Saturday, August 6, 2016

Hold on to Your Socks, the OLDTONE ROOTS MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL is Going to Blow Them Off!

Hold on to Your Socks, the OLDTONE ROOTS MUSIC AND DANCE FESTIVAL is Going to Blow Them Off!

Oldtone Roots Music Festival: Unprecedented convergence of the best in
American traditional music.

“Participation is Preservation”

(Great Barrington, MA, and Ancramdale, NY) - Festival producer Dads “Bet the Farm” on their passion for Old Time music!  All with young families of 2 young kids each, these guys aim to further bridge gaps in the modern roots music world.

The Oldtone Roots Music and Dance Festival is a new venture founded and produced by the dynamic trio of Kip Beacco, Matt Downing, and Jim Wright, well-known Northeastern artists in American Roots music world. This is the second year of the event featuring traditional Appalachian folk, bluegrass, hot swing, old-time country, brass, Cajun and contra music. The dates are September 8, 9, 10, & 11, 2016.

“We are creating a platform for traditional music to be experienced and enjoyed without some of the trappings of larger festivals. Oldtone Roots focuses on preserving the more traditional side of American Roots music through playing, learning, dancing, and singing. The 4-day camping festival will include classes and workshops, formal and informal jams, and contests. The festival celebrates traditional acoustic music with a down-to-earth, inclusive, and welcoming vibe.”
- Jim Wright.

The informal motto of the festival is “Participation is Preservation”. The festival will include contra, square, and swing dancing, workshops, classes, and performances on three stages.  Known and respected artists of Old Time Music will be performing and teaching.

The event is an earth friendly family focused camping adventure on the stunning 150 acre Cool Whisper Working Family Farm in Hillsdale, NY. Cool Whisper is owned by Matt and Lisa Schober. Festival attendees will be able to see (from a distance) highland cattle amidst mountain views and rolling fields. Day tickets are also available.

Foghorn Stringband
Bruce Molsky's Mountain Drifters
Danny Paisley and Southern Grass
Tony Trischka
Two Man Gentleman Band
Brad Lee Folk and Bluegrass Playboys
Jese Lege and Bayou Brew
Mike Compton
Michael Daves
Raya Brass Band
Run Mountain
Tuba Skinny
Lucky Five
Mail the Horse
The Hayrollers
The Russet Trio
The Farwells
Bear Minimum
Bash Bish Bluegrass Band
Easy Ridin Papas
More to be added
Artist lineup and schedule subject to change - see website for current info.

Workshop Leaders:
Allison de Groot / Clawhammer Banjo

Bruce Molsky / Fiddle
Bradford Lee Folk / SongwritingHilary Hawke / Old-time Banjo
Jake Stargel / Guitar
Michael Daves / Guitar
Tara Linhardt / Mandolin
Stash Wyslouch / Guitar

Oldtone’s Classic Country Friday Night Revue
Featuring: Caleb Klauder, Reeb Wilms, Lauren Ambrose, Andy Bean, Brad Lee FolkPete Adams, Brian Kantor & more!

Thursday, Friday and Saturday Dance Blocks
THURSDAY Swing Dance Night and Farmer’s Wife Fish Fry!
7:30 Beginner Swing Dance Lesson w/ Jason Fenton & Elizabeth Orenstein
8:30 The Lucky Five
9:30 Tuba Skinny
FRIDAY Contra, Cajun & Square Dance Night!
3:30 Aldo Lavaggi & Friends w/ Jon Greene calling (Contra)
5:00 The Farwells with Maggie Shar and Tatiana Hargreaves!!
w/ Eric Hollman calling(Square)
6:30 Mountain Laurel w/ Paul Rosenberg calling (Contra)
8pm Dinner Break Cajun Food and Beef Brisket Night at Oldtone!
8:30 Oldtone Country Revue!
9:30 Jesse Lege & Bayou Brew (cajun)

SATURDAY Contra & Square Dance Night!
3:00 Russet Trio w/ Quena Crain calling (Contra)
4:15 Run Mountain w/ Erica Weiss calling (Square)
5:00 Mountain Laurel w/ TBA calling (Contra)
8pm Dinner Break Cool Whisper Farm Pig Roast Night at Oldtone!
10:00 Raya Brass Band 'til late!
All age activities: The Face-paint Crew, Fiber Flame Studio, Roger the Jester Fiddle Workshops: Aldo Lavaggi, Hilary Hawk and Tara Lindardt Workshop: Banjo, Mandolins and singing, Hopalong Andy,

Friday is Cajun Food night, Saturday is Cool Whisper Farm Pig Roast night at Oldtone!

Kid’s Activities: 
Hopalong Andrew, The Jester, Lead Sing-a-longs, Fiddle and Banjo workshop, face painting, and much more.

Band Contest:
Contest schedule to be announced soon!  Signup is first-come first-served and opens at 1pm on Thursday, September 8th at the main gate.
All contestants must have a camping ticket to sign up.
Each category will be limited to the first 15 instrumentalists / bands to sign up.
Fiddle, Banjo, Guitar, Dobro, Mandolin & Band Contest.
Instrument Prizes
1st Prize: 2 Full Camping Passes for OT '17 & Oldtone Merch Prize Bag
Runner-up: Oldtone Merch Prize Bag 
Band Prizes
1st Prize: 2017 Oldtone Main Stage performance & Oldtone Merch Prize Bag 
Runner-up: Oldtone Merch Prize Bag
Contest Rules: one mic only, 2-song max


Traditional mountain fiddling, bluegrass, hot swing, classic country, brass, cajun and contra music. A family-friendly full camping festival with kids activities, dancing, hands-on instrument workshops led by world-class musicians,  instrument and band contests, Hudson Valley farm-to-table food, libations,  and exceptional national & regional acts on our main, dance, & workshop stages.
When: Thursday, Sept 8, 2016 1pm to Sunday, Sept 11, approx 4pm, 2016.
Cost: Camping or Day tickets available from $10-$100
Where: Cool Whisper Farm, 1011 Co. Rd 21, North Hillsdale, NY

More info and tickets:

Free Ticket Contest:
Instagram: @oldtonemusicfest #OldtoneRootsMusicFestival