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SAVE THE DATES: the 45th Annual Old Songs Festival will take place on June 27, 28 & 29, 2025 at the Altamont Fairgrounds!


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2024 Performers:

John McCutcheonLes ArrivantsWalt Michael & Co. • Arise & Go
Robin & Linda WilliamsReggie Harris & Pat Wictor • Grosse Isle
The Ebony HillbilliesJoe JencksSharon Katz & the Peace Train
Cathy Fink, Marcy Marcer, & Chao Tian: From China to Appalachia
Yacouba Sissoko Trio • Rhythm Future QuartetCris Williamson
Kay Justice & Sam Gleaves • Elizabeth LaPrelle & the Family Band
Annie & the HedonistsPeggy Lynn & Dan Duggan • Anne Hills
Rory MakemDirty Blue ShirtsStove Dragon • The Moving Violations
Dave Eisenstadter • Adina Gordon • Lee MurdockGeorge Wilson
John Roberts • Deb CowanSteve Turner • Deirdre & Sean Murtha •
Chris Koldewey • Stefan Amidon • John Dickson • Alan Thomson •
Ron Gordon • Ron Bruschi • 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 FolkMusicNotebook.com!

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 27–29, 2025 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

Festival Tips!

2024 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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