FEST: Old Songs Folk Festival Returns to Altamont Fairgrounds

May 22nd, 2017, 12:00 pm by Greg

The audience at Old Songs

Photograph by Michael Seinberg

Great guitarists, a good dose of blues, all day and evening dancing on a wooden floor, a cappella singing, Appalachian songs, a mariachi band, yodeling, maritime songs, juggling, Tuvan throat singing, old-timey music, musical saw playing, shape-note gatherings, music from Ireland… and so much more.

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Yes, the Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music & Dance is headed back to the Altamont Fairgrounds from Friday-Sunday, June 23-25.

The 37th annual, three-day, family-friendly festival of folk 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 more than 100 daytime workshops led by the fest’s performers. Also featured are a juried craft show, food and instrument vendors, and a children’s activity area.

The fest will kick off at 2:30pm on Friday, June 23 with a batch of workshops, followed by a special performance of the Old Songs production, “Forward into Light: The American Women’s Suffrage Movement in New York State in Song and Story.”

Discounted all-festival, three-day tickets are available through Friday, June 2, priced at $120; $115 seniors; $60 students; $50 youth; free for children. Single-day tickets are also available. And, of course, on-site camping is available, too.

Here’s the schedule of Main Stage concerts for the 2017 Old Songs Festival:

FRIDAY, JUNE 23, 6:30pm
Emcee: John Roberts
Down Hill Strugglers with John Cohen
Tom Lewis
The Short Sisters
The Waxwing Four
The Jeremiahs
Keith Murphy
Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes
Joe Jencks & Si Kahn

SATURDAY, JUNE 24, 6:30pm
Emcee: Anne Hills
Fiesta del Norte
Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris
Archie Fisher
Pascal Gemme and Yann Falquet
Alash
Pat Donohue
The Heather Pierson Acoustic Trio
The Press Gang

SUNDAY, JUNE 25, 3:30pm
Emcees: Bill Spence & Roger the Jester
Great Groove Band
Joel Eckhaus & Tim Findlen
Debra Cowan & Margaret Walters
Jamcrackers
GX3+

And here’s a complete round-up of the featured performers:

Atlantic Crossing
Pat Donohue
Scott Ainslie & Reggie Harris
GX3+
Jeff Davis & Dave Ruch
Fiesta del Norte
Alash
Anne Hills
Joe Jencks & Si Kahn
The Jeremiahs
The Heather Pierson Trio
Seaglass
The Vododeeyos
The Down Hill Strugglers & John Cohen
The Press Gang
The Short Sisters
Pascal Gemme & Yann Falquet
Archie Fisher
Tom Lewis
Sam Gleaves & Tyler Hughes
Keith Murphy
Larry Kaplan
Alan Kaufman
Margaret Walters
Debra Cowan
John Roberts
Magpie
Jamcrackers
Roger the Jester
Fennig’s All Stars
John Dickson
The Waxwing Four

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ADDITIONAL UPCOMING FESTIVALS:
GOTTAGETGON @ Saratoga County Fairgrounds, Ballston Spa, May 26-28
FLY 92.3’s SUMMER JAM 2017 @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, Saratoga Springs, June 3
FREEDOM FESTIVAL @ Freedom Square, Troy, June 3, FREE
A TASTE OF COUNTRY MUSIC FESTIVAL @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 9-11
BIKES, BREWS & BBQ @ Wood Park, Lake George, June 10
MOUNTAIN JAM @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, June 16-18
CLEARWATER’S GREAT HUDSON RIVER REVIVAL @ Croton Point Park in Croton-on-Hudson, June 17 & 18
SOLID SOUND @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, June 23-25
FREIHOFER’S SARATOGA JAZZ FESTIVAL @ Saratoga Performing Arts Center, June 24 & 25
COUNTRYFEST 2017 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke, July 8
GREY FOX BLUEGRASS FESTIVAL @ Walsh Farm, Oak Hill, July 13-16
FRESHGRASS @ MASS MoCA, North Adams, September 15-17
JAZZ AT THE LAKE @ Shepard Park, Lake George, September 16 & 17, FREE