Old Songs Announces Fall Concert Schedule

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:

“Songs of the Carter Family”
6pm: Dinner and concert, $25
8pm: Concert only, $15
The annual benefit dinner and concert for the Old Songs Capital Fund kicks off the season with favorites John Roberts, Mark & Carolyn Schmidt, Suzie Ziegler, Bill Spence and George Wilson performing an evening of songs by the Carter Family, the seminal 20th century trailblazers of folk and country music whose influence on bluegrass, country, gospel and folk music is immeasurable.

Archie Fisher
8pm, $20; $5 for children 12 & under
The legendary Scottish troubadour is a master guitarist, singer and songwriter, who is known throughout Scotland as the host of BBC Radio Scotland’s award-winning “Travelling Folk” show for more than a quarter century. Recognized for his many contributions to Scottish folk music, he is a member of the Scots Traditional Music Hall of Fame and was awarded an MBE (Member of the British Empire) in 2006.

Celtic Fiddle Festival
8pm, $25; $5 for children 12 & under
Hailed as “three of the finest folk violinists anywhere” by The Washington Post, Celtic Fiddle Festival – featuring fiddlers Kevin Burke (Ireland), Christian Lemaître (Brittany) and André Brunet (Quebec) – celebrates the violin in all its globe-trotting variations. They’ll be accompanied by Nicolas Quemener (Brittany), a master open-tuning guitarist.

Jez Lowe & James Keelaghan
8pm, $25; $5 for children 12 & under
The two sublime singer-songwriters and solo performers – England’s Jez Lowe and Canada’s James Keelaghan reunite.

John Roberts & Tony Barrand
8pm, $20; $5 for children 12 & under
Widely acclaimed for their lively and entertaining performance of folk songs of the British Isles, John Roberts and Tony Barrand sing the ballads and songs of the sea, of rural pursuits, of social and sociable situations, of industrial toil and strife, and much more.

Alan Reid & Rob van Sante
8pm, $20; $5 for children 12 & under
The ex-Battlefield Band duo of Alan Reid (keyboards, guitar, accordion) and Rob van Sante (guitar) perform an evening of old and new music, featuring original songs as well as Battlefield Band favorites.

Panache Quartet
8pm, $20; $5 for children 12 & under
Panache Quartet is a new group of four fiery women fiddlers – Cape Breton fiddler Andrea Beaton, Franco-American fiddler Donna Hébert, Southern style fiddler Jane Rothfield and Québecois fiddler Véronique Plasse – performing original and traditional songs that literally cross musical borders for an evening of true roots music with a contemporary twist.
NOTE: Panache Quartet will also offer 2-5pm: in-depth workshops for all strings and melody instruments from 2-5pm. For more info and registration, call Old Songs at 518-765-2815.

Nowell Sing We Clear: A Pageant of MidWinter Carols
3pm, $20; $5 for children 12 & under
NOTE: This concert will be held at St. John’s Lutheran Church, Altamont
John Roberts, Tony Barrand, Fred Breunig and Andy Davis celebrate Christmas as it was known for centuries in Britain and North America. The songs come from an age when the midwinter season was a time for joyous celebration and vigorous expression of older, perhaps pagan, religious ideas.

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