The 2022 Old Songs Festival will take place in-person on June 24, 25 & 26 at the Altamont Fairgrounds!

Tickets are now on Sale

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

Order your 2022 Festival T-Shirts on Bonfire!

Shirts are now available on Bonfire in many different colors and styles. Order by May 30, if you would like to receive your shirts before the festival. (T-Shirts will also be available for purchase in person at the Festival in a single style and color.)

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 Festival — COVID-19 Safety Policy

We are following the evolving landscape of risks and precautions as well as federal/state/local guidelines related to COVID. The goal is to have a Covid Safety Policy to keep staff, volunteers, and attendees as safe as practical.

All attendees 5 years and older must provide proof of vaccination on first entry into the festival.  (Pfizer/Moderna 2 shots, Johnson & Johnson 1 shot).  We recommend masking when indoors or in crowded areas.  This policy may be revised at any time depending largely on the changing nature of COVID as well as any federal/state/local guidelines in place at the time. Additionally, if you are experiencing any symptoms of COVID (cold, cough, runny nose, fever, flu-like symptoms) at the time of the event, please stay home, and request a full refund.

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.

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

Friday Classes
& Sessions
2 – 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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