Festival Fever: Old Songs Festival, 6/27-29/14

Rob Curto, Skip Ward and Clay Ross
Rob Curto, Skip Ward and Clay Ross of Matuto

Photograph by Rudy Lu

Returning to the Altamont Fairgrounds in Altamont, the 34th annual Old Songs Festival will host a wide variety of folk and other acoustic performers during its three-day run, Friday-Sunday, June 27-29.

The family-friendly festival of folk, traditional, Celtic and 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.

Camping is available for all three days with an advance all-festival camping ticket. Tickets may be purchased online after March 15.

The initial round of performers of the 2014 Old Songs fest has been announced, including:

Matuto (folkloric music of Brazil mixed with a bit of bluegrass)
The Stray Birds (a young harmony-laden trio)
De Temps Antan (traditional music of Québec)
Brooks Williams (acoustic guitarist of blues)
Vanaver Caravan (Hudson Valley dance & music company)
Stefan Amidon
Ken & Brad Kolodner
Long Time Courting
Nanne Kalma & Ankie van der Meer
Chris Newman & Maire NiChathasaigh
Cindy Mangsen & Steve Gillette
Laura Sheehan
Sheesham & Lotus
Peter & Mary Alice Amidon
Annie & the Hedonists
Anita Best
Debra Cowan
Fennig’s All-Star String Band
The Fourth Wall Ensemble
Stuart Fuchs
Will Mentor
Tim Mason & Regie O’Hare Gibson
Panache Quartet
Ocean Quartet
Roger the Jester
John Roberts
Bill Spence
Toby Stover
Jake Thomas
George Wilson

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Mountain Jam @ Hunter Mountain, Hunter, 6/5-8/14
Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival @ Saratoga Performing Arts Festival, Saratoga Springs, 6/28&29/14
WGNA’s CountryFest 2014 @ Schaghticoke Fairgrounds, Schaghticoke,

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