the ever-relevant Lady of The Harbor

joejencks.com


Buy Tickets:

The concert will be streamed on YouTube. A link to the concert stream and reminder will be emailed to registered attendees a day before the concert. No Refunds.

 


Old Songs: From the Vault

Next Broadcast: Wednesday, March 17 at 9 pm ET

Every Third Wednesday of the month at 9pm ET 
with Encore broadcasts at 2 am ET and the following Sunday at 1pm ET

Old Songs, in collaboration with Ron Olesko’s Folk Music Notebook, is pleased to present Old Songs: From the Vault, an internet radio program hosted by Chris Koldewey on Folk Music Notebook. This program brings you music from Old Songs CDs and recordings made at the Dutch Barn and the Main Stage of the Old Songs Festival at the Altamont fairgrounds over the past 39 years.

Listen here or at folkmusicnotebook.com

 


Until we can be together in person again, please join us for virtual concerts and classes.

Offerings are updated often as new opportunities become available, so check this website frequently to see what’s new. We’ll also send out email updates. If you’re not already receiving emails from Old Songs, be sure to subscribe, so you don’t miss a thing! Stay well and safe.

 


The Annual Appeal for Old Songs

None of our programs would be possible without the tireless work of the artists, and your support. Your gift to the Old Songs Annual Fund benefits these programs and enables us to continue presenting the music you love while providing you with new musical experiences which no doubt you will come to love. We thank all of you who have provided financial support in the past or given of your time as a volunteer, and hope you are able once again to donate to Old Songs. Read more…
 

 

MAKE YOUR OWN MUSIC – due to COVID-19 – all in person events are canceled until further notice 

MONDAYS

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–June)
African Drum Class: 7:00 pm African drumming with instructor John Dickson. Drums are provided. $15

WEDNESDAYS

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

2nd Wednesday of the Month
Roaring 20s Jazz Jam: 7:30 pm Play and sing the popular music of the early 20th century from Ragtime to Dixieland to Blues to Swing. Led by Carle Kopecky. $4

3rd Wednesday of the Month
Traditional Irish Slow Session: 7:30 pm Play traditional Irish music with others. Led by Hilary Scrauf. $4

4th Wednesday of the Month (Sept.–May)
Contra Dance Tunes: 7:30 pm Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. Led by Ray Kottke. $3

SUNDAYS

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

 


Old Songs welcomes Joy Bennett as our new Executive Director

Effective September 2018, our founder, Executive Director and guiding spirit, Andy Spence, is turning over the reins of the organization to Joy Bennett. After an extensive search and evaluation process, Joy was the unanimous choice of the Old Songs Board of Directors and Andy. Andy will continue with as Executive Director Emeritus and advisor to the Board of Directors and to Joy. Read more…

 


 

Old Song, Inc. is funded in part by a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act


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

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 11 am–4 pm.
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