Old Songs is saddened to announce the death of Bill Spence, one of Old Songs’ founders. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested that donations may be made to Old Songs, Inc. in Bill’s memory. Thoughts of condolence may also be sent to Old Songs and will be delivered to the family.

If you would like to receive information about the memorial celebration of the life of Bill Spence being planned for this fall on Sunday, September 15, please join this mailing list.

Read Bill’s full obituary here…

Saturday, March 23, at 7:30 pm

Born into a family of Newfoundland music makers, Matthew’s repertoire is heavily influenced by that unique musical lineage—the weaving of a great story with a beautiful melody—and he supports this tradition with powerful vocals, polished guitar work, and a presence that fills the room. His repertoire transcends time and place and his live performance reminds us how satisfying traditional songs can be when stripped down to their basic elements.


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Refunds are not available for this event.

Saturday, March 30, at 7:30 pm

The Tannahill Weavers are one of Scotland’s premier traditional bands. Their diverse repertoire spans the centuries with fire-driven instrumentals, topical songs, and original ballads and lullabies. Their music demonstrates to old and young alike the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. These versatile musicians have received worldwide accolades consistently over the years for their exuberant performances and outstanding recording efforts that seemingly can’t get better… yet continue to do just that.


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Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

Sunday, March 31, at 2:00 pm

Harp Workshop & Concert
at the Calvary United Methodist Church in Latham

In partnership with The Northeastern Mountain Chapter
of the American Harp Society

A Celtic harp player of international renown, William Jackson has been a moving force and a major influence, not only on the popularization of the Celtic harp, but on Scottish traditional music. A founding member of the group Ossian (1976-1989), he has also had a distinguished solo career as a performer and a composer. We are fortunate to offer an opportunity to learn from and enjoy the artistry of William Jackson as he presents a workshop followed by a concert in Latham.


  • 2:00–3:30 pm—Workshop: “Accompanying Other Instruments”
  • 4:30 pm—Concert

Join us! Explore the possibilities of the Celtic harp as it applies to ensemble and session playing with other-folk oriented instruments, then sit back and appreciate William Jackson’s mastery on the instrument and the depth of his connection to the music of the British Isles.


  • Workshop only—$40
  • Concert only—$20
  • Bundled cost for both events—$50

Download, fill out, print out, and send in the Registration Form or purchase tickets at the door.

For further information, contact Judi Gross at 518-810-8722 or by e-mail at: grossj920@gmail.com

Friday, April 5, at 7:30 pm

As both singer and songwriter, Jim Malcolm is one of the most distinctive voices in Scottish music. He has a huge repertoire of songs from the Scottish tradition and is a noted interpreter of Burns. These old songs are complemented by his own original and award-winning songs, which are at once completely modern and accessible, yet an authentic addition to the cannon of Scottish music. Jim plays expressive guitar in mainly DADGAD tuning, and simultaneously plays tunes on harmonicas to a standard you’ll seldom hear elsewhere. What’s more, Jim’s between-song wit has developed to an art form all of its own.


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Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

Saturday, April 6, at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm

So you think you can’t dance? YES, YOU CAN! Join us for a night of community dancing. Circle, square and contra dancing… you’ll learn them all and have a great time doing so!

Paul Rosenberg calls the figures with live music by John Kirk, Trish Miller & Patricia Kernan.

$8 adults, $5 students

In association with the DanceFlurry Organization and Proctors.

Friday, April 12, at 7:30 pm

Stu Fuchs has been called a “six string shaman” and lives to spreads joy and depth with every note. Stu is an internationally touring guitarist, ukulele stunt man and an award winning teaching artist. His former gypsy jazz quartet “Babik” (Bah-beek) played their progressive take on the music Django Reinhardt at festivals & clubs across the USA, on NPR and with Symphony Orchestras. Stu focuses on the nylon string styles of Classical & Brazilian guitar and had performed meditation music in concert halls around the world with renowned new age singer songwriter Snatam Kaur.  


Part of our Strum into Spring: Acoustic Guitar Workshop

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Refunds are not available for this event.



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. Kate Blain, MC. $3

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


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



The Annual Fund Appeal for Old Songs

The new year is a good time to reflect and remember those activities and organizations that enrich our lives and give us hope for the future in these challenging times. Your ongoing support, through participation in our events and contributions, has enabled us to present a wide range of traditional and traditionally based music for the past 38 years. Thank you. We could not do it without you. Read more…


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

Office Hours: Monday–Friday, 11 am–4 pm.
PO Box 466 • 37 South Main Street • Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466
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