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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Kim Nazarian, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

January 31st, 2012, 11:00 am by Greg

Kim Nazarian (front) with New York Voices

Kim Nazarian (center front) with New York Voices

“I don’t really remember the first record that I bought, but I do remember having my own record player when I was a little girl about five or six years old. And I would borrow my parents’ albums. They had a big stack of 33 RPMs, and I was listening to all of their records … Al Hirt, Boots Randolph, Wayne Newton, Brenda Lee and whatever else they had.

At one point in my parents’ career, they owned a little bar and grill that had a jukebox. And I got all of the 45s after they came out of the jukebox. I would listen to every single 45 … both sides. It was one of favorite things to do … to be downstairs playing while I was listening to records. There was always music on the stereo.

I think that, as a musician, half of your education is listening.”

Singer (and Shaker High School grad) Kim Nazarian and the other remembers of Grammy Award-winning jazz vocal quartet New York Voices will lift their voices in concert at Voorheesville High School’s performing arts center at 7:30pm on Friday (February 3). Tix are $25.

John Whelan, What Was the First Album You Ever Bought?

February 10th, 2011, 10:17 am by Greg

John Whelan“I would have to say that probably the first album that I ever bought would have had to have been by Joe Burke, the great accordion player from Galway.

The reason I bought it was because I recorded an album for the same record company when I was 14 years old.

It was Outlet Records in Belfast, and Joe Burke had a new album out called ‘Galway’s Own Joe Burke.’ And I’m pretty sure that was the first album that I ever got.”

Celtic accordionist John Whelan teams up with French Canadian fiddler Donna Hebert to explore the Irish-French connection in concert at Old Songs in Voorheesville at 8pm on Saturday, February 12. Tix are $20; ages 12 & under $5.

(Illustration by Charles Haymes.)

Be Here Now: “The Songs of Malvina Reynolds” @ Old Songs, 9/11/10

September 9th, 2010, 11:58 am by Greg

Malvina Reynolds

Malvina Reynolds

Old Songs in Voorheesville kicks off its fall season on Saturday with a lasagna buffet dinner and a concert featuring some of Nippertown’s finest folk musicians performing “The Songs of Malvina Reynolds.”

A progressive topical songwriter of the ’50 and ’60s, Reynolds is best known for her satiric song “Little Boxes” (the theme for the Showtime series “Weeds”) and the wistfully nostalgic song “Turn Around” (which was a hit for Harry Belafonte. Her songs have also been recorded by Joan Baez, Judy Collins, the Seekers, Pete Seeger, the Limeliters and many others.

Selections from Reynolds vast songbag will be performed on Saturday by the eclectic Annie & the Hedonists, hepcats Addie & Olin, hammered dulcimer master Bill Spence, folksinger George Ward, singer-songwriter Debra Burger and singer-guitarist Roger Mock.

The evening will be begin with dinner at 6pm, followed by the concert at 8pm. Tix are $25; children 12 and under $12. Concert-only tix are available for $15/$5. Proceeds will benefit the Old Songs Capital Fund.

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