Old Songs to Host a Tribute to Tony Barrand on May 13th

VOORHEESVILLE – On May 13th, Old Songs will be hosting a musical tribute and celebration of Tony Barrand. The night will consist of Barrand’s music through the years and will feature performances from John Roberts, Andy Davis, Fred Breunig, Keith Murphy, Becky Tracy, and Heather Wood. The show will start at 7:30 pm and will be held at the Old Songs building, as well as streamed online.

Dr. Anthony Barrand, the beloved musician and folklorist the folk community affectionately knew simply as “Tony”, was a professor emeritus at Boston University where he taught folklore of dance and song and psychological approaches to the arts. His collection of films and videos of Morris, sword, and clog dancing are incorporated in the Archive of American Folk Culture at the Library of Congress.

Barrand sang and recorded with John Roberts, his partner of almost 40 years. Widely acclaimed interpreters of English ballads and songs, they are best known in the Capital Region and beyond for the popular annual Christmas pageant, “Nowell Sing We Clear,” which toured the Northeast without fail for 40 years, always with fresh material that linked current events to the timeless themes of winter, solstice, and Christmas. 

This performance will feature a group of world-class musicians and singers that Tony counted as his closest collaborators throughout his life. Join Old Songs in celebration on May 13th to honor, remember, and bid farewell to an exceptional man and musician.


Proof of vaccination and masks are required.

Tickets are $25 for adults in-person, and $10 for children in-person, and $10 for live-streaming. Tickets can be purchased here. All In-Person Concerts will also be live-streamed to the Old Songs YouTube Channel.

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