2022 Old Songs Folk Festival Returns In Person

The 42nd annual 3-day Old Songs Folk Festival of Traditional Music and Dance will be held IN PERSON on June 24, 25 & 26 at the Altamont Fairgrounds, Rt. 146, Altamont, NY.  

Music with Roots! Old Songs celebrates Folk, Celtic, Quebecois, Roots, Americana, and World music; from Ireland, Scotland, England, Quebec, Italy, India, the Midwest, Appalachia, New England, and more. Hear traditional, fusion, and new music from contemporary musicians, singers, and songwriters. 

Sing, dance, jam, and listen at this highly participatory event for the whole family. Old Songs encourages audience members to join jam sessions, take part in learn-how sessions, sing sacred harp, move their feet to their great dance bands or take a Friday afternoon class.  School-age children who play an instrument can participate in the “Great Groove Band” during the festival with the help of music coaches and musical instruction, as well as join in on their Sunday performance.  

There are three main stage concerts, each featuring multiple artists on Friday & Saturday from 6:30-11 pm, and Sunday from 3:30 to 7 pm in the leafy, open-air main stage area (rain site also provided). During the day on Saturday and Sunday, there are 100+ performances, dances, interactive workshops, and jams in ten areas around the grounds. An extensive artisan area and diverse food concessions are also available.  

Listen to featured performers, representing many regions and countries: John McCutcheon • É.T.É (Quebec) • John Doyle & Mick McAuley (Ireland) • Hubby Jenkins • Windborne • Beppe Gambetta (Italy) • Sheila Kay Adams with Donna Ray Norton & Melanie Rice Penland • Copley Street (Ireland) • The Vox Hunters • Lea Gilmore • Bourque Émissaires (Quebec) • Joe Jencks • Reggie Harris • Dennis Stroughmatt & L’Esprit Creole • Matthew Byrne • Jim Lloyd • Sam Gleaves & Deborah Payne • Roy Book Binder • Magpie • Scott Ainslie • Sally Rogers • Howie Bursen • Claudia Schmidt • Andy Cohen • Bethany Yarrow • Great Gambian Griots • Joseph & James Bruchac • John Kirk & Trish Miller • Ustad Shafaat Khan (India) • Jamcrackers • John Roberts • Heard • George Wilson • Colleen Cleveland • John Dickson • Jake Thomas • Ron Gordon • Chris Koldewey • The Great Groove Band • Roger the Jester • and more to come!

All day and evening long, dancing on a wooden floor, Contras, Sean-nós, Quebecois step dancing, and more to music by É.T.É, Copley Street, The Vox Hunters, Jamcrackers, George Wilson, Cedar Stanistreet and more.  

Tickets may be purchased online at festival.oldsongs.org, by phone at 518-765-2815, or at the festival gate.

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