FEST: Old Songs Festival @ Altamont Fairgrounds

June 16th, 2015, 12:00 pm by Greg

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Photograph of April Verch by Andrzej Pilarczyk

Returning to the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, the 35th annual Old Songs Festival will host a wide variety of folk and other acoustic performers during its three-day run, Friday-Sunday, June 26-28.

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The family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic, world music and dance is well known throughout the northeast for its relaxed atmosphere, interactive sessions and workshops, hands-on experience and participatory nature. In addition to three main stage concerts, there will be 120 daytime workshops led by the fest’s performers. Also featured are a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a well-run children’s activity area.

The fest will kick off at 2:30pm on Friday, June 26 with a batch of workshops, followed by a 4pm performance of “Down with the Rent!” featuring songs of the Anti-Rent Rebellion of New York State, sung by Magpie, George Ward, John Roberts, Bill Spence, Greg Clarke, Toby Stover and George Wilson.

The Friday and Saturday night Main Stage concerts will be followed by an 11pm contra dance. On-site camping is also available.

Here’s the line-up of performers for the 2015 fest’s Main Stage concerts:

FRIDAY, JUNE 26
Calan
Joe Bruchac
Sheila Kay Adams
Joel Mabus
Brother Sun
Jez Lowe
Anne Hills
Mulebone

SATURDAY, JUNE 27, 6:30pm
Runa
Martin Grosswendt
Ellis Delaney
Yves Lambert Trio
April Verch Band
Stu Fuchs
Brian Peters
Dennis Stroughmatt et l’Esprit Creole

SUNDAY, JUNE 28, 4pm
Andrew & Noah Band
Murray Callahan
Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
Bing Futch
Ken Whiteley & the Beulah Band

ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS FOR 2015:
Troy River Fest @ River Street, Troy, 6/20/15, FREE
Clearwater’s Great Hudson River Revival @ Croton Point Park, Croton-on-Hudson, 6/20&21/15
Dad Fest @ Jennings Landing, Albany, 6/21/15, FREE
Solid Sound @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 6/26-28/15
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, 6/27-28/15
New York State’s 4th of July Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 7/4/15, FREE
Schenectady County SummerNight @ State Street, Schenectady, 7/10/15, FREE
Green River Festival @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, Mass., 7/10-12/15
CountryFest @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, 7/11/15
Bang On a Can Summer Music Festival @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 7/15-8/1/15
Grey Fox Bluegrass Festival @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, 7/16-19/15
The Black Arts and Cultural Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 8/1/15, FREE
The New York State Food Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 8/12/15, FREE
Hispanic Heritage Celebration @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, 9/12/15, FREE
The Plaza at 50 Festival @ the Empire State Plaza, Albany, 9/16/15, FREE
FreshGrass @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, 9/18-20/15