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

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October 2019

$127

Ukulele: Advanced Beginner

Tuesday, October 15, 2019, 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

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.

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

Class Dates: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Beginner

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, 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 with little or no banjo experience.  In addition to setting up and tuning your banjo, you will learn essential strumming and other right hand techniques, as well as necessary left hand techniques such as “hammer-ons,” “pull-offs,” and “slides.” You will learn to read tablature. You will use these techniques in the banjo tunes you learn. It will be helpful to have a recording device!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20

$127

Fiddle: Beginner

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm 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. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6

$127

Fiddle: Intermediate

Wednesday, October 16, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm 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. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Intermediate

Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, 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. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21

Mandolin

Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, happening 7 times

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

with Ron Gordon

We will learn the picking and fingering exercises that enable the ability to play the mandolin. We’ll cover a combination of traditional American and Celtic fiddle tunes as well as beginning classical pieces to facilitate your musical expression. There will be a combination of reading music on the mandolin, as well as ear training. Get yourself started on an instrument that fits into so many styles of music. Handouts and music provided, and a recording device recommended.

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

Class Dates: Sept 26, (Skip Oct. 3), Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7
Register by Oct. 2

$127

Fingerpicking & Flatpicking Guitar

Thursday, October 17, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 7 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: Sept 26, (Skip Oct. 3), Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7

Irish Pennywhistle

Thursday, October 17, 2019, 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 Kara Doyle 

This class assumes little or no previous experience with the whistle or with Irish traditional music. We’ll have some fun learning scales and a few common tunes. You’ll need a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.  Also bring an audiorecording device of some kind (a phone app is fine!) And perhaps something to take notes with, if you like. 

For more information contact Kara at 518-986-2593 (after 5 pm if you’re calling on weekdays) or karadoyle1969@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14

$25

Shannon Heaton & Keith Murphy

Friday, October 18, 2019, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States
photo of Shannon Heaton & Keith Murphy

Boston-based Irish flute player and singer Shannon Heaton has been heralded as one of North America’s finest traditional musicians. A warm and entertaining performer, Heaton excels at making Irish music fresh and accessible to a wide variety of audiences. With her appealing mix of instrumentals and heartfelt ballads, she offers world class music with Irish roots and universal appeal.

For this concert Heaton teams up with Newfoundland native Keith Murphy, whose guitar playing and singing wells from traditions in Ireland, Eastern Canada, Quebec and his adopted home of Vermont. His rhythmic guitar playing brings new shape to old music. And his intimate style of traditional singing in English and French infuses ballads with a powerful immediacy.

shannonheatonmusic.com | blackislemusic.com

Purchase Tickets Online (no added fees):

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

$127

Accordion for Kids

Saturday, October 19, 2019, at 10:00 am11:30 am EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, happening 7 times

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

with Peggy Hart

We are looking for young people between the ages of 4–14 who would like to play the accordion. Your child will learn to play this fascinating instrument, while participating in an accordion band. Parents, please call early to reserve your child’s spot.

New Accordions will be available to rent for $25 for the entire class, with a $50 deposit to be refunded at the end of the class.

For more information contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, (skip 12),19, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15

Bluegrass Jam Class

Monday, October 21, 2019, at 6:00 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

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

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

Taught by Scott Hopkins 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, the class 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. 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.

CLICK HERE to Register

For more information contact Scott at scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

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

$127

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 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. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Mountain Dulcimer: Beginners & Beyond

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 7 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: Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, (skip 15), 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Ukulele: Advanced Beginner

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, 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

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.

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

Class Dates: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Mountain Dulcimer: Intermediate

Tuesday, October 22, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 7 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: Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, (skip 15), 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Beginner

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 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 with little or no banjo experience.  In addition to setting up and tuning your banjo, you will learn essential strumming and other right hand techniques, as well as necessary left hand techniques such as “hammer-ons,” “pull-offs,” and “slides.” You will learn to read tablature. You will use these techniques in the banjo tunes you learn. It will be helpful to have a recording device!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20

$127

Fiddle: Beginner

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm 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. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6

$127

Fiddle: Intermediate

Wednesday, October 23, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm 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. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Intermediate

Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, 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. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21

Mandolin

Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, happening 7 times

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

with Ron Gordon

We will learn the picking and fingering exercises that enable the ability to play the mandolin. We’ll cover a combination of traditional American and Celtic fiddle tunes as well as beginning classical pieces to facilitate your musical expression. There will be a combination of reading music on the mandolin, as well as ear training. Get yourself started on an instrument that fits into so many styles of music. Handouts and music provided, and a recording device recommended.

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

Class Dates: Sept 26, (Skip Oct. 3), Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7
Register by Oct. 2

$127

Fingerpicking & Flatpicking Guitar

Thursday, October 24, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 7 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: Sept 26, (Skip Oct. 3), Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7

Irish Pennywhistle

Thursday, October 24, 2019, 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 Kara Doyle 

This class assumes little or no previous experience with the whistle or with Irish traditional music. We’ll have some fun learning scales and a few common tunes. You’ll need a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.  Also bring an audiorecording device of some kind (a phone app is fine!) And perhaps something to take notes with, if you like. 

For more information contact Kara at 518-986-2593 (after 5 pm if you’re calling on weekdays) or karadoyle1969@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14

$127

Accordion for Kids

Saturday, October 26, 2019, at 10:00 am11:30 am EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, happening 7 times

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

with Peggy Hart

We are looking for young people between the ages of 4–14 who would like to play the accordion. Your child will learn to play this fascinating instrument, while participating in an accordion band. Parents, please call early to reserve your child’s spot.

New Accordions will be available to rent for $25 for the entire class, with a $50 deposit to be refunded at the end of the class.

For more information contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, (skip 12),19, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15

Bluegrass Jam Class

Monday, October 28, 2019, at 6:00 pm9:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

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

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

Taught by Scott Hopkins 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, the class 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. 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.

CLICK HERE to Register

For more information contact Scott at scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

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

$127

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 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. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Mountain Dulcimer: Beginners & Beyond

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Tuesday, happening 7 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: Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, (skip 15), 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Ukulele: Advanced Beginner

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, 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

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.

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

Class Dates: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Mountain Dulcimer: Intermediate

Tuesday, October 29, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Tuesday, happening 7 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: Sept. 24, Oct. 1, 8, (skip 15), 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Beginner

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, 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 with little or no banjo experience.  In addition to setting up and tuning your banjo, you will learn essential strumming and other right hand techniques, as well as necessary left hand techniques such as “hammer-ons,” “pull-offs,” and “slides.” You will learn to read tablature. You will use these techniques in the banjo tunes you learn. It will be helpful to have a recording device!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20

$127

Fiddle: Beginner

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm 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. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6

$127

Fiddle: Intermediate

Wednesday, October 30, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm 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. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Intermediate

Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, 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. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21

Mandolin

Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Thursday, happening 7 times

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

with Ron Gordon

We will learn the picking and fingering exercises that enable the ability to play the mandolin. We’ll cover a combination of traditional American and Celtic fiddle tunes as well as beginning classical pieces to facilitate your musical expression. There will be a combination of reading music on the mandolin, as well as ear training. Get yourself started on an instrument that fits into so many styles of music. Handouts and music provided, and a recording device recommended.

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

Class Dates: Sept 26, (Skip Oct. 3), Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7
Register by Oct. 2

$127

Fingerpicking & Flatpicking Guitar

Thursday, October 31, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, happening 7 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: Sept 26, (Skip Oct. 3), Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7

Irish Pennywhistle

Thursday, October 31, 2019, 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 Kara Doyle 

This class assumes little or no previous experience with the whistle or with Irish traditional music. We’ll have some fun learning scales and a few common tunes. You’ll need a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.  Also bring an audiorecording device of some kind (a phone app is fine!) And perhaps something to take notes with, if you like. 

For more information contact Kara at 518-986-2593 (after 5 pm if you’re calling on weekdays) or karadoyle1969@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14

November 2019

$25

Andrew VanNorstrand with Anna Patton & Dana Billings

Friday, November 1, 2019, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States
photo of Andrew VanNorstrand

You may remember Andrew from the Great Bear Trio or the Andrew and Noah Band. As a musician, singer and songwriter, Andrew’s debut solo album That We Could Find A Way To Be focuses on the complicated intersections of love, faith, loss and uncertainty, queerness and the search and struggle for understanding. From the rust belt to the Blue Ridge, cold spring in New England to a summer’s night in Charlottesville; Andrew blends traditional folk, old-time and country music with indie-roots-Americana. For this concert Andrew will be joined by Anna Patton on clarinet and Dana Billings on percussion.

andrewvannorstrand.com

Purchase Tickets Online (no added fees):

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

$127

Accordion for Kids

Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 10:00 am11:30 am EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, happening 7 times

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

with Peggy Hart

We are looking for young people between the ages of 4–14 who would like to play the accordion. Your child will learn to play this fascinating instrument, while participating in an accordion band. Parents, please call early to reserve your child’s spot.

New Accordions will be available to rent for $25 for the entire class, with a $50 deposit to be refunded at the end of the class.

For more information contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, (skip 12),19, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15

$8

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

Saturday, November 2, 2019, at 7:00 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Saturday of the Month (November–May)

Music by Fennig’s All-Stars with caller Melanie Axel-Lute

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

In partner with Homespun Occasions

Bluegrass Jam Class

Monday, November 4, 2019, at 6:00 pm9:00 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm on Monday, happening 5 times

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

Taught by Scott Hopkins 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, the class 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. 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.

CLICK HERE to Register

For more information contact Scott at scotthopkins74@gmail.com.

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

$127

Ukulele: Advanced Beginner

Tuesday, November 5, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EST
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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

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.

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

Class Dates: Oct. 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, Nov. 5

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Beginner

Wednesday, November 6, 2019, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
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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 with little or no banjo experience.  In addition to setting up and tuning your banjo, you will learn essential strumming and other right hand techniques, as well as necessary left hand techniques such as “hammer-ons,” “pull-offs,” and “slides.” You will learn to read tablature. You will use these techniques in the banjo tunes you learn. It will be helpful to have a recording device!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Intermediate

Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
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An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, 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. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21

Irish Pennywhistle

Thursday, November 7, 2019, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EST
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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 Kara Doyle 

This class assumes little or no previous experience with the whistle or with Irish traditional music. We’ll have some fun learning scales and a few common tunes. You’ll need a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.  Also bring an audiorecording device of some kind (a phone app is fine!) And perhaps something to take notes with, if you like. 

For more information contact Kara at 518-986-2593 (after 5 pm if you’re calling on weekdays) or karadoyle1969@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14

$25

Fàrsan

Friday, November 8, 2019, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States
photo of Fàrsan

Màiri Britton, Elias Alexander, Katie McNally, & Neil Pearlman

Powered by four of the brightest voices in a new generation of traditional folk music, Fàrsan unites song, dance and instrumental music from the Gaelic traditions of Scotland and Cape Breton. Their unique blend of fiddle, pipes, whistles, piano and accordion with percussive stepdance and puirt-à-beul brings a sparkling energy to every performance.

farsanband.com

Purchase Tickets Online (no added fees):

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

$127

Accordion for Kids

Saturday, November 9, 2019, at 10:00 am11:30 am EST
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An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, happening 7 times

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

with Peggy Hart

We are looking for young people between the ages of 4–14 who would like to play the accordion. Your child will learn to play this fascinating instrument, while participating in an accordion band. Parents, please call early to reserve your child’s spot.

New Accordions will be available to rent for $25 for the entire class, with a $50 deposit to be refunded at the end of the class.

For more information contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: Oct. 5, (skip 12),19, 25, Nov. 1, 8, 15

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’

Sunday, November 10, 2019, at 1:00 pm4:00 pm EST
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until Sunday, May 31, 2020

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

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Beginner

Wednesday, November 13, 2019, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
|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 with little or no banjo experience.  In addition to setting up and tuning your banjo, you will learn essential strumming and other right hand techniques, as well as necessary left hand techniques such as “hammer-ons,” “pull-offs,” and “slides.” You will learn to read tablature. You will use these techniques in the banjo tunes you learn. It will be helpful to have a recording device!

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

Class Dates: Oct. 16, 23, 30, Nov. 6, 13, 20

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Intermediate

Thursday, November 14, 2019, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, 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. 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21

Irish Pennywhistle

Thursday, November 14, 2019, 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 Kara Doyle 

This class assumes little or no previous experience with the whistle or with Irish traditional music. We’ll have some fun learning scales and a few common tunes. You’ll need a pennywhistle in the key of D. Some inexpensive ones will be available.  Also bring an audiorecording device of some kind (a phone app is fine!) And perhaps something to take notes with, if you like. 

For more information contact Kara at 518-986-2593 (after 5 pm if you’re calling on weekdays) or karadoyle1969@gmail.com

Class Dates: Oct. 10, 17, 24, 31, Nov. 7, 14

$25

Archie Fisher

Saturday, November 16, 2019, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States
photo of Archie Fisher

Master guitarist, singer, and songwriter Archie Fisher is Scotland’s foremost troubadour. Archie was born in Glasgow into a large singing family, which yielded three professional singers—Archie and his sisters Ray and Cilla. Music was always in the house: his father’s appreciation of many musical styles (opera, vaudeville, and traditional ballads) proved to be a heavy influence on Archie’s own music, while his mother, a native Gaelic speaker from the Outer Hebrides, was a strong influence on the lyrical quality of his songwriting.

woodenshipproductions.com

Purchase Tickets Online (no added fees):

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

December 2019

In Praise of Christmas

Saturday, December 7, 2019, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States
photo of John Roberts, Lisa Preston & Armand Aromin
Carols, Songs, and Dances of Christmas & Mid-Winter Celebrations

with John Roberts, Lisa Preston & Armand Aromin

In Praise of Christmas returns this year with a mostly new program of Carols, Songs,and Dances from England, Ireland, Spain, France, and Italy, all in English translations. Performing will be John Roberts on hurdy-gurdy, English concertina, and vocals; Lisa Preston on baroque triple harp, gothic double bray harp, celtic harp, Irish button accordion, and vocals; and Armand Aromin on violin, viola, English concertina, tabor pipe, alto recorder, whistle, step dance, and vocals.

Purchase Tickets Online (no added fees):

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’

Sunday, December 8, 2019, at 1:00 pm4:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until Sunday, May 31, 2020

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

January 2020

$8

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

Saturday, January 4, 2020, at 7:00 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Saturday of the Month (November–May)

with Fennig’s All-Stars and caller Paul Rosenberg

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

In partner with Homespun Occasions

$25

Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

Saturday, January 11, 2020, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States
photo of Alasdair Fraser & Natalie Haas

The musical partnership between consummate performer Alasdair Fraser, “the Michael Jordan of Scottish fiddling”, and brilliant Californian cellist Natalie Haas spans the full spectrum between intimate chamber music and ecstatic dance energy. They thrill audiences with their virtuosic playing, their near-telepathic understanding and the joyful spontaneity and sheer physical presence of their music.

This seemingly unlikely pairing of fiddle and cello is the fulfillment of a long-standing musical dream for Fraser. His search eventually led him to find a cellist who could help return the cello to its historical role at the rhythmic heart of Scottish dance music, where it stood for hundreds of years before being relegated to the orchestra.

alasdairandnatalie.com

Purchase Tickets Online (no added fees):

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’

Sunday, January 12, 2020, at 1:00 pm4:00 pm EST
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An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until Sunday, May 31, 2020

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

February 2020

$8

Old Songs Community “Barn” Dance with Tamarack

Saturday, February 1, 2020, at 7:00 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

1st Saturday of the Month (November–May)

Music by Tamarack with caller Michael Kernan

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

In partner with Homespun Occasions

$25

Joe Jencks

Friday, February 7, 2020, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Joe Jencks is an international touring performer, songwriter, entertainer, and educator. Noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration, Joe weaves a diverse web of stories with brilliant musical skill, ensnaring even the most rigid of hearts and inviting them to open, and inviting all of us to live inside of our passions and our beliefs.

joejencks.com

Purchase Tickets Online (no added fees):

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’

Sunday, February 9, 2020, at 1:00 pm4:00 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until Sunday, May 31, 2020

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

Roaring 20s Jazz Jam

Wednesday, February 12, 2020, at 7:30 pm9:00 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

2nd Wednesday of the Month

Play and sing the popular music of the early 20th century from Ragtime to Dixieland to Blues to Swing. Share your your favorites and learn something new from original hotel orchestra sheet music. Improve your improvisation skills when it’s your turn to riff! Slow and sultry or fast and loose, there’ll be something for everyone. Strings, horns, clarinets, saxes, keyboard, drums and vocalists welcome! Led by the Megaband’s tuba player Carle Kopecky.

Email carle@playingintime.com for more information

$4 donation

$25

Poor Man’s Gambit

Friday, February 21, 2020, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Poor Man’s Gambit is a trio of traditional artists: Corey Purcell (button accordion, cittern, vocals, bodhran, dance), Federico Betti (guitar, fiddle), and Deirdre Lockman (fiddle, vocals, dance). It’s their combination of musical styles that sets them apart: not only do they offer an array of instrumental combinations, but they also include the visual and audial element of dance. Building on their roots as traditional Irish musicians, the trio’s repertoire is also influenced by traditional music of other cultures, including France, Scotland, England, and America.

poormansgambit.com

Purchase Tickets Online (no added fees):

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

March 2020

$127

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
|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 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: March 3, 10, (skip 17), 24, 31, April 7, 14

$127

Ukulele: Beginner

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EST
|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: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7

$127

Ukulele: Intermediate

Tuesday, March 3, 2020, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Ron Gordon

If you have taken a “basics” class, or have been self taught in ukulele and would like to review and learn new musical skills, this is the class for you! We will review basic strums and chords through a variety of songs, and than move on to chord melody, and finger picking techniques. Through listening, learning and participation, students will extend their song list and become even more creative on the uke. Handouts provided, and a recording device is
recommended.

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

Class Dates: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Beginner

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
|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 with little or no banjo experience.  In addition to setting up and tuning your banjo, you will learn essential strumming and other right hand techniques, as well as necessary left hand techniques such as “hammer-ons,” “pull-offs,” and “slides.” You will learn to read tablature. You will use these techniques in the banjo tunes you learn. It will be helpful to have a recording device!

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

Class Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8

$127

Fiddle: Beginner

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm 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: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8

$127

Fiddle: Intermediate

Wednesday, March 4, 2020, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EST
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: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Intermediate

Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, 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 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9

Mandolin

Thursday, March 5, 2020, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EST
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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 Ron Gordon

We will learn the picking and fingering exercises that enable the ability to play the mandolin. We’ll cover a combination of traditional American and Celtic fiddle tunes as well as beginning classical pieces to facilitate your musical expression. There will be a combination of reading music on the mandolin, as well as ear training. Get yourself started on an instrument that fits into so many styles of music. Handouts and music provided, and a recording device recommended.

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

Class Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9

$127

Fingerpicking & Flatpicking Guitar

Thursday, March 5, 2020, 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 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: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9

$25

Matthew Byrne

Friday, March 6, 2020, at 7:30 pm EST
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Great interpreter of traditional Newfoundland songs, powerful vocals, guitar, and storytelling, Matthew has a presence that fills the room. He comes from a family of tradition bearers, with a fascination with unearthing and re-imagining traditional songs with the right combination of melody and language. For Matthew, songs are ways of understanding people before him, their lives, work, language, and worldviews. Join us and get swept away to Newfoundland’s shores.

matthewbyrne.net

Purchase Tickets Online (no added fees):

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

$127

Accordion for Kids

Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 10:00 am11:30 am EST
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 10:00 am on Saturday, happening 6 times

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

with Peggy Hart

We are looking for young people between the ages of 4–14 who would like to play the accordion. Your child will learn to play this fascinating instrument, while participating in an accordion band. Parents, please call early to reserve your child’s spot.

New Accordions will be available to rent for $25 for the entire class, with a $50 deposit to be refunded at the end of the class.

For more information contact Peggy at 518-439-1060.

Class Dates: TBD

$8

Old Songs Community “Barn” Dance with John Kirk & Trish Miller

Saturday, March 7, 2020, at 7:00 pm EST
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

In partner with Homespun Occasions

Pickin’ & Singin’ Gatherin’

Sunday, March 8, 2020, at 1:00 pm4:00 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every month that begins at 1:00 pm on day Second of the month, repeating until Sunday, May 31, 2020

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

$127

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 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 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: March 3, 10, (skip 17), 24, 31, April 7, 14

$127

Ukulele: Beginner

Tuesday, March 10, 2020, 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: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Beginner

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, 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 with little or no banjo experience.  In addition to setting up and tuning your banjo, you will learn essential strumming and other right hand techniques, as well as necessary left hand techniques such as “hammer-ons,” “pull-offs,” and “slides.” You will learn to read tablature. You will use these techniques in the banjo tunes you learn. It will be helpful to have a recording device!

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

Class Dates: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8

$127

Fiddle: Beginner

Wednesday, March 11, 2020, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 6:00 pm 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: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8

$127

Clawhammer Banjo: Intermediate

Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 5:30 pm6:45 pm EDT
|Recurring Event (See all)

An event every week that begins at 5:30 pm on Thursday, 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 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9

Mandolin

Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 6:00 pm7:15 pm EDT
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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 Ron Gordon

We will learn the picking and fingering exercises that enable the ability to play the mandolin. We’ll cover a combination of traditional American and Celtic fiddle tunes as well as beginning classical pieces to facilitate your musical expression. There will be a combination of reading music on the mandolin, as well as ear training. Get yourself started on an instrument that fits into so many styles of music. Handouts and music provided, and a recording device recommended.

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

Class Dates: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9

$127

Fingerpicking & Flatpicking Guitar

Thursday, March 12, 2020, at 7:30 pm8:45 pm EDT
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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: March 5, 12, 19, 26, April 2, 9

$25

The Jeremiahs — Canceled

Friday, March 13, 2020, at 7:30 pm10:00 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States
photo of The Jeremiahs

Friday night’s Concert featuring The Jeremiahs has been canceled due to performer unavailability.

Previous online orders will be automatically refunded.

$25

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman — Postponed to Spring 2021

Friday, March 20, 2020, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Máire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris Newman have been described as “the high-wire act in traditional music” (The Irish Times). Máire is arguably the most influential, interesting, and original player of the Irish harp; she also composes, sings, and plays tin whistle and piano. Chris is arguably the UK’s finest flatpicking guitarist; he is also a prolific composer, arranger, and humorist. Together, they have created one of the most distinctive voices in modern acoustic music, performing a breathtaking blend of traditional Irish music, hot jazz, bluegrass, and baroque, along with striking new compositions.

maireandchris.com

April 2020

$25

Low Lily — Postponed to April 9, 2021

Friday, April 3, 2020, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

The vocal and string band Low Lily explores the roots and branches of American folk music with traditional influences and modern inspiration that weaves together a unique brand of acoustic music. Liz Simmons (vocals and guitar), Flynn Cohen (vocals, guitar and mandolin), and Lissa Schneckenburger (vocals and fiddle) are masterful players with deep relationships to traditional music styles ranging from bluegrass to Irish, Scottish, New England and Old Time Appalachian sounds. When you combine this with stellar composition skills and inventive arrangements you get music that is rooted yet contemporary.

lowlily.com

$8

Old Songs Community “Barn” Dance — Canceled

Saturday, April 4, 2020, at 7:00 pm EDT
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

In partner with Homespun Occasions

$25

Maria Zemantauski — Canceled

Friday, April 17, 2020, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Internationally acclaimed guitarist, Maria Zemantauski, presents a program of classics and stunning originals. Embracing the classical and traditional flamenco repertoire for her foundation, she takes her audience on a musical journey inspired by her flair for experimentation and pure love of the instrument. As one reviewer wrote, “Zemantauski has continually pushed the boundaries of the possible with her trusty 6-string, blending genres that have little or no business appearing on the same bill, much less in the same song. It’s rarely less than electrifying to watch her do it.” Join us for an evening of passion, fire and grace.

mariazemantauski.com

Part of our Strum into Spring: Acoustic Guitar Workshop

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

$50

Strum into Spring: Acoustic Guitar Workshop — Postponed to Spring 2021

Saturday, April 18, 2020
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

with Maria Zemantauski, Pat Wictor, Glenn Weiser, and Ron Gordon.

This event 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 six workshops where new perspectives, sounds and techniques will be taught.

There will also be an open mic, a potluck dinner, and evening concerts.

This event kicks off with a Maria Zemantauski concert Friday evening at 7:30.

CLICK HERE for Saturday’s Full Schedule

Or contact Old Songs to reserve: (518) 765-2815 or sales@oldsongs.org
Refunds are not available for this event.

May 2020

$8

Old Songs Community “Barn” Dance — Canceled

Saturday, May 2, 2020, at 7:00 pm EDT
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

In partner with Homespun Occasions

$25

Old Songs Sampler Concert — Postponed to January 2021

Friday, May 8, 2020, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

A benefit for the 40th Annual Old Songs Festival.

Featuring:

The evening also features a raffle of quality craft items, as well as recordings of past performers, plus a bake sale.

October 2021

$25

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason

Friday, October 1, at 7:30 pm EDT
Old Songs Community Arts Center, 37 S Main St
Voorheesville, NY 12186 United States

Jay Ungar & Molly Mason are an American roots music duo and are best known for their work on the soundtrack of Ken Burns’s PBS documentary series, The Civil War. Jay’s composition “Ashokan Farewell” became the musical centerpiece of the Grammy-winning soundtrack. Jay’s fiddling is known for playfulness, drama, soul and technical verve, as he explores many musical styles and idioms that he has internalized and made his own. Molly’s inventiveness on piano and guitar supports the tunes and follows the flow of the melody with her rich and expressive vocals rounding out the experience. Ungar & Mason have recorded numerous albums of traditional and original fiddle music along with vintage country and jazz. jayandmolly.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

Piano Accordion & Band Class

Tuesday, October 5, 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

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$145

Beginner Ukulele

Tuesday, October 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 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, 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

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$145

Intermediate Clawhammer Banjo

Wednesday, October 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: Oct. 6, 13, 20, 27, Nov. 3, 10

Register

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Open Mic

Wednesday, October 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.

$145

Bluegrass Banjo

Thursday, October 7, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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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$145

Bluegrass Banjo

Thursday, October 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 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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