The 39th annual Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance will be held on June 28 through 30 at the Altamont Fairgrounds all day and evening long, including dancing on a wooden floor.
There are three main stage concerts, each featuring multiple artists each day in the leafy, open-air main stage area. During the day on Saturday and Sunday there are more than 100 performances, dances, interactive workshops and jams in 10 areas. An extensive artisan area and diverse food concessions are also available.
Old Songs celebrates folk, Celtic, Quebecois, roots, Americana and World music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Quebec, Italy, South Africa, the Midwest, Appalachia, New England and more. Participants will also hear new music from contemporary songwriters.
Old Songs encourages audience members to join jam sessions, take part in learn-how sessions, sing sacred harp, move their feet to the dance bands or take a Friday afternoon class. School-age children can participate in the Great Groove Band with the help of music coaches and musical instruction. The band does a stage performance on Sunday.
There will be performances representing many regions and countries by Emma’s Revolution, Bill Staines, Sharon Katz & The Peace Train, John McCutcheon, Mary Flower, Bruce Molsky, Archie Fisher, Tommy Sands, Rob van Sante & John Connolly, Beppe Gambetta, Bon Débarras, Keith Murphy & Becky Tracy, Poor Man’s Gambit, The Vox Hunters, Musique à bouches, Sam Gleaves & Deborah Payne, Magpie, Lil Rev, Charm City Junction & Footworks, Ken & Brad Kolodner Trio, Mulebone, Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen, Clare Horgan & Matt Diaz, Pete’s Posse, Tui (Jake Blount & Libby Weitnauer), Heather Wood, Bill Destler & Rebecca Johnson, John Roberts, Deb Cowan, Fennig’s All Stars, Stefan Amidon, Bill Jones & Anne Hills, John Dickson, The Great Groove Band, Ron Gordon, Jake Thomas and Roger the Jester.
Location: Rt. 146, Altamont. Tickets may be purchased by phone at 518-765-2815, online at Festival.OldSongs.org or at the festival gate.