Tickets for the 2024 Festival are now available for Sale!

2024 Performers:

John McCutcheonLes ArrivantsWalt Michael & Co. • Arise & Go
Robin & Linda WilliamsReggie HarrisThe Ebony Hillbillies
From China to Appalachia — Cathy Fink, Marcy Marxer & Chao Tian
Joe JencksSharon Katz & the Peace TrainYacouba Sissoko Trio
Rhythm Future Quartet • Kay Justice & Sam GleavesCris Williamson
Elizabeth LaPrelle & the Family BandRory MakemLee Murdock
Grosse IsleAnnie & the HedonistsLarry Hanks & Deborah Robins
Anne HillsDeb CowanJohn RobertsSteve TurnerStove Dragon
The Moving Violations • Dave Eisenstadter • Adina Gordon • Ron Bruschi •
George WilsonDirty Blue Shirts • Stefan Amidon • Chris Koldewey
John Dickson • Deirdre & Sean Murtha • Ron Gordon • Alan Thomson •
Jake Thomas • The Great Groove Band • Roger the Jester • and more!

Old Songs is a family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music and dance,
known for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. In addition to evening concerts each night, there are over 100 daytime workshops, dances or performances. Also featured are craft, food and instrument vendors, and a well-run children’s activity area.

All Evening Concerts will be Live-Streamed (audio-only) on!

Old Songs’ Directors and staff thank you for your support that allows us in these times to continue to bring into your homes the music and artists you love, as well as those you may come to love. 

June 28–30, 2024 at the
Altamont Fairgrounds
near Albany, NY

Festival Hours:

  • Friday: 1 pm–1 am
  • Saturday: 9 am–1 am
  • Sunday: 9 am–7 pm

3 Main Stage Concerts

  • Friday: 6:30 – 11 pm
  • Saturday: 6:30 – 11 pm
  • Sunday: 3:30 – 7 pm

Last Year’s
Festival Schedule

Daytime Sessions
Friday, 2 pm – 6 pm
Saturday, 10 am – 5:30 pm
Sunday, 9:30 am – 3:30 pm

  • Performances
  • Unique Musical Groupings
  • Contras & Family Dances
  • Participatory Jam Sessions
  • Instrument Learn-Hows

Dancing on a
Wooden Floor

Singing in Harmony

  • Shape Note &
    Sacred Harp Sing
    with Stefan Amidon
  • Gospel Sing
  • Choral Workshop
  • Ballad Singing

Fun for the Whole Family

  • Great Groove Band for kids, most instruments welcome
  • Children’s Activity Area and Family Stage
  • Roger the Jester

Artisan Way

  • Jewelry
  • Pottery
  • Crafts
  • Clothing, and more

A Variety of Food

Instrument Exchange

  • Bring your unused instrument and buy one you’ll use.

Support & Sponsors

The Old Songs Festival is made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

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