Press Release

The 2021 Old Songs Festival, June 25–27 is VIRTUAL!

The Old Songs Virtual Festival­ of Traditional Music and Dance will be held on June 25, 26, & 27, 2021. The event will take place on Zoom and be viewable on your computer, tablet, smartphone and more. The Evening Concerts will be simulcast on Folk Music Notebook, the “Internet’s Finest Folk Radio” and on the Old Songs YouTube channel.

Just like the in-person festival, it will feature over 70 artists and include: “Main Stage” Evening Concerts, Workshops, Learn Hows, Dance (really), Family Events, Open Mics, Sings, Sacred Harp, sightings of Roger the Jester, a photo display of past festivals, and more.

Music with Roots! Old Songs celebrates Folk, Quebecois, Roots, Americana and World music; from Scotland, Newfoundland, Quebec, Africa, the Midwest, Appalachia, New England and more. Hear new music from Contemporary Songwriters, as well as music passed down through generations in families and/or communities.

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

School age children who play an instrument have participated in this year’s virtual “Great Groove Band” and there will be a short video of their performance at the virtual main stage of the festival on Sunday,

Featured performers: Sheila Kay Adams with Melanie Rice Penland & Donna Ray Norton • Scott Ainslie • The Amidon Family • Anita Best • Bourque Émissaires • Joe & Jim Bruchac • Matthew Byrne • Children’s Music Network • Andy Cohen • Guy Davis • Jeff Davis • Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole • John Dickson • Danielle Enblom • Frost & Fire Trio • Bing Futch • Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen • Sam Gleaves & Deborah Payne • Ron Gordon • Great Gambian Griots: Jali Bakary & Pa Bobo • The Great Groove Band • Hālau O Keikiali’i • Simon Harmer • Reggie Harris • Heard • Jamcrackers • Joe Jencks • Hubby Jenkins • JigJam • Ustad Shafaat Khan • John Kirk & Trish Miller • Chris Koldewey • La Croisee D’Antan • Evie Ladin • Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink • Jim Lloyd with Hunter Wilson & Sophia Pucket • Michael Love • Magpie • Val Medve • Will Mentor • Mist Covered Mountains • Emma O’Sullivan • Linn Phipps • John Roberts • Roger the Jester • Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen • Claudia Schmidt • Cedar Stanistreet & Donal Sheets • Stomp Rocket • Rodney Sutton • Toss the Possum • The Byrne Family • The Vox Hunters • George Wilson • Windborne • Bethany Yarrow • Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group!

Register at All Ticket Types provide full access to the Festival.


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