Press Release

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

The 42nd annual 3-day Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance will be held IN PERSON on June 24, 25 & 26, 2022 at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Rt. 146, Altamont, NY.

Music with Roots! Old Songs celebrates Folk, Celtic, Quebecois, Roots, Americana, and World music; from Ireland, Scotland, England, Quebec, Italy, India, the Midwest, Appalachia, New England, and more. Hear traditional, fusion, and new music from Contemporary Musicians, Singers and Songwriters.

Sing, Dance, Jam, and Listen at this highly participatory event for the whole family, Old Songs encourages audience members to join jam sessions, take part in learn-how sessions, sing sacred harp, move their feet to our great dance bands or take a Friday afternoon class.

School-age children who play an instrument can participate in the “Great Groove Band” during the festival with the help of music coaches and musical instruction. The band does a stage performance on Sunday.

There are three main stage concerts, each featuring multiple artists on Friday & Saturday from 6:30 -11 pm, and Sunday 3:30 – 7 pm in the leafy, open-air main stage area (rain site also provided). During the day on Saturday and Sunday there are 100 plus performances, dances, interactive workshops, and jams in ten areas around the grounds. An extensive artisan area and diverse food concessions are also available.

Listen to featured performers, representing many regions and countries: John McCutcheon • É.T.É (Quebec) • John Doyle & Mick McAuley (Ireland) • Hubby Jenkins • Windborne • Beppe Gambetta (Italy) • Sheila Kay Adams with Donna Ray Norton & Melanie Rice Penland • Copley Street (Ireland) • The Vox Hunters • Lea Gilmore • Bourque Émissaires (Quebec) • Joe Jencks • Reggie Harris • Dennis Stroughmatt & L’Esprit Creole • Matthew Byrne • Jim Lloyd • Sam Gleaves & Deborah Payne • Roy Book Binder • Magpie • Scott Ainslie • Sally Rogers • Howie Bursen • Claudia Schmidt • Andy Cohen • Bethany Yarrow • Great Gambian Griots • Joseph & James Bruchac • John Kirk & Trish Miller • Ustad Shafaat Khan (India) • Jamcrackers • John Roberts • Heard • George Wilson • Colleen Cleveland • John Dickson • Jake Thomas • Ron Gordon • Chris Koldewey • The Great Groove Band • Roger the Jester • and more to come! All day and evening long, dancing on a wooden floor, Contras, Sean-nós, Quebecois step dancing, and more to music by É.T.É , Copley Street, The Vox Hunters, Jamcrackers, George Wilson, Cedar Stanistreet and more.

COVID-19 Safety Policy: We are following the evolving landscape of risks and precautions as well as federal/state/local guidelines related to COVID. There will be a Covid Safety Policy in place at festival time to keep staff, volunteers, and attendees as safe as practical. Our current Festival COVID-19 Safety Policy is available at festival.oldsongs.org.

Tickets may be purchased online at festival.oldsongs.org, by phone at 518-765-2815, or at the festival gate.

 


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