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. Read more…
Don’t wait — Register Today for the Virtual Festival Great Groove Band, but no later than May 31.
You’ll get music and full instructions by email as soon as you sign up. There will be on-line rehearsals on June 4 & 5. Videos will be due June 8. The full concert video featuring your child will start the Sunday afternoon concert on June 27. Read more…
Next Broadcast: Wednesday, April 21 at noon ET
Every Third Sunday of the month at 6 pm ET
with Encore broadcasts at 11 pm ET and the following Wednesday at noon 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.
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.
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. 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