Old Songs Announces Its Winter/Spring Concert Schedule

January 13th, 2014, 4:00 pm by Greg

Old Songs in Voorheesville has announced the schedule of concerts for its winter/spring concert series leading up to the 34th annual the Old Songs Festival, scheduled for the Altamont Fairgrounds from Friday-Sunday, June 27-29.

Of course, June is a long ways off, but here’s what we have to look forward to from Old Songs before then:

Saturday (January 18), 8pm
The April Verch Band
Canadian fiddler & stepdancer
$23; $5 children 12 & under

Saturday, January 25, 8pm
“Old Songs Sampler”
Featuring Shepards Pie, Lawson, Bob Altuschuler & Guy Mills, Casy Burger & Dhyana Miller, Alan Thomson & Colin McCoy. A benefit for the 2014 Old Songs Festival.
$20; $5 children 12 & under

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Old Songs Announces Fall Concert Schedule

September 9th, 2013, 3:00 pm by Greg

Old Songs in Voorheesville has announced its fall season of concerts, which kicks off with a tribute to the seminal music of the Carter Family and concludes, as always, with the rousing holiday pageant of Nowell Sing We Clear. In between, you’ll find plenty of stellar singer-songwriters, traditional folk music torchbearers and lots of fiery fiddling.

Here’s the schedule of Old Songs concerts for the remainder of 2013:

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New Dances at Old Songs

November 2nd, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

Old Songs Contra Dance Series 2012

An old dance tradition gets new legs this weekend when two of Nippertown’s leading proponents of traditional dance – Old Songs and Homespun Occasions – join forces to kick off a new monthly series of Old Songs Community Dances. The first of the dances will take place at Old Songs in Voorheesville at 7:30pm on Saturday (November 3), featuring caller Paul Rosenberg and live music by Tamarack. The evening begins with a covered dish supper at 6:30pm.

The idea behind the dance series is to create a family-friendly community dance. The series will feature simple, fun, joyous dances from the U.S. and around the world in circle, square, contra and other configurations. It’s a long-standing tradition to bring people of all ages together in an evening of simple joyous dances that anyone of any age can do, whether you have ever danced before or not.

Admission is $7; children $3.

Here’s the schedule for the upcoming Community Dances at Old Songs:

SATURDAY (NOVEMBER 3): Paul Rosenberg calls; Tamarack plays.
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 1: Gail Griffith calls; Fennig’s All-Stars play.
SATURDAY, JANUARY 5: Fern Bradley calls; Fennig’s All-Stars play.
SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 2: Bob Nicholson calls; Fancy That plays.
SATURDAY, MARCH 2: John Kirk & Trish Miller call; John & Trish play, too.
SATURDAY, APRIL 6: Paul Rosenberg calls; Fennig’s All-Stars play.

Old Songs Fall Concert Season Kicks Off on Saturday

September 14th, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

There’s more to Old Songs than just the annual end-of-June Old Songs Festival. In fact, the Voorheesville-based organization is dedicated to preserving traditional music and dance all year round with concerts, open mic sessions, classes, workshops, dances and a host of other activities for the whole family.

Old Songs is gearing up to kick off their fall concert series, beginning on Saturday (September 15) with a special tribute to the music of Woody Guthrie featuring an all-star gathering of some of Nippertown’s finest folk musicians.

Woody Guthrie

Woody Guthrie

Here’s the line-up of Old Songs concerts for 2012:

SATURDAY (SEPTEMBER 15), 6pm dinner; 8pm concert
“Songs of Woody Guthrie”
featuring George Wilson, Bill Spence, Michael Eck, Debra Burger and Roger Mock & Mark Shepard
Dinner & Concert: $25; ages 12 & under $15
Concert only: $15; ages 12 & under $5
It’s a benefit for the Old Songs Capital Fund, celebrating the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great American folksong writer with a lasgna dinner and lots of Woody songs.

Jim Malcolm
$20; ages $12 & under $5
Formerly the frontman for Old Blind Dogs, the multi-talented Jim Malcolm is the ultimate Scots troubadour, traveling the world with his guitar, harmonicas, engaging wit and a vast songbag of Scottish songs.

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Five Firsts: Hanneke Cassel

February 7th, 2012, 10:00 am by Greg

The Hanneke Cassel Trio

The Hanneke Cassel Trio

NAME: Hanneke Cassel
BAND AFFILIATION: The Hanneke Cassel Trio (with cellist Ariel Friedman and guitaristn Christopher Lewis)

1. THE FIRST ALBUM I EVER BOUGHT WAS … (tape) Michael W. Smith’s “The Big Picture”

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Festival Fever: Old Songs Festival Announces Line-Up of Performers

January 9th, 2012, 2:00 pm by Greg

With a family-friendly cavalcade of folk, traditional, Celtic and world music, the 32nd annual Old Songs Festival takes over the Altamont Fairgrounds from Friday-Sunday, June 22-24.

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LIVE: “Four Seasons, Four Years – The Civil War: A Musical Journey” @ Old Songs, 11/17/11

December 29th, 2011, 1:00 pm by Greg

The American Civil War was a brutal, bloody struggle, pitting North against South and brother against brother. It literally tore the country in two. But the set list was great.

Old Songs’ presentation of “Four Seasons, Four Years – The Civil War: A Musical Journey” brings the songs and sounds of the Civil War back to life without stinting on the truth, the tragedy and the horror.

Ken Burns famously fused folk music with history in his PBS “The Civil War” series, but “Four Seasons, Four Years” creator Andy Spence (whose great-grandfather fought for the Union) has truly brought the war home by focusing on New York State sources.

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Old Songs Announces Fall Concert Schedule

August 5th, 2011, 11:00 am by Greg

Sarah McQuade

Sarah McQuade

The folks over at Old Songs are getting a jump on the fall concert season by hosting an August concert next week.

The Paul McKenna Band rolls into Old Songs in Voorheesville at 8pm on Thursday, August 11, performing an evening of traditional tunes as well as original songs, all decked out in innovative arrangements, outstanding vocals, driving guitar and bouzouki, intense fiddling, the warm pairing of flute and whistles and dynamic bodhrán percussion. Tix are $20.

Here’s the fall concert schedule for Old Songs:

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