The Annual Appeal for Old Songs

Tui at the 2019 Festival. (taken by Ezra Kachaturian)


Dear Friends of Old Songs,

Since 1977, your attendance at our events and donations to Old Songs, Inc. have made it possible for us to present the best in traditional and traditionally based music and dance in concerts, festivals and our many other programs, helping live music thrive. 

An exciting moment at Old Songs was winning the first Capital Region Eddy Award for the Best Large Format Festival. This was an enormous tribute to the 38 years of vision and hard work of our founder and Executive Director Emerita, Andy Spence, who remains a valued resource, advisor and inspiration to the Old Songs community. The Tannahill Weavers celebrated 50 years of touring on our stage in Voorheesville, and Fàrsan celebrated their first year together. 

With your support, our annual festival, instrument classes, community dances, weekly Make Your Own Music activities, and our September–May concert series presenting the best national, international, and local touring musicians are still going strong. 

Dominic Desrochers of Bon Débarras
Dominic Desrochers of Bon Débarras at the 2019 Festival. (taken by Ezra Kachaturian)

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 have established a Building Fund to provide sound equipment upgrades, redesign bathrooms for full accessibility, fix drainage issues, provide better building insulation, and other much needed upgrades to the Old Songs Community Center. The initial target amount for this fund is $20,000. 

The Festival Fund is where your donation supports our largest event, the annual folk festival in June.

We ask that you donate to one or all three of these funds if you are able. No donation is too small or too large!

We’re busy at work on the 40th Old Songs Festival. In 2020 we are debuting Generations, a festival project that will spotlight music passed down through generations in families or communities. Generations is funded in part by a grant from the Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts.

Beppe Gambetta
Beppe Gambetta at the 2019 Festival. (taken by Ezra Kachaturian)

The many ways you can financially support Old Songs include matching gifts (corporate or individual), legacy donations, bequests, securities donations, artist and/or festival sponsorships, and instrument donations. Please contact our office if you would like support us in any of these ways.

If you would like to volunteer at the festival for the first time, send us an email and we’ll send you some information.

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. 

All of us at Old Songs wish you a happy,  joyous, and peaceful holiday season.


Joy Bennett
Executive Director
Old Songs, Inc.

Phil Teumim
President, Board of Directors
Old Songs, Inc.


or Print out, fill out and mail in our Annual Appeal Form


More photos from the 2019 Old Songs Festival

All photos taken by Ezra Kachaturian

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
(518) 765-2815 • Fax: (518) 655-0061 •