The Old Songs Festival goes Virtual June 27-29

The Old Songs Festival­ of Traditional Music and Dance will be held virtually over June 25-27, 2021. Old Songs Festival celebrates folk, Quebecois, roots, Americana and world music from Scotland, Newfoundland, Quebec, Africa, the Midwest, Appalachia, New England and more.

The roots music featured at Old Songs Festival is highlighted by new music from contemporary songwriters, as well as music passed down through generations in families and/or communities.

The event will take place on Zoom, with evening concerts simulcast on Folk Music Notebook, the “Internet’s Finest Folk Radio” and on the Old Songs YouTube channel.

Sing, dance, and listen at this highly participatory event for the whole family. At Old Songs Festival, audience members are encouraged to take part in learn-how sessions, sing sacred harp, move their feet to great dance bands, learn Hawaiian Dance, take in a tap lesson or take a Friday afternoon class.

Just like the in-person festival, it will feature over 70 artists and includes “Main Stage” evening concerts, workshops, ‘learn hows’, Dance (yes really), family events, open mics, sings, sacred harp, sightings of Roger the Jester, a photo display of past festivals, and more.

School age children who play an instrument have participated in this year’s virtual “Great Groove Band” and there will be a short video of their performance at the virtual main stage of the festival on Sunday, June 27.

Featured performers this year include: Sheila Kay Adams with Melanie Rice Penland & Donna Ray Norton • Scott Ainslie • Stefan Amidon • Anita Best • Bourque Émissaires • Joe & Jim Bruchac • Matthew Byrne • Children’s Music Network • Andy Cohen • Guy Davis • Jeff Davis • Dennis Stroughmatt et L’Esprit Creole • John Dickson • Danielle Enblom • Frost & Fire Trio • Bing Futch • Steve Gillette & Cindy Mangsen • Sam Gleaves & Deborah Payne • Ron Gordon • Great Gambian Griots: Jali Bakary & Pa Bobo • The Great Groove Band • Hālau O Keikiali’i • Simon Harmer • Reggie Harris • Heard • Jamcrackers • Joe Jencks • Hubby Jenkins • JigJam • Ustad Shafaat Khan • John Kirk & Trish Miller • Chris Koldewey • La Croisee D’Antan • Evie Ladin • Frank Lee & Allie Burbrink • Jim Lloyd with Hunter Wilson & Sophia Pucket • Michael Love • Magpie • Val Medve • Will Mentor • Mist Covered Mountains • Emma O’Sullivan • Linn Phipps • John Roberts • Roger the Jester • Sally Rogers & Howie Bursen • Claudia Schmidt • Cedar Stanistreet & Donal Sheets • Stomp Rocket • Rodney Sutton • Toss the Possum • The Byrne Family • The Vox Hunters • George Wilson • Windborne • Bethany Yarrow • Young Tradition Vermont Touring Group!

For more information and to register at festival.oldsongs.org.

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