NY's Capital Region
Cajun/Zydeco Dance

Featuring: Zydegroove

Workshop with Ron Bruschi 7:00/Band starts at 8:00
Admision: 15 (DFO Members $12)

For more info call: 518-449-1604, email: or go to



Fun, simple dances from the U.S. and around the world. For every age and ability. All dances will be taught. Circles, contras, squares.

Featuring: Set Americain
with caller Gail Griffith

7:00 - 9:30 PM
Admision: $8 per person, children 12 & under are free

In partner with: Homepsun Occasions


Nowell Sing We Clear
A Pageant of Mid-Winter Carols

at St. John’s Lutheran Church,
140 Maple Ave in Altamont, NY

3:00 PM
Tickets: $20/adults; $5/children 12 & under

This will be the 40th and final season of Nowell Sing We Clear with its unusual songs, carols, stories and customs. Drawn mostly from English language folk traditions from both sides of the Atlantic, the songs tell both a version of the events and characters involved in the Christmas story and detail the customs that make up the twelve magical days following the return of the light at the Winter Solstice. Many of these ancient customs are the basis of today’s holiday traditions. A special and unusual treat is the enactment of a Mummer’s play from Kentucky, a madcap tale of death and rebirth done in street theater style and featuring characters such as Pickled Herring, Father Christmas and a hobby horse-riding doctor of questionable expertise.

While much of the singing is done in unaccompanied style, the pageant is also stamped with the energetic dance band sound of fiddle, button accordion, electric piano, drums and concertina. The audience, supplied with song sheets, is encouraged to sing along on many of the carols and, indeed, this annual performance for Old Songs is especially noted for the robust participation of its audience. Performers are John Roberts and Tony Barrand, widely known for their lively presentations of English folk songs, and Fred Breunig and Andy Davis, well known in New England as dance callers and musicians.

Eventbrite - Nowell Sing We Clear: A Pageant of Mid-Winter Carols

Or call Old Songs to reserve:
(518) 765-2815
If online tickets sellout, they may still be available from Old Songs;
Call office to inquire: 518-765-2815 


1st Wednesday - Open Mic: 7:30 pm
sign up to perform 15 minutes. Kate Blain, MC. $3

2nd Sunday (Oct.-May) - Pickin' & Singin' Gatherin': 1-4 pm
A singin-a-round for the whole family.

2nd Wednesday (Sept.-June) - Contra Dance Tunes: 7:30 pm
Build your skills and dance tune repertoire. $3

3rd Monday (Sept.-May) - Drum Class: 7:00 pm
November Class moved to 4th Monday, Nov. 24
African drumming with instructor John Dickson. $15

3rd Wednesday (Oct..-June) - Irish Slow Session: 7:30 pm
Play traditional Irish music with others. $4

4th Sunday (Sept.-June) - Sunday 4 Poetry: 3:00 pm
Poetry Open Mic with guest poets. Donation

4th Wednesday (Sept.-May) - Aussie Bush Band Jam: 7:00 pm
Play tunes from Down Under. Led by Terri Lukacko. $3

More info on these events

Photos from the 2013 Old Songs Festival!
Photos by Bill Spence

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4S-4Y CD...
Four Seasons, Four Years—
The Civil War: a Musical Journey


2-CD Set, 38 songs plus narrative
$25 postage paid

Track Info and ORDER PAGE


Old Songs Mission  

OLD SONGS, INC., centered in the New York State Capital Region, is a not-for-profit organization dedicated to keeping TRADITIONAL MUSIC & DANCE alive through the presentation of festivals, concerts, dances and educational programs.

Board of Directors  

President: Phil Teumim
Vice-President: Debra Burger
Secretary: David Toledano
Treasurer: John Ozard
Members: Debra Burger, Chris Colarusso, Stephen Fry, Barry Ginsberg, Nancy Holroyd, Jack Long, MaryAnn Morrison, John Roberts, George Robinson, George Ward.

The Board of Directors has vacancies from time to time.
Please let us know if you are interested. (see contact info below)


Old Songs programs are made possible by the New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew Cuomo and the New York State Legislature. 


Old Songs' 2003 purchase of a new home for its operations at 37 S Main St. in Voorheesville, NY was made possible by a loan from the Capital District Community Loan Fund (CDCLF), a non-profit federally certified community development financial institution serving the Capital Region of New York State.



Old Songs, Inc.

PO Box 466 • Voorheesville, NY 12186-0466
(518) 765-2815 • Fax: (518) 655-0061 • Email: