43rd Annual Old Songs Music Festival Scheduled for June 23-25 at Altamont Fairgrounds

The Old Songs Festival of Traditional Music and Dance will hold its 43rd annual celebration at Altamont Fairgrounds in Albany County from June 23-25.

The three main stage concerts each feature multiple artists on Friday and Saturday from 6:30 -11 p.m., and Sunday from 3:30 – 7 p.m. in the leafy, open-air main stage area, and over 100 daytime workshops, dances, and performances. Also featured are craft, food, and instrument vendors, and a well-run children’s activity area for all three days of the festival.

Pianists perform at a previous Old Songs Music Festival at Altamont Fairgrounds. Credit: Old Songs Festival.

The Old Songs Music Festival held annually at Altamont Fairgrounds since 1997, celebrates Folk, Celtic, Quebecois, Roots, Americana, and World music from Ireland, Scotland, England, Quebec, Italy, India, the Midwest, Appalachia, New England, and more. This participatory event for the whole family encourages audience members to join jam sessions, take part in learn-how sessions, and classes, sing sacred harps, or move their feet to our great dance bands. School-age children who play an instrument can participate in the “Great Groove Band,” which has a stage performance at the Sunday festival, with the help of music coaches and musical instruction.

Old Songs, Inc., centered in the Capital Region, is a non-profit organization dedicated to keeping traditional music and dance alive through festivals, concerts, dances, and educational programs.

Tickets may be purchased online, by phone, or at the festival gate.

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