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

Past Events

August 2015

Open Mic

Wednesday, August 5, 2015, at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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1st Wednesday of the Month
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 2015

Contra Dance Tunes

Wednesday, September 9, 2015, at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Second of the month, happening 3 times

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

2nd Wednesday of the Month (Sept.–June)

Playing for dancing with rhythm and style. Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. All instruments & skill levels welcome. Leader: Terri Lukačko

$3 donation

$20

Yann Falquet & Pascal Gemme

Saturday, September 12, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Pascal and Yann started their musical journey about fifteen years ago busking while playing traditional Quebecois tunes in downtown Montreal. Not too long after that, they formed the band Genticorum along with multi-instrumentalist Alexandre de Grosbois-Garand, with whom they toured the folk and world music festivals around the world. Rich from their experience with the trio, Yann and Pascal return to the duo format to explore a more intimate approach to their music, focusing on Pascal’s large fiddle tune repertoire accumulated through the years and Yann’s folk song collection.

pascalgemme.com


Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Yann Falquet and Pascal Gemme

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

$4

Traditional Irish Slow Session

Wednesday, September 16, 2015, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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3rd Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)

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.

$4 donation.

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

$15

African Drum Class

Monday, September 21, 2015, at 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Third of the month, happening 9 times

An event every 2 months that begins at 7:00pm on day Third of the month, repeating until Tuesday, November 17, 2015

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

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–May)

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

*November’s African Drum Class will meet on the 3rd Tuesday, Nov 17.

Aussie Bush Band Jam

Wednesday, September 23, 2015, at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Fourth of the month, repeating until Wednesday, May 25, 2016

An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Fourth of the month, happening 2 times

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

4th Wednesday of the Month (Sept.–May)

Come and learn some tunes from Tasmania, New South Wales, and Victoria. Join in with acoustic instruments. Squeezeboxes and lagerphones encouraged. We might even sing a song. Some sheet music will be provided, but the tunes are also very accessible for playing by ear. All skill levels are welcome and listeners, too. Leader: Terri Lukačko.

$3 donation.

$20

Sarah McQuaid

Friday, September 25, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Sarah McQuaid’s voice has been likened to malt whiskey, melted chocolate and “honey poured into wine” (Minor 7th). Her new album Walking Into White (2015) is her most honest and adventurous work to date, with a depth and texture of soundscape that are reflected in her beautifully crafted live shows. A captivating performer, she seduces her audience with cheeky banter and stories from the road, as well as with stunning musicianship; in her hands, the guitar becomes much more than merely an accompanying instrument.

sarahmcquaid.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Sarah McQuaid

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Sunday Four Poetry

Sunday, September 27, 2015, at 3:00 pm
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4th Sunday of the Month (Sept.–June)
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

4th Sunday of the Month (Sept.–June)

Open Mic with featured poets. “Dedicated to the convivial understanding and practice of poesy’s gift to human joy”

Hosted by Dennis Sullivan, Edie Abrams & Michael Burke. Contact: 518-469-0202

Donation

$125

Beyond Beginning Moutain Dulcimer

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Susan Trump

We’ll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

$125

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer

Tuesday, September 29, 2015, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Susan Trump

The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

October 2015

$20

An Evening of British Music Hall

Friday, October 2, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with (seated) Ted Pugh, the Chairman, (left to right) Lincoln Mayorga, pianist; Amanda Boyd-Grout; Sheri Bauer Mayorga; John Roberts; and Judy Staber.

Hear once again the old classic Music Hall songs sung by performers in ravishing costumes & with voices not to be believed.

The British Music Hall is a 19th and early 20th century entertainment of songs, jokes and skits kept alive today in small theatres all over England. The six performers in this production are all aficionados of the style, either by nationality or inclination—or both.

As a form of popular entertainment, “Music Hall” flourished in England through the latter part of the 19th century up to World War I. Beginning in the back rooms of London public houses, landlords in London would reserve these for entertainments, to attract and keep their customers happy through the evening. As these events became more popular, these rooms became larger, and the shows became more formalized. A string of entertainers would perform, each usually doing a set of about three songs, the these performers would set up a schedule, moving between several different houses in the same evening. The songs would range through comedy, melodrama, sentimentality, tragedy, with performers developing personae for their particular styles of performance. Typically the songs featured easy-to-learn choruses, and the verses were primarily a vehicle to get from one chorus to the next. Many of these choruses are still remembered, sung in family tradition—I’m Henery The Eighth, I Am; It’s A Long Way To Tipperary, and so on.

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - An Evening of British Music Hall

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

$125

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, October 6, 2015, at 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, happening 9 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 peggyminore@yahoo.com.

$125

Beginning Ukulele

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, happening 7 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.

$125

Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to):

  • left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides
  • right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls”
  • different tunings for different tunes
  • other topics based on the class

You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes.

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

$125

Intermediate Ukulele

Wednesday, October 7, 2015, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Wednesday, happening 7 times

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

with Ron Gordon

This class will be ideal for those ukers who know some songs, play basic chords, and know a few strums. We’ll review beginning uke and than progress to chord melody and finger picking technique. Along the way, we’ll learn some classics from the past 100 years of great ukulele music.

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

$125

Hands-on Music Theory

Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with George Ward

Bone up on scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, etc. for any instrument.

For more information contact George at 518-399-0315 or mulesong@aol.com.

$125

How to Jam

Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Terri Lukaĉko

You, too, can learn to jam! Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques. We’ll use traditional American string band repertoire and technique, some Irish if there’s interest. Novices welcome if you can play some notes and/or chords.

For more information contact Terri at 518-708-5128 or fiddlejammer@mac.com.

$125

Finger-picking Guitar

Thursday, October 8, 2015, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

I will teach one arpeggio type song, one alternate bass-travis style, on steady bass all at a beginning fingerpicking level. Player needs to be fluent with chords down the neck and be able to keep a basic rhythm.

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

$20

Patrick Ball

Friday, October 9, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Patrick Ball is one of the premier Celtic harp players in the world and a captivating spoken word artist. He has recorded nine instrumental and three spoken word albums which have sold well over one-half million copies internationally and won national awards in both the music and spoken word categories.

Along with Celtic Harp and Story, his beguiling blend of music and spoken word concerts, Patrick has written and currently performs two acclaimed solo musical theater pieces: O’Carolan’s Farewell to Music, which brings to the stage the legendary life, the turbulent times and the glorious music of Ireland’s most celebrated and beloved musician, Turlough O’Carolan, and The Fine Beauty of the Island, a musical journey to Ireland’s legendary Blasket Islands in search of a deeply haunting tune and the vanished islanders who played it. Patrick also presents an ensemble performance, The Flame of Love, a spoken word and Early Music retelling of the greatest of medieval legends, The Romance of Tristan and Iseult.

Patrick Ball is “a rare artist.” For in playing the ancient, legendary brass-strung harp of Ireland with its crystalline, bell-like voice and performing marvelous tales of wit and enchantment, he not only brings new life to two cherished traditions, but blends them in concert to create “a richly theatrical and hauntingly beautiful performance.”

patrickball.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Patrick Ball

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’

Sunday, October 11, 2015, at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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2nd Sunday of the Month (Oct.–May)
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

2nd Sunday of the Month (Oct.–May)

A sing-around for the whole family. pickingandsinging.org

Fiddle

Thursday, October 15, 2015, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with George Wilson

“Play the fiddle like you mean it!” Beginner-Intermediate level. “The wrong note’ll still have good tone.”

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

$20

Sparky & Rhonda Rucker

Saturday, October 24, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Sparky and Rhonda Rucker perform throughout the U.S. as well as overseas, singing songs and telling stories from the American folk tradition. Sparky Rucker has been performing over forty years and is internationally recognized as a leading folklorist, musician, historian, storyteller, and author. He accompanies himself with fingerstyle picking and bottleneck blues guitar, banjo, and spoons. Rhonda Rucker is a musician, children’s author, storyteller, and songwriter. Her blues-style harmonica, piano, old-time banjo, and bones add musical versatility to their performances.

Sparky and Rhonda are sure to deliver an uplifting presentation of toe-tapping music spiced with humor, history, and tall tales. They take their audience on an educational and emotional journey that ranges from poignant stories of slavery and war to an amusing rendition of a Brer Rabbit tale or their witty commentaries on current events. Their music includes a variety of old-time blues, slave songs, Appalachian music, spirituals, ballads, work songs, Civil War music, railroad songs, and a few of their own original compositions.

sparkyandrhonda.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Sparky & Rhonda Rucker

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

$4

Traditional Irish Slow Session

Monday, October 26, 2015, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

October’s Traditional Irish Slow Session has been moved to Monday, Oct. 26

3rd Wednesday of the Month (Oct.–May)

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.

$4 donation.

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

$15

Cajun-Zydeco Dance

Friday, October 30, 2015, at 7:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

CajunZydecoDanceFlyer_15The First Cajun-Zydeco Dance of the season has been moved to Friday, October 30.

Featuring: Zydegroove

$15 (DFO members $12), All Welcome!

Dance instruction by Ron & Marie Bruschi at 7 pm. Band starts at 8 pm
For more info, call (518) 859-0092 or email Marie.

The dances continue on the Last Saturday of the Month (November–April)

Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization

November 2015

$160

Bluegrass Jam Class

Monday, November 9, 2015, at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method

5 sessions, tuition $160

Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach 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. And,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.

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.

CLICK HERE to Register

For more information contact Bob at 518-475-7926 or arobanjo@aol.com.

$23

Herdman, Hills, Mangsen

Friday, November 13, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Called a “genuine folk super-group” by The Boston Globe, separately and together they have garnered countless accolades and awards from radio, press and concert presenters both within and outside the folk community. Their musical alliance has served to bring their collective vocal talents to an even larger and more diverse audience. Priscilla, Anne and Cindy bring intricate arrangements to newly found musical treasures with an art-song vocal styling that crosses the boudaries of folk and classical music. Their empathy in performance is near telepathic, and the magic of a Herdman, Hills, Mangsen show engages people of all ages and musical backgrounds.

annehills.com/trio

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

SOLD OUT

Call Old Songs: (518) 765-2815.
Refunds are not available for this event.

$20

“Down with the Rent!”

Friday, November 20, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

The Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York

A concert of New York State’s hidden history in a performance of authentic songs and stories written and sung by Anti-Rent protestors in the 1840s. antirent.oldsongs.org

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - “Down with the Rent!” The Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Cajun-Zydeco Dance

Saturday, November 28, 2015, at 7:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:00pm on day Last of the month, happening 6 times

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

Last Saturday of the Month (October–April)

$15 (DFO members $12), All Welcome!

Sat. April 30: C’est Bon

Dance instruction by Ron & Marie Bruschi at 7 pm. Band starts at 8 pm
For more info, call (518) 859-0092 or email Marie.

Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization

December 2015

$20

Be the Light: Songs for the Christmas Season with the Jamcrackers

Friday, December 18, 2015, at 8:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Join us for a Holiday show with seasoned solo performers Dan Berggren, Peggy Lynn and Dan Duggan. They have combined their talents to create a dynamic trio named in honor of the river drivers who broke up log jams. They worked hard to find solutions, to get things rolling again, and it was a job that couldn’t be done alone. Dan, Peggy and Dan feel the same way about their music. These good friends and accomplished musicians bring a rare blend of humor history and musical spirit to their performances.

jamcrackersmusic.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - Be the Light: Songs for the Christmas Season with the Jamcrackers

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

The Puppet People present A Christmas Carol

Saturday, December 19, 2015, at 2:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Warm your hearts with Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Watch Mean Ol’ Scrooge as he discovers Christmas is not a HUMBUG! This puppet spectacular features beautiful handcrafted marionettes, shadow puppets, gorgeous masks, lavish costumes, vivid sets, a professional soundtrack that includes many holiday favorites, a giant 9-foot parade puppet and guaranteed smiles! Experience this literary masterpiece that reaches far beyond the holiday season!

thepuppetpeople.org

Tickets: $15 Adult
$10 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite - The Puppet People present A Christmas Carol

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

January 2016

Old Songs Sampler Concert

Saturday, January 23, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

A benefit for the 2016 festival.

Featuring: Bailiu (Irish), Phil Spoor (multi-instrumentalist), Alien Folklife (singer-songwriters), New Salem Serenaders (old-time banjo), Phil Teumim (humorous songs), 2Late (acoustic duo).

Yummy bake sale & raffle.

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

February 2016

Winter’s Lasagna Benefit Dinner & Concert with Annie & the Hedonists

Saturday, February 20, 2016, at 6:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

The dinner is SOLD OUT. 

Tickets for the Concert at 7:30 are still available for only $15 at the door. Reservations still appreciated.


A benefit for the 2016 festival. Menu by Chef Fritz Stafford and Music by Annie & the Hedonists.


Appetizer: Bruschetta, Soup: Minestrone

Main Course: Vegetarian Lasagna, spinach, artichoke hearts & shredded carrot or
Vegetarian Gluten free Lasagna, spinach, artichoke hearts & shredded carrot
with Italian Bread and Mixed greens & fresh vegetable Salad. Choice of Italian or ranch dressing

Deserts: Carrot cake, peach melba, fresh fruit salad
Coffee, tea, fruit juice


Annie and the Hedonists perform at festivals, concerts, and swing dances. The band interprets the songs of the great female blues artists of the ‘20s, 30s & 40s: Bessie Smith, Sippie Wallace, Memphis Minnie, Billie Holiday, Rosetta Tharpe, Blue Lu Barker, Ella Fitzgerald and others. Other styles include western swing, bluesy country, and roots Americana.

Annie and the Hedonists are:

  • Annie Rosen on lead vocals
  • Jonny Rosen on guitar and vocals
  • Peter Davis on clarinet, tenor guitar, piano, and vocals
  • Don Young on upright bass and vocals

annieandthehedonists.com

Tickets for the Concert Only at 7:30: $15
$5 Children age 12 & under

Call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Dennis Stroughmatt et l’ Esprit Creole

Friday, February 26, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Fingers and bow flying, Dennis Stroughmatt takes listeners on a musical odyssey not so different from his own musical journeys into upper-Louisiana Creole culture. Taught by Creole fiddlers Roy Boyer and Charlie Pashia in the tradition of their fathers, Dennis gradually became an adopted son of the French Midwest Creoles living along the Mississippi River near St Louis. A vibrant blend of Celtic, Canadian, and old-time sounds, this music bridges the gap between the contemporary Cajun styles of Canada and Louisiana.

The music, preserved by families in the Ozark foothills, remains largely intact and true to the traditions that have been passed down for over three centuries. A medley of music, language, stories, and culture secreted away in the Missouri Ozarks now has a voice in the tapestry of this world. With the blessing of the Creole people of the Midwest, Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole are its passionate ambassadors, expanding interest in and excitement about a region that has been, in many ways, ignored by the history books. What many have considered to be long lost is alive and kicking. Along with Dennis in the band is Doug Hawf on guitar and Jim Wilgoose on upright bass.

creolefiddle.com

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

Eventbrite

Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

March 2016

Beginning Fiddle

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

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

with George Wilson

Little to no violin/fiddle experience or understanding of how to play it. (they need a functional fiddle & bow & some rosin). You will learn how to make a good sound with the bow (from “scratch”), a simple tune or 2, tuning, & basic fiddle care & maintenance.

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

Intermediate Fiddle

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

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

with George Wilson

Need to have some violin/fiddle experience. You will learn a few tunes & techniques to make them sound “fiddly.” If someone ends up in the wrong class they can transfer. And in any case we’ll have a good time!

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

Clawhammer Banjo

Tuesday, March 1, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

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

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

with Paul Draper

Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to):

  • left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides
  • right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls”
  • different tunings for different tunes
  • other topics based on the class

You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes.

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

How to Jam

Wednesday, March 2, 2016, at 5:45 pm - 7:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 5:45pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

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

with Terri Lukaĉko

You, too, can learn to jam! Bring your acoustic instrument(s) and learn some simple techniques. We’ll use traditional American string band repertoire and technique, some Irish if there’s interest. Novices welcome if you can play some notes and/or chords.

For more information contact Terri at 518-708-5128 or fiddlejammer@mac.com.

Finger-picking Guitar

Thursday, March 3, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, happening 8 times

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

8 week course, with Ron Gordon

I will teach one arpeggio type song, one alternate bass-travis style, on steady bass all at a beginning fingerpicking level. Player needs to be fluent with chords down the neck and be able to keep a basic rhythm.

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

Matuto

Friday, March 4, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Returning to Old Songs, last seen here at the 2014 festival, Matuto is a full time touring collective built around the core of Clay Ross (guitar) and Rob Curto (accordion). Employing renowned musicians from across NYC’s diverse jazz, roots, and world music scenes, this performance of Matuto will feature a four piece ensemble of guitar, accordion, bass and drums. Joining Ross and Curto are Josh Hari on electric bass and Aynsley Powell on drums. With an honest love for roots music, genuine Brazilian styles, and improvisational experimentation, Matuto creates a unique and inspired sound from the heart of New York City’s diverse musical culture.

matutomusic.com

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

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If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, March 8, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm 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 peggyminore@yahoo.com.

Goitse

Friday, March 11, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

SOLD OUT

Irish Music with a Twist

Goitse, forged in the white-hot creative crucible of Limerick University’s Irish World Academy of Music and Dance, the quintet have graduated with a musical maturity worthy of the greatest. They hade made a name for themselves as one of the most sought after bands amongst connoisseurs of Irish Traditional music, having won feverish critical plaudits for their Dónal Lunny-produced second album Transformed.

Their distinctive sound lies in the quality of their own compositions interspersed with well-known traditional tunes, which make each set entertaining and unique. The gripping rhythm section sets a breaktaking pace for the music while through the sweet, charismatic voice of Áine Mc Geeney draw audiences into the music in a way very few performers can achieve.

Lace up your dancing shoes and get ready for a night of wonderful music and fast paced fun with Goitse.

*Goitse is an informal Gaelic Irish greeting meaning ‘come here’.

Supported by Culture Ireland as part of the Ireland 2016 Centenary Programme.

goitse.ie

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under


Refunds are not available for this event.

Cajun-Zydeco Dance

Saturday, March 19, 2016, at 7:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Last Saturday of the Month (October–April)

$15 (DFO members $12), All Welcome!

Sat. March 19: Planet Zydeco

Dance instruction by Ron & Marie Bruschi at 7 pm. Band starts at 8 pm
For more info, call (518) 859-0092 or email Marie.

Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization

April 2016

Quebecois Fiddle Tune House Camp with Pascal Gemme

Saturday, April 9, 2016 - Sunday, April 10, 2016
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

SCHEDULE

Saturday:

  • 2–3:20 pm—Workshop 1
  • 3:40–5 pm—Workshop 2
  • 6 pm—Potluck
  • 7:30 pm—Mini-concert (open to the public, 10$ fee includes the Jam Session )
  • 8:00 pm—Jam Session

Sunday:

  • 10 AM—Potluck brunch
  • Noon–1:20 PM—Workshop 3
  • 1:40–3 PM—Workshop 4

Have fun, play a lot of music, learn some new tunes and fiddle tricks and spend some easy going time amongst friendly people.

What’s a house camp you say? The answer is very simple: It’s a music camp that happens in a house or any kind of intimate setting.

If you’re an intermediate or advance musician who’s curious about the music of La Belle Province than this event is for you. The activities start on Saturday afternoon with two consecutive 80 minute workshops where we learn some Quebecois repertoire and then explore the bowing and ornamentation that makes it “parler français”.

Over the course of two days you will get 4 workshops with Pascal and the opportunity to attend a mini-concert followed by a jam session with with him. House camps are a great way to meet local musicians with a shared interest in folk music and to renew friendships in a relaxed and congenial atmosphere. The event is designed to be a full on 24 hours blast of music that will flex your artistic muscle and make it strive for more in the weeks that follow.

The workshops are open to any melodic instruments, but focus on learning Quebecois fiddling techniques and repertoire.

Or call Old Songs to reserve your spot: (518) 765-2815.
Refunds are not available for this event.

 

pascalgemme.com

Finger-picking Guitar

Thursday, April 21, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

8 week course, with Ron Gordon

I will teach one arpeggio type song, one alternate bass-travis style, on steady bass all at a beginning fingerpicking level. Player needs to be fluent with chords down the neck and be able to keep a basic rhythm.

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

Yves Lambert Trio

Saturday, April 23, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Yves Lambert figures among the most influential players in the roots Québécois revival. He is known for his unique ability to translate anecdotal, poetic, or political texts into songs. His work as a songwriter and his capacity to create unique musical moods make him a key figure in folk music production. In 1976, he was one of the founding members of La Bottine Souriant, with whom he performed for 26 years. In January of 2003, pushed by the wind, he put his boots on and went searching for new musical adventures.

Always on the lookout for innovative trends and attentive to the new guard of Québécois musicians, he ended up surrounding himself with young talent and created the Bébert Orchestra in 2004, and later the Yves Lambert Trio in 2010. The trio showcases the unique connection between maturity and youth by creating a new world of poetry and celebration. Yves Lambert’s charisma and talent, coupled with Tommy Gauthier’s and Olivier Rondeau’s virtuosity and passion, the nuances of their arrangements, and their distinct harmony, make this trio a one-of-a-kind musical experience.

yveslambert.com

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

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If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Bluegrass Jam Class

Thursday, April 28, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, happening 5 times

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

Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method

5 sessions, tuition $160
Early Signup Discount: $10 off until Mar 28!

Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach 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. And,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.

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.

CLICK HERE to Register

For more information contact Bob at 518-475-7926 or arobanjo@aol.com.

May 2016

Sharp’s Appalachian Harvest with Brian Peters & Jeff Davis

Friday, May 6, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Their presentation is devoted to the astounding collection of songs and music made by Cecil Sharp and Maud Karpeles in the Southern Appalachians over three summers in 1916, 1917 and 1918. The English folklorists had ventured into the heart of the mountains to seek out old British ballads still being sung in remote mountain settlements, and their haul of over sixteen hundred pieces is one of the greatest folk song collections ever made.

In their presentation, Jeff and Brian, two highly respected performers and researchers of traditional song and music, sing and play some of the musical highlights of Sharp’s harvest, accompanied by readings from his diaries describing vividly the hardships and triumphs of song collecting, and a display of his evocative photographs of the singers and of mountain life. The music ranges from old ballads to American breakdowns, dance tunes, children’s songs and gospel, performed by Jeff and Brian on banjo, fiddle, guitar, and a variety of other instruments.

brian-peters.co.uk

 

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Beyond Beginning Mountain Dulcimer

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

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

with Susan Trump

We’ll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer

Tuesday, May 10, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, happening 6 times

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

with Susan Trump

The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

John Roberts & Debra Cowan

Friday, May 13, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

For over 45 years, British expatriate John Roberts has been singing and playing old songs, meaning that many of the songs and tunes in his extensive repertoire can be traced back at least one hundred years. He is also considered one of the foremost Anglo concertina players in the English-speaking world and uses the banjo for unique settings in many of the songs he sings. He can give the background of any song he performs, often telling the listener the circumstances from which it might have been written and from whom the song was collected. John and his long-time music partner, Tony Barrand (another British expatriate) are often cited as influences and mentors to many listeners, singers and musicians when it comes to traditional folk music of the English speaking world.

Debra Cowan was once asked what kind of songs she writes. Her reply? “Bad ones. Besides, there are so many good songs out there written by others and they should be sung.” Her captivating warm alto carries each folk song she chooses with such emotion that you’ll forget that they were written by others. Debra started performing in California 35 years ago and began touring in 1998, with frequent stops in the US and UK. She performs a cappella and with guitar in the great tradition of folk singers like Joan Baez and Judy Collins, with a clear voice that calls forth the ghosts of long past but can also offer a more modern urban landscape. On her newest release, a live recording entitled Among Friends, she demonstrates her ability to interact with her audience and have them enthusiastically sing along on choruses and refrains.

debracowan.com

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

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If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Spring into Uke—Workshop & Concert

Saturday, May 14, 2016
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

A one day intensive for ukulele players featuring: Joel Eckhaus of Earnest Instruments and Jim Beloff of Flea Market Music, member of the Electric City Uke Club and the Troy Ukulele Meet Up, with host, Ron Gordon

For three decades,  Joel Eckhaus has been singing and playing the ukulele, mandolin, tenor guitar, banjo and musical saw in string bands, swing bands, and vaudeville shows. He studied the ukulele and tenor banjo with Roy Smeck, Vaudeville’s ‘Wizard of the Strings,’ and is now in demand as a player and teacher at uke festivals and workshops around the country.

Active songwriter, player, master teacher and author, Jim Beloff has collaborated and recorded with ukulele legends Herb Ohta (Ohta-San) and Lyle Ritz. Through Flea Market Music, Inc, he originated the popular Jumpin’ Jim’s series of ukulele songbooks sold worldwide, as well as collections of blues, bluegrass, classical music and jazz standards arranged for ukulele by some of the finest players in the world.

Ron Gordon, the Capital Region’s ukulele guru, has long crusaded for all things uke in Upstate New York, spreading the uke gospel to kids and adults. He has performed with St. Regis String Band, Mandolin Madness & Festival Jug Band. He teaches acoustic music in varied styles and on varied instruments: guitar, banjo, mandolin; and of course, plays and teaches ukulele at festivals, onstage, and for private students and events.

Schedule:

  • 10:30 am: Registration
  • 11:00 am – 12:00:
    1. Beginning ukulele with Ron Gordon
    2. Chord Melody I with Joel Eckhaus
    3. Ukelele Emporium
  • 12:00 noon: Bring your Lunch
  • 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm:
    1. Fingerpicking ukulele with Ron Gordon
    2. Advanced Beginners I with Jim Beloff
  • 2:30 pm – 3:30 pm:
    1. Chord Melody II with Joel Eckhaus
    2. Advanced Beginners II with Jim Beloff
  • 3:30 pm – 5:00 pm: Open Mic
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm: Potluck Supper (bring a dish to share)
  • 7:30 pm: Concert with Ron Gordon, Ukulele Clubs, Joel Eckhaus and Jim Beloff (Open to the public, $15)

Or call Old Songs to reserve your spot: (518) 765-2815.
Refunds are not available for this event.

August 2016

$15

Nanne & Ankie

Thursday, August 11, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Since 1980, both in groups and as a duo, Nanne & Ankie (Kalma and van der Meer, respectively) have offered a wide repertoire of traditional as well as newly written songs in Dutch, Frisian, Esperanto, and English. Maritime and historical themes play an important role, but they also sing about humorous events from daily life, often putting music to Esperanto and Frisian poems as well as to lyrics by the Australian writer Michael Roads. In addition to singing, Nanne plays guitar, mandolin, and concertina; Ankie plays guitar.

nanne-ankie.nl

Tickets: $15
$5 Children age 12 & under

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If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

September 2016

$15

Azo Bell, Ukulele Workshop & Concert

Friday, September 9, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Azo Bell was already a professional musician with over 25 years experience as a guitarist when he began playing ukulele in 1992. Since then he has played around his homeland (Australia) and the world as Musical Director for the Theatre group Stretch MK1, with his trio The Old Spice Boys, and solo. His 10th ukulele featured album is about to be released. His ukulele style stems from involvement in many musical genres, using techniques adapted from the Cavaquinho and the guitar, with an emphasis on improvisation.

Tickets: $15
$5 Children age 12 & under

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If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

African Drum Class

Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Third of the month, happening 9 times

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

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–May)

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

$15

George Wilson & David Kaynor

Friday, September 23, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Traditional music ranging from rollicking Celtic, French Canadian, and New England reels, jigs, and waltzes.

georgewilsonmusic.com
davidkaynor.com

Tickets: $15
$5 Children age 12 & under

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If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Traditional Irish Slow Session

Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

3rd Wednesday of the Month (Sept.–June)

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.

$4 donation.

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

Hands-on Music Theory

Thursday, September 29, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

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

with George Ward

Bone up on scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, etc. for any instrument.

For more information contact George at 518-399-0315 or mulesong@aol.com.

Class Dates: Sep. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, & Nov. 3Register by Sept. 23

$23

Calan

Friday, September 30, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Fresh and vibrant Celtic music from Wales featuring five young musicians.

New ambassadors of Welsh Cool, Calan bring together the remarkable talents of five young musicians giving a fresh and vibrant sound to traditional Welsh music. With a contemporary and lively approach, they breathe new life into the old traditions through their sparkling melodies, foot-tapping tunes, and spirited and energetic performances of Welsh step-dancing. They blast their way through some of the old favorite reels, jigs, and hornpipes with fast-paced and uplifting arrangements before melting into some of the most beautiful and haunting songs. Following the release of their debut album Bling in 2008, the band has been playing to big audiences and rave reviews at concerts and festivals around Britain and Europe. With their unique instrumental blend of accordion, fiddle, guitar, Welsh pipes, Welsh harp, and the percussive sound of the Welsh clogs, Calan have certainly found their musical niche; their plan is to continue to delight audiences far and wide. calan-band.com

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

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If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

October 2016

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, happening 7 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 peggyminore@yahoo.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, & 15Register by Sept. 30

Fingerpicking & Flatpicking Guitar

Tuesday, October 4, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, happening 8 times

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

8 week course, 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. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, & 22 Register by Sept. 30

Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, October 5, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

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

with Paul Draper

Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to):

  • left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides
  • right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls”
  • different tunings for different tunes
  • other topics based on the class

You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes.

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

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, & 9Register by Sept. 30

Beginner Ukulele

Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Thursday, 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. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, & 10Register by Sept.30

Advanced Beginner Ukulele

Thursday, October 6, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Thursday, happening 6 times

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

with Ron Gordon

Broaden your repertoire of strums, picks, chords and classic songs from 20’s jazz to Hawaiian to rock.If you have taken the beginner class, a few workshops, or been self taught… this class is for you. Along the way, we’ll introduce and broaden concepts of musical knowledge, such as keys, transposition, and circle of fifths; with applications to songs and your uke creativity!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, & 10Register by Sept.30

$25

De Temps Antan

Saturday, October 8, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Traditional music from Quebec with an energetic contemporary lift with Eric Beaudry, Andre Brunet and Pierre-Luc Dupuis.

Since 2003, De Temps Antan has been exploring and performing time-honored melodies from the stomping grounds of Quebec’s musical past. Using fiddle, accordion, harmonica, guitar, bouzouki and a number of other instruments, our three virtuosos blend boundless energy with the unmistakable joie de vivre found only in traditional Quebec music. The group’s original musical stylings add a hint of the contemporary with uncontrolled laughter, deep-rooted couplets, and sudden, impromptu shifts. The trio is Éric Beaudry on vocals, guitar, mandolin, and bouzouki, André Brunet on fiddle, and Pierre-Luc Dupuis on vocals and accordion. detempsantan.qc.ca

Tickets: $25
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’

Sunday, October 9, 2016, at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Second of the month, happening 8 times

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

2nd Sunday of the Month (Oct.–May)

A sing-around for the whole family. pickingandsinging.org

Beginners and Beyond Mountain Dulcimer

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Tuesday, happening 4 times

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

with Susan Trump

We’ll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 11, 18, 25, & Nov. 1Register by Oct. 7

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer

Tuesday, October 11, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Tuesday, happening 4 times

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

with Susan Trump

The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 11, 18, 25, & Nov. 1Register by Oct. 7

Beginner Fiddle

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

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

with George Wilson

Little to no violin/fiddle experience or understanding of how to play it. (they need a functional fiddle & bow & some rosin). You will learn how to make a good sound with the bow (from “scratch”), a simple tune or 2, tuning, & basic fiddle care & maintenance.

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, & 16Register by Oct. 7

Intermediate Fiddle

Wednesday, October 12, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
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An event every week that begins at 7:30pm on Wednesday, happening 6 times

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

with George Wilson

Need to have some violin/fiddle experience. You will learn a few tunes & techniques to make them sound “fiddly.” If someone ends up in the wrong class they can transfer. And in any case we’ll have a good time!

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, & 16Register by Oct. 7

$25

Celtic Fiddle Festival

Saturday, October 15, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

International quartet celebrating the violin in all its globe-trotting variations.

Called “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. Fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany, France) and Charlie McKerron (Scotland) showcase a fascinating juxtaposition of international and individual styles. With the able and agile accompaniment of Nicolas Quemener (Brittany, France) you have a perfect storm of the finest Celtic music your ears will ever encounter.

In concert each artist plays a solo set, showcasing their individual musical styles and cultural heritage, followed by a collaborative set featuring all three fiddlers. Sold-out tours and standing ovations give testimony to the electricity and excitement generated by the group. The quartet combines their considerable talents, rich musical traditions, and spontaneous humor for an evening of dazzling energy and subtle grace. These traditional masters showcase their regional repertoires, and together conjure an unforgettable performance, playing with such relentless precision and fire, that the tunes transcend all cultural and geographical barriers.

celticfiddlefestival.com

Tickets: $25
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Bluegrass Jam Class

Monday, October 17, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every week that begins at 6:00pm on Monday, happening 5 times

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

Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method

5 sessions, tuition $160

Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach 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. And,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.

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.

CLICK HERE to Register

For more information contact Bob at 518-475-7926 or arobanjo@aol.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, & 14

Traditional Irish Slow Session

Wednesday, October 19, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

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.

$4 donation.

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

Contra Dance Tunes

Wednesday, October 26, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Fourth of the month, happening 8 times

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. with Ray Kottke.

$3 donation

$20

Archie Fisher

Friday, October 28, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Traditional Scottish ballad singer, master guitarist and songwriter.

The evening will be a rare opportunity to experience the craftsmanship of master guitarist, singer, and songwriter Archie Fisher, who has been touring and recording since the 1960s. Archie was born in Glasgow into a large singing family, which yielded three professional singers—Archie and his sisters Ray and Cilla. Constant music combined with his father’s appreciation of many musical styles (opera, vaudeville, traditional ballads) proved to be a heavy influence on Archie’s music, while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides, was a strong influence on the lyrical quality of his songwriting. Fisher’s repertoire has a perspective that few can share and his interpretations of traditional songs, his own compositions and the material of his fellow contemporary songwriters are beloved by fans on both sides of the Atlantic. While he is a prolific songwriter and recording artist, Fisher insists that his greatest love is live performance. His performances at Old Songs never disappoint.

woodenshipproductions.com/archie-fisher/

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

$15

Cajun-Zydeco Dance

Saturday, October 29, 2016, at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Last Saturday of the Month (October–April)

River City Slim & the Zydeco Hogs are coming Oct. 29 bringing the exuberant steamy sounds of the bayous of southwestern Louisiana driven by button accordion & washboard with a syncopated beat that makes dancing easy.

$15 (DFO members $12), All Welcome!

Dance instruction by Ron & Marie Bruschi at 7 pm. Band starts at 8 pm
For more info, call (518) 859-0092 or email Marie.

Saturday, November 26
Krewe De La Rue
Saturday, March 25
Zydeco Connection
Saturday, January 28
Zydegroove
Saturday, April 29
Planet Zydeco
Saturday, February 25
The Catahoula Cajun Band

Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization

November 2016

Beginners and Beyond Mountain Dulcimer

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Susan Trump

We’ll explore DAD tuning, work on strum directions and left hand fingering. We’ll learn some fiddle tunes, and other repertoire that works well on dulcimer.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 11, 18, 25, & Nov. 1Register by Oct. 7

Intermediate Mountain Dulcimer

Tuesday, November 1, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Susan Trump

The focus is on repertoire building using a variety of styles, including fiddle tunes, songs, Celtic melodies, waltzes, while learning appropriate picking, or finger picking techniques and fingerings.

For more information contact Susan at 518-357-4018 or susantrump@aol.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 11, 18, 25, & Nov. 1Register by Oct. 7

Hands-on Music Theory

Thursday, November 3, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with George Ward

Bone up on scales, intervals, chords, key signatures, etc. for any instrument.

For more information contact George at 518-399-0315 or mulesong@aol.com.

Class Dates: Sep. 29, Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, & Nov. 3Register by Sept. 23

$20

GX3+

Friday, November 4, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Guitar trio featuring Fiery flamenco, classical, Baroque, Latin & Appalachian sounds.

Three accomplished musicians with eclectic tastes – fiery flamenco, classical, Baroque, Latin & Appalachian – collaborate to create something totally unique: GX3+. The name GX3+ refers to the fact that they play (at least) three very different guitars: flamenco, classical & Baroque PLUS mandolin, charango, guilele, cajons (percussion boxes), banjo and mountain dulcimer.  The result is innovative arrangements of the traditional, classical and Latin repertoire as well as stunning original compositions by Maria Z, arranged for the trio.

Ray Andrews: Baroque guitar, charango, banjo, dulcimer.
Sten Isachsen: Classical guitar, mandolin, cajon.
Maria Z: Flamenco guitar, guilele, cajon.

mariazemantauski.com/gx3

Tickets: $20
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Old Songs Community Dance

Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Saturday of the Month (November–May)

Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Yummy desert potluck during intermission.

$8 per person, children 12 & under are free

Saturday, December 3
Caller: Jeff Walker
Music: The Walker Family Band
Saturday, March 4
Caller: TBD
Music: Tamarack
Saturday, January 7
Caller: Fern Bradley
Music: Fennig’s All-Stars
Saturday, April 1
Caller: TBD
Music: Fennig’s All-Stars
Saturday, February 4 
Caller & Music:
John Kirk & Trish Miller
Saturday, May 6
Caller: TBD
Music: Spare Parts

In partner with Homespun Occasions

Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, November 9, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Paul Draper

Learn and consolidate the essential skills needed for playing old-time music in the clawhammer style. We will work on the following (but not limited to):

  • left hand techniques: hammer-ons, pull-offs, slides
  • right hand techniques: drop-thumb, “rolls”
  • different tunings for different tunes
  • other topics based on the class

You will learn these techniques within the context of “Round Peak” banjo tunes. The tunes (some simple, some more involved) will be learned through listening, repeating, and tablature. It is highly recommended that you bring along a recording device! Also recommended (but not required): Brad Leftwich’s book with CD: Round Peak Style Clawhammer Banjo. Please note: It is assumed that the student already has basic “banjo knowledge” and can play a few tunes.

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

Class Dates: Oct. 5, 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, & 9Register by Sept. 30

Beginner Ukulele

Thursday, November 10, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, & 10Register by Sept.30

Bluegrass Jam Class

Monday, November 14, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Taught by Bob Altschuler using the Wernick Method

5 sessions, tuition $160

Playing music with others is the best activity for getting better on your instrument! Using the tried and true Pete Wernick method, Bob will teach 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. And,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.

  • All bluegrass instruments welcome
  • No jamming experience necessary
  • You will be jamming the first class!
  • Friendly, encouraging, knowledgeable teaching.
  • Mistakes allowed!
  • Singing not required, but encouraged and taught.
  • Easy 2 and 3-chord songs, slow speeds.
  • Soloing not required! “Faking” solos taught.

CLICK HERE to Register

For more information contact Bob at 518-475-7926 or arobanjo@aol.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, & 14

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, November 15, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
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 peggyminore@yahoo.com.

Class Dates: Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, & 15Register by Sept. 30

Beginner Fiddle

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 6:00 pm - 7:15 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with George Wilson

Little to no violin/fiddle experience or understanding of how to play it. (they need a functional fiddle & bow & some rosin). You will learn how to make a good sound with the bow (from “scratch”), a simple tune or 2, tuning, & basic fiddle care & maintenance.

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, & 16Register by Oct. 7

Intermediate Fiddle

Wednesday, November 16, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with George Wilson

Need to have some violin/fiddle experience. You will learn a few tunes & techniques to make them sound “fiddly.” If someone ends up in the wrong class they can transfer. And in any case we’ll have a good time!

For more information contact George at 518-461-8394 or geofiddle@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 12, 19, 26, Nov. 2, 9, & 16Register by Oct. 7

$25

“Forward into Light”

Friday, November 18, 2016, at 7:30 pm
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An event every day that begins at 7:30pm, happening 2 times

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

The American Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York State in Song & Story

Two performances, Friday & Saturday, November 18 & 19 at 7:30.

Featuring performers: Greg Artzner, Dan Duggan, Terry Leonino, Peggy Lynn, Annie Rosen, Bill Spence, Toby Stover, Susan Trump and George Wilson

Music on piano, guitar, bass, hammered dulcimer, harmonica and concertina.

A concert of New York State’s hidden history in a performance of authentic songs used to persuade, rally and celebrate as sung by women and men during the American Women’s Suffrage Movement. Songs which range from humorous to poignant, from strident marches to hymns, and popular parlor songs. Through historical narrative and the songs we will tell the story of how American women won the right to vote in 1917 in New York, and 1920 in the nation.

Produced, directed and compiled by Andy Spence.
An Old Songs Production
© 2016 Old Songs, Inc.

forwardintolight.oldsongs.org

Tickets: $25
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

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Fingerpicking & Flatpicking Guitar

Tuesday, November 22, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 8:45 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

8 week course, 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. 4, 11, 18, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15, & 22 Register by Sept. 30

$15

Cajun Dance with Krewe De La Rue

Saturday, November 26, 2016, at 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

$15 (DFO members $12), All Welcome!

Dance instruction by Ron & Marie Bruschi at 7 pm. Band starts at 8 pm
For more info, call (518) 859-0092 or email Marie.

The Cajun/Zydeco Dance series continues on the Last Saturday of the Month (October–April)

Saturday, January 28
Zydegroove
Saturday, March 25
Zydeco Connection
Saturday, February 25
The Catahoula Cajun Band
Saturday, April 29
Planet Zydeco

Sponsored by the DanceFlurry Organization

December 2016

Old Songs Community Dance with the Walker Family Band

Saturday, December 3, 2016, at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Saturday of the Month (November–May)

Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Yummy desert potluck during intermission.

$8 per person, children 12 & under are free

Saturday, December 3
Caller: Jeff Walker
Music: The Walker Family Band
Saturday, January 7
Caller: Fern Bradley
Music: Fennig’s All-Stars

In partner with Homespun Occasions

$23

Rydvall/Mjelva

Friday, December 9, 2016, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Virtuosic Scandinavian folk musicians on Hardanger fiddle and Nyckelharpa.

Swedish keyed fiddle player Erik Rydvall and Hardanger fiddle player Olav Luksengård Mjelva, from Røros in Norway, are both counted among the foremost folk musicians of their generation. Rydvall and Mjelva are inquisitive musicians, with strong roots in the traditions of their places of origin. A duo collaboration featuring Hardanger fiddle and keyed fiddle has rarely been presented before. The repertoire and playing styles of the two instruments are basically very different, but the two musicians manage to make the combination sound natural and intriguing.

rydvallmjelva.com/en

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

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If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’

Sunday, December 11, 2016, at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Second of the month, happening 8 times

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

2nd Sunday of the Month (Oct.–May)

A sing-around for the whole family. pickingandsinging.org

African Drum Class

Monday, December 19, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Third of the month, happening 9 times

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

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–May)

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 28, 2016, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Fourth of the month, happening 8 times

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. with Ray Kottke.

$3 donation

January 2017

Open Mic

Wednesday, January 4, 2017, at 7:30 pm - 10:30 pm
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1st Wednesday of the Month
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.

Old Songs Community “Barn” Dance with Fennig’s All-Stars

Saturday, January 7, 2017, at 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Saturday of the Month (November–May)

Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught and will include circles, contras and squares. Yummy desert potluck during intermission.

$8 per person, children 12 & under are free

Saturday, January 7
Caller: Fern Bradley
Music: Fennig’s All-Stars
Saturday, April 1
Caller: David Kaynor
Music: Fennig’s All-Stars
Saturday, February 4 
Caller & Music:
John Kirk & Trish Miller
Saturday, May 6
Caller: Bob Nicholson
Music: Spare Parts
Saturday, March 4
Caller: Paul Rosenberg
Music: Tamarack

In partner with Homespun Occasions

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’

Sunday, January 8, 2017, at 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 1:00pm on day Second of the month, happening 8 times

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

2nd Sunday of the Month (Oct.–May)

A sing-around for the whole family. pickingandsinging.org

African Drum Class

Monday, January 16, 2017, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Third of the month, happening 9 times

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

3rd Monday of the Month (Sept.–May)

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, January 18, 2017, at 7:30 pm - 9:00 pm
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An event every month that begins at 7:30pm on day Third of the month, repeating indefinitely

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.

$4 donation.

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

$23

Old Songs Sampler Concert

Saturday, January 21, 2017, at 7:30 pm
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

A benefit for the 2017 festival.

Featuring:

Yummy bake sale & raffle.

Tickets: $23
$5 Children age 12 & under

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Or call Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815.
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs.
Refunds are not available for this event.

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