Songwriting with Steve Gillette

Cattle Building

You must Pre-register for this Workshop. To register for this Workshop: please send an email to joy@oldsongs.org with “Steve’s Songwriting Workshop” in the subject line.   Steve Gillette Steve Gillete is a successful songwriter with many gold and platinum recordings to his credit. He wrote the book, “Songwriting and the Creative Process” which is published […]

Solstice Songs for the Forest with Bethany Yarrow

Dutch Barn

Bethany Yarrow sings music of power and of praise. She is a song keeper, an earth activist, and a student of the spiritual traditions of the Americas. Onstage, she is a mesmerizing, dancing spirit with a powerful voice and a living prayer for unity at the heart of her music. “Music and activism have always […]

Fiddle Tunes from Long Island with Jeff Davis

Sheep Barn

Old Long Island was a hotbed of tunes, and there are at least two collections to prove it: William Sidney Mount (1807-1868), the famous painter of The Banjo Player and The Bones Player, was also a fiddler; his collection spans music from English marches, Irish jigs, to tunes learned from the minstrel stage and from […]

100 Years of Songs for Social & Political Action (1840s through 1930s) with Magpie

Sheep Barn

For more than forty years, Magpie has brought its unique sound and breathtaking versatility to audiences everywhere. From traditional songs to vintage blues, from swing and country to folk classics to contemporary and stirring original compositions, they cover a lot of musical ground. They bring to the stage powerful voices and harmonies and excellent instrumental […]

Songs from Larkin Bryant with Andy Cohen

Dutch Barn

Andy Cohen is a blues musician who plays, for the most part, Southeastern music that used to be found on 78’s, including blues, gospel, country dance music, fiddle tunes, monologues, ballads, classic rags, ditties, country songs, and boogies. As well as a virtuoso finger-style guitarist, he is also an enthusiastic proponent of the dolceola, a […]

The Storytelling Stone: Sharing Traditional Native American Stories with James and Joseph Bruchac

Sheep Barn

Joseph Bruchac For over forty years, Joseph Bruchac has been creating literature and music that reflect his indigenous heritage and traditions. He is a proud Nulhegan Abenaki citizen and respected elder among his people. Although his American Indian heritage is only one part of an ethnic background that includes Slovak and English blood, those Native roots […]

Delta Blues with Bing Futch

Sheep Barn

Using Appalachian mountain dulcimer, Native American flute, ukulele, and a board full of stomp-boxes, Bing Futch celebrates traditional and modern Americana music with passion, humor, and boundless energy. Known for his musical shape-shifting, Bing switches the channels on style and tone with every new song, from his roots-rock and blues originals to The Rocky Horror […]

Scots Gaelic Song Types with Linn Phipps

Dutch Barn

Linn Phipps is a UK-based traditional folk singer, in Gaelic and English.  What drives her is her passion for traditional music and especially for Gaelic song, which has been the love of her life. She sing as a soloist, with musician friends, in a folk group, with two Gaelic choirs (Lothian and Còisir Lunnainn),and less formally […]

Sea Chantey Workshop with John Roberts & Chris Koldewey

Sheep Barn

John Roberts has been singing English folk songs since the early 1960s, when he joined a local folk club in his native Worcestershire. In America since 1968, he joined with Tony Barrand to form a duo which has lasted ever since. Singing in unaccompanied harmony, or with concertina or banjo, their entertaining style has delighted […]

Songs of Work & Solidarity with Joe Jencks & Andy Cohen

Cattle Building

Merging conservatory training with his Irish roots and working-class upbringing, Joe Jencks delivers engaged musical narratives filled with heart, soul, groove, and grit. He is particularly noted for his unique merging of musical beauty, social consciousness, and spiritual exploration. Blending well-crafted instrumentals and vivid songwriting, Joe serves it all up with a lyric baritone voice […]

Of Hard Times and Harmony with Windborne

Dutch Barn

Windborne is a group of vocal chameleons who specialize in close harmony singing, shifting effortlessly between drastically different styles of traditional music within the same concert. Their musical knowledge spans many continents and cultures, but they remain deeply rooted in American folk-singing traditions. Lynn Mahoney Rowan, Will Thomas Rowan, Lauren Breunig, and Jeremy Carter-Gordon share […]