Thanks Everyone for a Great Festival!

See you next year: June 28, 29 & 30, 2024

How was this year’s Festival? Let us know.

2023 Performers:

Guy DavisJake BlountLow LilyRum RaggedBeppe GambettaCantripTret FureBruce MolskyAnne Hills & Al PowerScott AinslieWindborneGrosse IsleGangspilSteve GilletteAnita Best & Pamela MorganEvie LadinMáire Ní Chathasaigh & Chris NewmanThe Gaslight TinkersCloud TenJim Gaudet & the Railroad Boys • Matt &Kim WatrobaSara Grey & Kieron MeansSara Milonovich & DaisycutterThe Vox Hunters & Flannery Brown • Forty Degrees SouthAndy CohenMagpieJohn RobertsThe Gawler Sisters with Bennett Konesni & Ethan TischlerGeoff KaufmanJohn Kirk, Trish Miller & Mark Murphy • Corner HouseAlex CummingBen Sachs-HamiltonDirty Blue ShirtsDeirdre & Sean MurthaThe Great Groove BandSally Rogers • George Wilson • Selma Kaplan • Heather Wood • Alan Thomson • Pokingbrook Morris • Stefan Amidon • Chris Koldewey • John Dickson • Ron Gordon • Jake Thomas • Roger the Jesterand more!

2023 Festival Schedule

Our jam-packed 2023 Old Songs Festival Schedule of over 150 workshops, sessions, and performances is up!

New this year: Start your Old Songs weekend early with our expanded lineup on Friday Afternoon, featuring performances, classes, a jam, and a dance.

Also, Check out the new Hands-On! area. Learn about Maritime history, including the music of the sea with Dirty Blue Shirts!

2023 Festival T-Shirts can be purchased in person at the Festival (a Next Level Apparel® Unisex Cotton Tee — in Maroon, as pictured)

or Ordered online from Bonfire (available in many different styles and colors). Bonfire Orders will NOT arrive until after 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.

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 23–25, 2023 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

2023 Festival Schedule

Daytime Sessions
Friday, 2 am – 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

  • Contras with
    The Gaslight Tinkers,
    and Cloud Ten.
  • Community &
    Family Dances
  • Morris Dancing

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.

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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