An Afternoon with Tom Lewis

Thursday, May 20 at 2:30 pm EDT

A chance to spend an afternoon with Tom Lewis (virtually). Five folk organizations (Old Songs, Inc, the Folk Music Society of New York, Inc, Folk Song Society of Greater Boston, Folklore Society of Greater Washington, and Branford Folk Song Society) have teamed up with Janie Meneely & Rob Van Sante (Falcon Audio Visual Arts Studio) to bring you this live-streamed event from Whitby, UK.
 
Many of you have had the opportunity over the years to see and hear Tom at the Old Songs Festival or in concert at the Old Songs Community Arts Center in Voorheesville, NY. Until touring is safe for everyone again, we are happy to bring Tom to you virtually.
 
Tom Lewis loves to sing. And he loves it when people sing along. His powerful voice easily reaches to the rafters and just seems to pull other voices up aloft with it. Known throughout the maritime music world for penning classics like A Sailor Ain’t a Sailor (The Last Shanty)Marching InlandSailor’s Prayer (the one where the dove has wings as sharp as razors), Tom is just as likely to belt out a traditional sea chantey pulled straight from Davy Jones locker. He’ll even tell you a story, and it might even be true!
 
Tom got hooked on sea music when he heard the likes of Louis Killen, Archie Fisher and Ewan McColl in his early folk club days. During his 23 years as a submariner in Her Majesty’s Navy, Tom never missed the chance to visit folk clubs, concerts and festivals, building a reputation that has spread across three continents. Add to his credit ten albums and a hefty songbook.

 

Buy Tickets:

The concert will be streamed on YouTube. A link to the concert and a reminder will be emailed to registered attendees a day before the concert. The Concert will remain available for viewing for at least a week after the live premiere. No Refunds.

 


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…

 


Missed a Virtual Concert? Watch them here! 

 


Old Songs: From the Vault

Next Broadcast: Sunday, May 16 at 6 pm 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.

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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