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.
Friday, December 4 at 7:00 pm ET
Bruce Molsky stands today as perhaps the premier old-time fiddler in the world. His own personal authenticity deeply informs his music. Whether performing an ancient reel from Virginia, a Swedish waltz, or a loping cowboy ballad, Bruce presents himself as exactly who he is. He knows that traditional music is real people’s music, the honest expression of life as we all live it. You don’t master that by imitating others, nor by trying to live in other people’s worlds. You master it by being yourself; and at that profoundly simple and profoundly difficult musical art, Molsky is truly old-time music’s master craftsman.
The concert will be streamed on Facebook Live. A link and reminder will be emailed to registered attendees before the concert. No Refunds.
Next Broadcast: Wednesday, December 16 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 debuted on October 21, 2020 and 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.
Due to the Coronavirus and our desire to keep everyone safe and healthy, the 40th Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance has been postponed to June 25-27, 2021. We hope to see you all at the 40th festival.
In addition, all in person participatory events at the Old Songs building in Voorheesville, NY are cancelled until further notice.
3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–June)
African Drum Class: 7:00 pm African drumming with instructor John Dickson. Drums are provided. $15
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
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.
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