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37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States
518-765-2815 oldsongs.org

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October 2021

$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 5 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

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$145

Beginner Ukulele

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 4 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Begin your uke career! Ron’s class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course), right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy, blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs, so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

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$145

Intermediate Guitar

Tuesday, October 5, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 5 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

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$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 5 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10

Register

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Open Mic

Wednesday, October 6, 2021, at 7:30 pm10:30 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Wednesday of the Month

Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host.

$3 cover charge.

$145

Bluegrass Banjo

Thursday, October 7, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Scott Hopkins

Join Scott for beginner, intermediate or advanced 3-finger style banjo picking. We can work as a class, in small groups or individually to meet your needs. Learn Scruggs, melodic and/or single string styles.”

For more information contact Scott at 518-569-4481 or scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11

Register

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$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Beginner Ukulele

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Begin your uke career! Ron’s class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course), right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy, blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs, so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Intermediate Guitar

Tuesday, October 12, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, October 13, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10

Register

.

$145

Bluegrass Banjo

Thursday, October 14, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Scott Hopkins

Join Scott for beginner, intermediate or advanced 3-finger style banjo picking. We can work as a class, in small groups or individually to meet your needs. Learn Scruggs, melodic and/or single string styles.”

For more information contact Scott at 518-569-4481 or scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11

Register

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$25

Windborne

Saturday, October 16, 2021, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk-singing traditions. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share a vibrant energy onstage— their connection to each other and to the music is clearly evident. They educate as they entertain, telling stories about the music and explaining the characteristics and stylistic elements of the traditions in which they sing. windbornesingers.com

Buy Tickets:

In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel. No Refunds.

African Drum Class

Monday, October 18, 2021, at 7:00 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Monday, May 23, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–June)

Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms & drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns & other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson.

Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info.

Class fee: $15

$145

Irish Fiddle

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 7 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 19, Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

Register

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$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Beginner Ukulele

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Begin your uke career! Ron’s class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course), right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy, blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs, so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Intermediate Guitar

Tuesday, October 19, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, October 20, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10

Register

.

$145

Bluegrass Banjo

Thursday, October 21, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Scott Hopkins

Join Scott for beginner, intermediate or advanced 3-finger style banjo picking. We can work as a class, in small groups or individually to meet your needs. Learn Scruggs, melodic and/or single string styles.”

For more information contact Scott at 518-569-4481 or scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11

Register

.

$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Beginner Ukulele

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Begin your uke career! Ron’s class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course), right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy, blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs, so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Intermediate Guitar

Tuesday, October 26, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10

Register

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Contra Dance Tunes

Wednesday, October 27, 2021, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

4th Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)

Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments & skill levels welcome. Led by Ray Kottke.

recommended $5 donation

$145

Bluegrass Banjo

Thursday, October 28, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Scott Hopkins

Join Scott for beginner, intermediate or advanced 3-finger style banjo picking. We can work as a class, in small groups or individually to meet your needs. Learn Scruggs, melodic and/or single string styles.”

For more information contact Scott at 518-569-4481 or scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11

Register

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$25

Reggie Harris

Saturday, October 30, 2021, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Singer/songwriter, storyteller, world-renowned song-leader, and community builder, Reggie Harris is a powerful interpreter of the global historical narrative and is recognized in educational and historical circles for focusing millions on the important role of music in the Underground Railroad, the modern Civil Rights Movements and in the discourse of issues and events in everyday life. reggieharrismusic.com

Buy Tickets:

In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel. No Refunds.

November 2021

$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Intermediate Guitar

Tuesday, November 2, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9

Register

.

$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10

Register

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Open Mic

Wednesday, November 3, 2021, at 7:30 pm10:30 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Wednesday of the Month

Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host.

$3 cover charge.

$145

Bluegrass Banjo

Thursday, November 4, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Scott Hopkins

Join Scott for beginner, intermediate or advanced 3-finger style banjo picking. We can work as a class, in small groups or individually to meet your needs. Learn Scruggs, melodic and/or single string styles.”

For more information contact Scott at 518-569-4481 or scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11

Register

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$25

John Kirk & Trish Miller

Saturday, November 6, 2021, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

John Kirk & Trish Miller present fiery fiddle tunes, folksongs, and fancy footwork to audiences of all ages. John’s lyric voice, good sense of humor, and versatile instrumental skills — fiddle, mandolin, and several other instruments — have earned him widespread recognition in folk and traditional music circles. Trish is best known for her clogging, guitar, and banjo. Both of them call square dances and have taught folk music and dance programs for over two decades together. johnandtrish.com

Buy Tickets:

In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel. No Refunds.

$145

Irish Fiddle

Tuesday, November 9, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 8 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 19, Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

Register

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$145

Bluegrass Banjo

Thursday, November 11, 2021, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Scott Hopkins

Join Scott for beginner, intermediate or advanced 3-finger style banjo picking. We can work as a class, in small groups or individually to meet your needs. Learn Scruggs, melodic and/or single string styles.”

For more information contact Scott at 518-569-4481 or scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 7, 14, 21, 28, Nov. 4, 11

Register

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African Drum Class

Monday, November 15, 2021, at 7:00 pm9:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Monday, May 23, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–June)

Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms & drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns & other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson.

Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info.

Class fee: $15

$145

Irish Fiddle

Tuesday, November 16, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 8 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 19, Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

Register

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Traditional Irish Slow Session

Wednesday, November 17, 2021, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Wednesday of the Month

This is a friendly, repertoire-building opportunity to play your new tunes slowly and work on your old tunes at a reasonable tempo. We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and all Irish-appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e. wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). We encourage tape recorders, and focus on learning tunes by ear. Music stands and continuous use of sheet music discouraged. Bring snacks to share. Small donation requested to cover building expenses. Questions? Contact Hilary Schrauf at 518-424-8701.

$5 class fee

Hilary keeps a Blog for this session here: stoneystepsitm.blogspot.com

$25

Magpie

Saturday, November 20, 2021, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Magpie is Terry Leonino and Greg Artzner, whose repertoire ranges from traditional and vintage Americana to contemporary and original compositions. Terry is a gifted singer of jazz and blues, but is equally comfortable with the subtle beauty of traditional folk and contemporary songs. She is also an excellent player of the harmonica, mandolin, fretted dulcimer, and rhythm guitar. Greg is an outstanding finger-style guitarist, and his captivating vocal interpretation gives power and beauty to the full spectrum, from growling blues, to a Chilean lament, to a sweet croon. magpiemusic.com

Buy Tickets:

In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel. No Refunds.

$145

Irish Fiddle

Tuesday, November 23, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 8 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 19, Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

Register

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Contra Dance Tunes

Wednesday, November 24, 2021, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

4th Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)

Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments & skill levels welcome. Led by Ray Kottke.

recommended $5 donation

$145

Irish Fiddle

Tuesday, November 30, 2021, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 8 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 19, Nov. 9, 16, 23, 30, Dec 7

Register

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December 2021

Open Mic

Wednesday, December 1, 2021, at 7:30 pm10:30 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Wednesday of the Month

Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host.

$3 cover charge.

$25

Jamcrackers

Friday, December 3, 2021, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Dan Berggren, Dan Duggan, and Peggy Lynn will be performing songs and tunes which will warm the cockles of even the Grinchiest hearts and ready them for the coming winter/holiday season. There will be rip-roaring fiddle tunes, traditional carols, and original songs of spirit and gratitude. And, since this is Jamcrackers at Old Songs there WILL be audience participation! jamcrackersmusic.com

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In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel. No Refunds.

$25

100 Years of Fiddling with Donna Hébert & George Wilson

Sunday, December 12, 2021, at 2:00 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

George Wilson and Donna Hébert are two extraordinary fiddlers who have trod similar paths over their respective fifty years. Sharing many musical friends and mentors, they love each other’s music and the soul they bring to every tune. When they realized both were celebrating fifty years of fiddling, they decided to do it together at Old Songs. They will take you on a ‘tour de fiddle’ with two of the best fiddlers in folk music.

Joining them on this program are Selma Kaplan, Max Cohen, and Molly Hebert Wilson.

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In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel. No Refunds.

Traditional Irish Slow Session

Wednesday, December 15, 2021, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Wednesday of the Month

This is a friendly, repertoire-building opportunity to play your new tunes slowly and work on your old tunes at a reasonable tempo. We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and all Irish-appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e. wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). We encourage tape recorders, and focus on learning tunes by ear. Music stands and continuous use of sheet music discouraged. Bring snacks to share. Small donation requested to cover building expenses. Questions? Contact Hilary Schrauf at 518-424-8701.

$5 class fee

Hilary keeps a Blog for this session here: stoneystepsitm.blogspot.com

African Drum Class

Monday, December 20, 2021, at 7:00 pm9:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Monday, May 23, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–June)

Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms & drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns & other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson.

Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info.

Class fee: $15

Contra Dance Tunes

Wednesday, December 22, 2021, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

4th Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)

Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments & skill levels welcome. Led by Ray Kottke.

recommended $5 donation

January 2022

$25

Lorraine & Bennett Hammond — Livestream

Friday, January 14, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

This concert will now be Livestream only.

Lorraine Lee Hammond grew up in rural New England when ballads and barn dances were part of community life.  Her many credits as a traditional singer, songwriter, teacher, and multi-instrumentalist. Bennett Hammond is a superb finger-style guitarist and recent convert to the five string banjo. He names “the three Bs,” Bach, the blues and Buddy Holly, as major influences.  

Together, The Hammonds are versatile musicians, engaging entertainers, and fun teachers. Their warm stage presence is punctuated with wry humor, and their command of their instruments and musical genres is without flaw. Their repertoire ranges in style from classical through Celtic, blues and contemporary. 

lorraineandbennetthammond.com

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The concert will streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel. No Refunds.

February 2022

Open Mic

Wednesday, February 2, at 7:30 pm10:30 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Wednesday of the Month

Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host.

$3 cover charge.

$25

Mad Agnes — Live at Old Songs

Friday, February 11, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

POSTPONED: The concert previously scheduled for Friday, February 11 has been postponed to a soon to be rescheduled, later date.

Back from a ten-year lunch break, Mad Agnes has reunited to bring you the intricate harmonies and compelling songwriting that have always been their signature. Margo Hennebach, Adrienne Jones and Mark Saunders have been singing and playing together since there were dinosaurs, performing across the U.S. and overseas. While dodging labels and mixing styles (Folk, classical or Celtic? Soaring vocals, incisive lyrics or giggly repartee?), the genre-bending trio has won hearts on two continents, and individually and collectively amassed a body of work which comprises 13 CDs and a concert DVD.

Though each member is a multi-instrumentalist, this iteration sees them pared down with fewer instruments and only one microphone, around which they form and re-form, early-radio style. This allows them to be more playful and more connected, bringing you guitars, mandolin, percussion, keyboard, and “three-part harmonies as tight as jeans from the dryer” (Rob Weir, The Advocate). 

madagnes.com

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In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel. No Refunds.

African Drum Class

Monday, February 21, at 7:00 pm9:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Monday, May 23, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–June)

Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms & drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns & other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson.

Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info.

Class fee: $15

Contra Dance Tunes

Wednesday, February 23, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

4th Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)

Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments & skill levels welcome. Led by Ray Kottke.

recommended $5 donation

$25

The Longest Johns — Live at Old Songs

Friday, February 25, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

In-Person Tickets are SOLD OUT. Watch the Livestream from home!

I doubt any of Bristol’s The Longest Johns ever imagined they would be able to get so far on just four voices. Born out of a mutual love of traditional folk songs and shanties, they rock maritime songs alongside the more unusual and less traditional folk tunes. In a few short years they have gone from singing sea shanties in a kitchen to International folk festivals, tours, TV appearances and gained a huge online following. As the face of the 2021 sea shanty revival with their track Wellerman, the Johns are reaching millions of new fans all across the globe and showing them just how great these songs can be.  

(This event is co-Sponsored by the Folk Music Society of NY, Inc.)

thelongestjohns.com

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In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel. No Refunds.

March 2022

Open Mic

Wednesday, March 2, at 7:30 pm10:30 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Wednesday of the Month

Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host.

$3 cover charge.

$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, March 16, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20

Register

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Traditional Irish Slow Session

Wednesday, March 16, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Wednesday of the Month

This is a friendly, repertoire-building opportunity to play your new tunes slowly and work on your old tunes at a reasonable tempo. We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and all Irish-appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e. wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). We encourage tape recorders, and focus on learning tunes by ear. Music stands and continuous use of sheet music discouraged. Bring snacks to share. Small donation requested to cover building expenses. Questions? Contact Hilary Schrauf at 518-424-8701.

$5 class fee

Hilary keeps a Blog for this session here: stoneystepsitm.blogspot.com

$25

Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen — Live at Old Songs

Saturday, March 19, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

In Person AND Live Streamed at Old Songs

Sally Rogers and Howie Bursen have been a performing duo since they met in 1981 in a Greenwich Village coffeehouse. They play both traditional American and original songs and tunes to delight audiences from their home in Connecticut to far reaching places like Hungary and …Israel!  Howie is also an award-winning winemaker and Sally is a Master Teaching Artist in Connecticut schools.

sallyrogers.com

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In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel.

African Drum Class

Monday, March 21, at 7:00 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Monday, May 23, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–June)

Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms & drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns & other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson.

Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info.

Class fee: $15

$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, March 22, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 5 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggymhart@yahoo.com.

Class Dates: March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26

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$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, March 23, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20

Register

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Contra Dance Tunes

Wednesday, March 23, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

4th Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)

Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments & skill levels welcome. Led by Ray Kottke.

recommended $5 donation

$25

Beppe Gambetta — Live at Old Songs

Friday, March 25, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

In Person AND Live Streamed at Old Songs

In a world dominated by the trends and logic of the market, Beppe Gambetta’s playing and singing stand out. His is an inspired music that avoids relying solely on his technical excellence, but also reveals the innermost feelings of a brilliant, playful mind that is always exploring and innovating while staying firmly rooted in tradition. He naturally and seamlessly bridges the shores of two continents, creating a musical fusion of American roots and the Ligurian tradition, emigration songs and folk ballads, steel-string guitars and vintage harp-guitars.

beppegambetta.com

Buy Tickets:

In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel

$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, March 29, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggymhart@yahoo.com.

Class Dates: March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26

Register

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$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, March 30, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20

Register

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April 2022

$145

Irish Fiddle

Monday, April 4, at 7:00 pm8:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, happening 7 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: April. 4, 11, (skip 18), 25, May 2, 9, (skip 16), 23

Register

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$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, April 5, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggymhart@yahoo.com.

Class Dates: March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26

Register

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$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, April 6, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20

Register

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Open Mic

Wednesday, April 6, at 7:30 pm10:30 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Wednesday of the Month

Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host.

$3 cover charge.

$50

Strum into Spring — Acoustic Guitar Workshop

Saturday, April 9, at 9:00 am5:00 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Maria Zemantauski, Thomasina Winslow, and Ron Gordon

This is a guitar-centric event that provides great learning and listening opportunities for guitarists on every level. You’ll have a chance to learn from and interact with true experts of the acoustic guitar. There will be workshops where new perspectives, sounds and techniques will be taught. Wrapping up the day will be a concert featuring the diverse acoustic styles of our teachers.

Register

In-Person Event — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Read more…


Schedule

  • 8:30 am — Doors open, participant check-in.
  • 9:15 am — Introductions
    9:30 am — Early Morning Workshops 

    • Old Songs Building — Maria Zemantauski: Rasquedo; three flamenco strum patterns and how to incorporate them into basic dance rhythms: farruca and rumba
    • American Legion — Thomasina Winslow: Fingerstyle Piedmont Blues. Educate that thumb! The fine points of fingerpicking using the thumb with alternating strings and learning to improvise in the style.
  • 11:00 am — Late Morning Workshops
    • Old Songs Building — Ron Gordon: Traditional bass runs, bass melody and the “Carter Scratch” The roots of playing country guitar.
    • American Legion Thomasina Winslow: Improvisation with the blues using chord progressions and bass lines.
  • noon — Lunch Out (of the building): There is a town park and a diner a block away. Many eateries on Rte 20, Western Ave.
  • 1:30 pm — Afternoon Workshops
    • Old Songs Building — Maria Zemantauski: Continuation of the morning session with the addition of soleares and 12 beat compas.
    • American Legion — Ron Gordon: Flat Picking Fiddle Tunes – Technique, exercises, dexterity and tunes.
  • 3:00 pm — Sampler Concert: See and hear these workshops come to life!
  • 4:30 pm — Everybody go home and practice!

Notes — Workshops are for approximately one hour. The American Legion is across the street from Old Songs.


Instructors/Performers

Maria Zementauski — Guitarist and composer extraordinaire, who has performed extensively throughout our area and beyond. She is a nylon-string guitarist and composer whose style is influenced by a variety of musical genres, most notably, Spanish classical, flamenco and American fingerstyle. mariazguitar.com

Thomasina Winslow — Traditional Blues guitarist who recreates meticulous versions of the 20s–30s fingerpicking styles that sound magical in expression and feeling. thomasinawinslow.com

Ron Gordon — His dedicated guitar class asked to have a guitar event here in the Capital District. Teaching and performing traditional flat pick and finger — picking styles, going back to the 1840’s — to today. learnyourfrets.com

$145

Irish Fiddle

Monday, April 11, at 7:00 pm8:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, happening 8 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: April. 4, 11, (skip 18), 25, May 2, 9, (skip 16), 23

Register

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$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, April 12, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggymhart@yahoo.com.

Class Dates: March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26

Register

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$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, April 13, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20

Register

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$145

Beginner Ukulele

Thursday, April 14, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, happening 5 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Kathleen Hanely

Begin your uke career! This class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course), right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy, blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs, so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

For more information contact Kathleen at kathleen.m.hanley@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

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$145

Intermediate Guitar

Thursday, April 14, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 5 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

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African Drum Class

Monday, April 18, at 7:00 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Monday, May 23, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–June)

Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms & drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns & other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson.

Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info.

Class fee: $15

$145

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, April 19, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Peggy Hart

Basic beginning technique, theory and note reading.

If you have any questions regarding your instrument or ability, contact Peggy at 518-439-1060 or peggymhart@yahoo.com.

Class Dates: March 22, 29, April 5, 12, 19, 26

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$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, April 20, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

This class is for those who already have some clawhammer banjo experience, and can already play some tunes. The tunes you’ll be learning will use the essential left hand techniques of hammer-ons, pull-offs, and slides. Also you will use right hand techniques such as the drop-thumb and the “galax lick.” You will learn different tunings for different tunes. Tunes will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. A recording device will be helpful!

For more information contact Paul at 518-380-1103 or clawhammer888@gmail.com.

Class Dates: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20

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Traditional Irish Slow Session

Wednesday, April 20, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Wednesday of the Month

This is a friendly, repertoire-building opportunity to play your new tunes slowly and work on your old tunes at a reasonable tempo. We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and all Irish-appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e. wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). We encourage tape recorders, and focus on learning tunes by ear. Music stands and continuous use of sheet music discouraged. Bring snacks to share. Small donation requested to cover building expenses. Questions? Contact Hilary Schrauf at 518-424-8701.

$5 class fee

Hilary keeps a Blog for this session here: stoneystepsitm.blogspot.com

$145

Beginner Ukulele

Thursday, April 21, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Kathleen Hanely

Begin your uke career! This class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course), right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy, blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs, so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

For more information contact Kathleen at kathleen.m.hanley@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

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$145

Intermediate Guitar

Thursday, April 21, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

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$145

Irish Fiddle

Monday, April 25, at 7:00 pm8:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, happening 8 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: April. 4, 11, (skip 18), 25, May 2, 9, (skip 16), 23

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Contra Dance Tunes

Wednesday, April 27, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EDT
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An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

4th Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)

Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments & skill levels welcome. Led by Ray Kottke.

recommended $5 donation

$145

Beginner Ukulele

Thursday, April 28, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Kathleen Hanely

Begin your uke career! This class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course), right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy, blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs, so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

For more information contact Kathleen at kathleen.m.hanley@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

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$145

Intermediate Guitar

Thursday, April 28, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

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$25

Hanneke Cassel Band — Live at Old Songs

Friday, April 29, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Postponed to a soon-to-be rescheduled, later date.

Effervescent and engaging, Boston-based fiddler Hanneke Cassel’s fiddle music fuses influences from the Isle of Skye and Cape Breton with Americana grooves and musical innovations. Hanneke’s music is a blend of the contemporary and traditional, described by the Boston Globe as “exuberant and rhythmic, somehow wild and innocent, delivered with captivating melodic clarity and an irresistible playfulness.”

The Hanneke Cassel Band features Keith Murphy on guitar/vocals and Jenna Moynihan on 5-string fiddle/vocals.  Newfoundland-born guitarist Keith Murphy is a rhythmic powerhouse on guitar and a traditional singer of rare finesse. A native of Newfoundland, he has lived in New England for many years where he has been an influential presence in the traditional music scene through his work with many respected bands, as a tune writer and as director of the Northern Roots Festival in Brattleboro, VT. Jenna Moynihan is regarded as one of the best of the best in the new generation of fiddle players. Versatile and inventive, her fiddling style draws strongly from the Scottish tradition, but is in no way bound by it.

Together, the Hanneke Cassel Band creates a cutting-edge acoustic sound that retains the integrity and spirit of the Scottish tradition.

hannekecassel.com

May 2022

$145

Irish Fiddle

Monday, May 2, at 7:00 pm8:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, happening 8 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: April. 4, 11, (skip 18), 25, May 2, 9, (skip 16), 23

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Open Mic

Wednesday, May 4, at 7:30 pm10:30 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Wednesday of the Month

Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host.

$3 cover charge.

$145

Beginner Ukulele

Thursday, May 5, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Kathleen Hanely

Begin your uke career! This class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course), right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy, blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs, so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

For more information contact Kathleen at kathleen.m.hanley@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

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$145

Intermediate Guitar

Thursday, May 5, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

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$50

Spring into Uke — Ukulele Intensive

Saturday, May 7, at 9:00 am5:00 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Jim Beloff, Bernice Lewis, and Ron Gordon

We’re coming down from the cloud and we’re back in person for the 2022 edition of Spring Into Uke at Old Songs. This year the great Jim Beloff will be back, teaching workshops, talking about his new book and the history of our modern day uke phenom, and of course performing. Bernice Lewis will also be teaching song smithing on the uke, and Ron Gordon will teach about fingerpicking. Our schedule will maintain the usual 6 workshops, a concert, and is modified to adapt to our current realities. Lunch will be out and the day will wrap up by 4:30. We are looking forward to seeing you there and revving up our uke energy for the warm months ahead.

learnyourfrets.com | fleamarketmusic.com | bernicelewis.com

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In-Person Event — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Read more…


Schedule

  • 8:30 am — Doors open, participant check-in.
  • 9:15 am — Introductions
    9:30 am — Early Morning Workshops 

    • Old Songs Building — Advanced Beginners Workshop with Jim Beloff: For those who know a handful of chords and a basic up/down strum, here’s a chance to take your skills to a new level. A half dozen or so well-known songs will be played while learning more chords, new fingerings, new strums, transposing on the fly and performance tips and techniques along the way.
    • American Legion — Begin Playing Ukulele with Ron Gordon: Get started strumming and singing on this most accessible of all fretted instruments. We’ll learn the ergonomics of playing your uke, basic chords (reading a chord chart), and two essential strums. It will all be put together with a few classic songs. Get a great start to your ukulele career!
  • 11:00 am — Late Morning Workshops
    • Old Songs Building — Fingerpicking on the Uke with Ron Gordon: Fingerpicking adds new sounds and rhythms to your playing by highlighting the notes that constitute harmony. We’ll learn two patterns having very different “feels”: arpeggio and alternating thumb. We’ll apply these to two songs and educate that thumb.
    • American Legion — Songwriting with the Uke with Bernice Lewis: There’s plenty of need for personal expression these days so this may help you to jump-start your creativity. We’ll go over the anatomy and physiology of songs and talk about what makes writing for the ukulele unique. We’ll talk about the structure of songs, and why it works. We’ll analyze components, storyline, use of poetic devices, chord structure, melody, and look at how contemporary song has evolved historically.
  • noon — Lunch Out (of the building): There is a town park and a diner a block away. Many eateries on Rte 20, Western Ave.
  • 1:30 pm — Afternoon Workshops
    • Old Songs Building — Jazzing Up The Ukulele/At The Ritz with Jim Beloff: (intermediate) How to use chord substitutions to “jazz up” a simple 4 or 5 chord song. Based on the 2015 Flea Market Music book. We’ll also play through several Lyle Ritz classic jazz arrangements.
    • American Legion — Songwriting II with Bernice Lewis: This will be a continuation of the morning session, along with critiques and helpful suggestions on improving the details and process of song smithing. Bring your creations and ideas to try out and discuss: there is no bad or best in composition… Just better.
  • 3:00 pm — Uke Sampler Concert
  • 4:30 pm — Everybody go home and practice!

Notes — Workshops are for approximately one hour. The American Legion is across the street from Old Songs.

$145

Irish Fiddle

Monday, May 9, at 7:00 pm8:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:00 pm on Monday, happening 8 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Hilary Schrauf for 6 weeks

This class assumes moderate previous experience with the fiddle (know the names of the notes and strings; know how to hold the bow), and little to moderate experience with Irish traditional music. We’ll have fun digging in to the different types of Irish tunes (jigs, reels, hornpipes, etc.) — and maybe a composition or two — while exploring what makes them sound Irish. Some bowing, slurring, ornamentation, and variations will be taught. Sound files, sheet music and links to other resources will be provided. Reading sheet music is not a requirement.

For more information contact Hilary at 518-424-8701 or 
hilary.schrauf@gmail.com

Class Dates: April. 4, 11, (skip 18), 25, May 2, 9, (skip 16), 23

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$145

Beginner Ukulele

Thursday, May 12, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Kathleen Hanely

Begin your uke career! This class at Old Songs will get you started down the path to heavenly strumming.We will learn chords (of course), right hand strumming techniques, some chord melody, jazzy, blues, etc. voicings and some finger picking… depending on our progress. This will all be learned through some classic songs, so singing is definitely part of the program. Handouts provided and recorders recommended. BTW, we’ll also delve into some uke history and ukeology along with my personal favorite… uke collecting!

For more information contact Kathleen at kathleen.m.hanley@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

Register

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$145

Intermediate Guitar

Thursday, May 12, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

Learn and apply the fundamental concepts of counterpoint on the steel string guitar. This involves leading, alternate, and runs in the bass; while strumming a rhythm or finger picking an arpeggio, pattern pick, melody line, etc. Knowledge of chords “down the neck”, and how to play a basic rhythm is necessary. For returning students, the songs and tunes we learn will be all new.

For more information contact Ron at 518-372-4172 or rgukeboy@gmail.com.

Class Dates: April 14, 21, 28, May 5, 12, 19

Register

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African Drum Class

Monday, May 16, at 7:00 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:00 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Monday, May 23, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–June)

Study African drumming. Participants will learn authentic drumming from many countries in West Africa. Emphasis will be on traditional rhythms & drumming techniques on djembes, dunduns & other hand drums. Please join us for this fun filled class. All levels are welcomed. Some drums may be available to borrow on a first come, first served basis. Instructor John Dickson.

Email oldsongs@oldsongs.org or call 518-765-2815 for more info.

Class fee: $15

Traditional Irish Slow Session

Wednesday, May 18, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 18, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Wednesday of the Month

This is a friendly, repertoire-building opportunity to play your new tunes slowly and work on your old tunes at a reasonable tempo. We will focus specifically on traditional Irish music, and all Irish-appropriate instruments are welcome (i.e. wooden flute, tin whistle, concertina, button or piano accordion, guitar, bouzouki, mandolin, fiddle, harp). We encourage tape recorders, and focus on learning tunes by ear. Music stands and continuous use of sheet music discouraged. Bring snacks to share. Small donation requested to cover building expenses. Questions? Contact Hilary Schrauf at 518-424-8701.

$5 class fee

Hilary keeps a Blog for this session here: stoneystepsitm.blogspot.com

$25

Cantrip

Friday, May 20, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

In Person AND Live Streamed at Old Songs

The name Cantrip is an Old Scots word meaning a charm, magic spell or piece of mischief and it aptly describes the unexpected twists and turns in their musical arrangements, likewise the compelling potency of their musicianship. Swirling border pipes, raging fiddle, thunderous guitar and three rich voices blend to create a sound energetic enough to tear the roof off. After 20 years of touring, Cantrip has found a character like no other. Echoes can be heard of trad music from the 1960s and 70s, but the years have slowly infested their music with the sounds of funk, metal, bluegrass, swing, and even klezmer. Dan Houghton, Jon Bews and Eric McDonald stir the elements in a witches’ cauldron, slowly coalescing into chaotic order.

cantrip-music.com

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In-Person Concert — COVID-19 Safety Policy: PROOF of VACCINATION and MASKS REQUIRED. Limited Capacity. Read more…

The concert will be held in-person at the Old Songs building and streamed on the Old Songs YouTube Channel

Contra Dance Tunes

Wednesday, May 25, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 25, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

4th Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)

Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments & skill levels welcome. Led by Ray Kottke.

recommended $5 donation

June 2022

Open Mic

Wednesday, June 1, at 7:30 pm10:30 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 7:30 pm on day First of the month, repeating until Wednesday, June 1, 2022

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Wednesday of the Month

Strut your stuff and share your talent! Walk in and sign up to play (15 minutes). Local performer Kate Blain will host.

$3 cover charge.

September 2022

Bluegrass Jam Class

Sunday, September 18, at 2:00 pm5:00 pm EDT
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An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, happening 5 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Taught by Tom Behan using the Wernick Method

5 sessions, tuition $180

Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, the class will teach the fundamentals of bluegrass jamming and build your confidence in playing with others. The music is slow and easy, and you will quickly gain skills while having fun. These skills are transferable to other types of music because they are basic to all types of jamming. All skill levels are welcome, and bringing a recording device is recommended.

For more information contact Tom at tbehan@nycap.rr.com

Class Dates: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 15

Register at wernickmethod.org

Bluegrass Jam Class

Sunday, September 25, at 2:00 pm5:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 2:00 pm on Sunday, happening 5 times

Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Taught by Tom Behan using the Wernick Method

5 sessions, tuition $180

Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, the class will teach the fundamentals of bluegrass jamming and build your confidence in playing with others. The music is slow and easy, and you will quickly gain skills while having fun. These skills are transferable to other types of music because they are basic to all types of jamming. All skill levels are welcome, and bringing a recording device is recommended.

For more information contact Tom at tbehan@nycap.rr.com

Class Dates: Sept. 18, 25, Oct. 2, 9, 15

Register at wernickmethod.org
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