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, with the hope to reopen by the fall.
In the meanwhile, please keep in mind that cancelled gigs means loss of income for the performers and teachers we bring to Old Songs, as well as loss of income for the organization. Please take the time to support the artists and Old Songs in other ways while community gatherings are suspended. As part of the stimulus package the IRS is allowing an above the line charitable contribution of up to $300, which means you can take that deduction even if you don’t itemize.
If you have purchased tickets for a canceled event, your ticket will be rolled over to the same event in 2021. If you’d like to donate the amount you paid to help support Old Songs during this crisis or would like a full or partial refund please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org or 518-786-2815.
With the emergence and spread of COVID-19 on our continent, we all need to make adjustments in our actions and expectations. Listed below are links to helpful information. The most important thing is for everyone to take care of each other, prepare for events being cancelled or postponed, and actively monitor WHO, CDC, Canadian Public Health, and State Health Department recommendations.
According to the WHO, “This is a controllable pandemic.” If we work together as a nation to slow the transmission, our health system will be able to manage the virus and provide adequate care for those who are ill.
Our song, music, and dance traditions will not go away if we need to hit the pause button for a while. Singing, jamming, and dancing together will continue with gusto after the initial virus has run its course. Be kind and understanding with the singers, musicians, dancers, and organizers around you.
Stay healthy, stay safe!