FEST: Old Songs Festival Returns to Altamont Fairgrounds This Weekend

June 22nd, 2016, 11:00 am by Greg

The audience at Old Songs

Photograph by Michael Seinberg

Returning to the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, the 36th annual Old Songs Festival will host a wide variety of folk and other acoustic performers during its three-day run this weekend, Friday-Sunday, June 24-26.

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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 3:30pm on Friday with a batch of workshops. The Friday and Saturday night Main Stage concerts will be followed by an 11pm contra dance. And, of course, on-site camping is also available.

Here’s the line-up of performers for the 2016 fest’s Main Stage concerts:

FRIDAY (JUNE 24), 6:30pm
Emcee: John Roberts
Featuring Moonshine Holler, Nanne & Ankie, Ustad Shafaat Khan, Anne Hills, Annie & the Hedonists, Matthew Byrne, Kim & Reggie Harris and Cassie & Maggie MacDonald

SATURDAY (JUNE 25) 6:30pm
Emcee: Joe Jencks
Featuring Jeremy Kittel Band, Low Lily, Alistair Anderson, Robin & Linda Williams, Brian Conway & John Walsh, Barrule, Claudia Schmidt, Sally Rogers & Howard Bursen and Phil Wiggin’s Tidewater Trio

SUNDAY (JUNE 26) 3:30pm
Emcees Bill Spence & Roger the Jester
Featuring the Great Groove Band, the Canal Street String Band, Andy Cohen and Pete’s Posse

OLD SONGS FESTIVAL @ Altamont Fairgrounds, Altamont, June 24-26
BEACON JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Pete & Toshi Seeger Riverfront Park, June 25 UPDATE: This festival has been cancelled…
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 25 & 26
NEW YORK STATE’S 4TH OF JULY CELEBRATION @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 4, FREE
GREEN RIVER FESTIVAL @ Greenfield Community College, Greenfield, July 8-10
COUNTRYFEST @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 9
KIDS DAY @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, July 9, FREE
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 14-17
SCHENECTADY COUNTY SUMMERNIGHT @ State & Jay streets, Schenectady, July 15, FREE
ART ON LARK @ Lark Street, Albany, July 16, FREE
BLACK ARTS & CULTURAL FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 6, FREE
SPEED OF SOUND FESTIVAL @ Dutchess County Airport, Wappingers Falls, August 7
NEW YORK STATE FOOD FESTIVAL @ Empire State Plaza, Albany, August 10, FREE
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 16-18
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 17 & 18, FREE
AMERICAN MUSIC FESTIVAL FOR THE LAKE @ Charles Wood Park, Lake George, September 24 & 25