The 37th Annual Old Songs Folk Festival will take place June 23, 24 & 25, 2017 at the Altamont Fairgrounds
The 37th annual 3-day Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance will be held on June 23, 24 & 25, 2017 at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Rt. 146, Altamont, NY. Old Songs celebrates acoustic music, including folk, blues, world, old-time and Celtic music with performances and participation for adults and children alike.
Great guitarists, a good dose of blues, all day and evening dancing on a wooden floor, a capella singing, Appalachian songs, a mariachi band, maritime songs, old-time music, shape note gatherings, and music from Ireland. Sing, dance, jam, and listen at this highly participatory event for the whole family. Old Songs encourages audience members to join jam sessions, take part in learn-how sessions, sing sacred harp, move their feet to our great dance bands or take a Friday afternoon class. School age children who play an instrument can participate in the “Great Groove Band” during the festival with the help of music coaches and musical instruction. The band does a stage performance on Sunday.
There are three main stage concerts, each featuring eight artists, which are Friday at 6:30 pm, Saturday at 6:30 pm and Sunday at 3:30 pm in the leafy, open-air main stage area (rain site also provided). During the day on Saturday and Sunday there are 100 plus performances, dances and interactive workshops on eight stages around the grounds. An extensive artisan area and diverse food concessions are also available.
Listen to featured performers, representing many regions and countries: Pat Donohue, Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris, GX3+, Jeff Davis & Dave Ruch, Fiesta del Norte, Alash (Tuva Throat Singers), Anne Hills, Joe Jencks & Si Kahn, The Jeremiahs, Heather Pierson Trio, Joel Eckhaus & Tim Findlen, The Down Hill Strugglers & John Cohen, The Press Gang, The Short Sisters, Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet, Archie Fisher, Tom Lewis, Sam Gleaves, Keith Murphy, Debra Cowan, Larry Kaplan, The Waxwing Four & more.
All day and evening long, dancing on a wooden floor, Contras, Family, English Country and traditional dances with music by Atlantic Crossing, Seaglass and callers Luke Donforth and Susan Kevra.
Families will enjoy laughing with Roger the Jester, participating in the Great Groove Band and learning West African Drumming with John Dickson.
Camping is available for all 3 days with an all-festival camping ticket. Tickets may be purchased online at festival.oldsongs.org after February 20, by phone at 518-765-2815 or at the festival gate.