Save the Date: The 2023 Old Songs Festival will take place on June 23, 24 & 25 at the Altamont Fairgrounds!

2022 Performers:

John McCutcheon • John Doyle & Mick McAuley • Hubby Jenkins Sheila Kay Adams with Donna Ray Norton & Melanie Rice Penland • Windborne • The Vox Hunters • Roy Book Binder • Bourque Émissaires • É.T.É Jim Lloyd & Addie Levy • Reggie Harris • Matthew Byrne • Heard • Dennis Stroughmatt & L’Esprit Creole • Joe Jencks • Copley Street • Sam Gleaves & Deborah Payne • Andy Cohen • Great Gambian Griots • Magpie with Rolly BrownJoseph & James Bruchac • Bethany Yarrow • Sally Rogers, Howie Bursen & Claudia SchmidtUstad Shafaat Khan • Cloud Ten • Petrichord • JamcrackersColleen Cleveland • John Roberts • Chris Koldewey • Stefan Amidon • George Wilson & Selma Kaplan • The Great Groove Band • Ron Gordon • John Dickson • Jake Thomas • Fern Bradley • Ted Crane • The Cast of the Erie Canal Show • Roger the Jester • and more!

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

Order your 2022 Festival T-Shirts on Bonfire!

Shirts are now available on Bonfire in many different colors and styles. (Premium T-Shirts in Bondi Blue will also be available for purchase in person at the Festival)

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.

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.

2022 Festival Schedule

Festival Hours:

  • Friday: 2 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

Friday Classes
& Sessions
3 – 6 pm

Saturday &
Sunday Daytime

9:30 am – 6 pm

  • Performances
  • Musical Sessions
  • Participatory Jam Sessions
  • Instrument Learn-Hows

Dancing on a
Wooden Floor

  • Contras
  • Community &
    Family Dances

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
  • Demonstrations
  • Clothing, and more

Instrument Exchange

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


The Old Songs Festival and Generations Project are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Kathy Hochul and the New York State Legislature.

Old Songs, Inc. is funded in part by a Humanities New York CARES Grant with support
from the National Endowment for the Humanities and the federal CARES Act



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