Oldtone Roots Music Festival at Cool Whisper Farm in North Hillsdale, NY on SEPT 8 - 11 features 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.



Tuba Skinny
The Lucky Five
Mail the Horse
Two Gun Man
Bash Bish Bluegrass Band
Easy Ridin' Papas


Foghorn Stringband
Danny Paisley & The Southern Grass
Two Man Gentleman Band
Bradford Lee Folk & The Bluegrass Playboys
Jesse Lége & Bayou Brew
Mike Compton
Michael Daves
The Lucky 5
The Hayrollers

The Oldtone Classic Country Revue
Featuring Caleb Klauder, Lauren Ambrose, Andy Bean, Brad Lee Folk, 
Pete Adams, Brian Kantor, Sauerkraut Seth Travins & more!

Afternoon-Early Evening Kids Activities & Dance Block
Aldo Lavaggi & Friends (Contra)
Mountain Laurel (Contra)
The Farwells (Square)
The Lucky 5 (Swing)

Late Afternoon Band & Instrument Contests

Friday is Cajun Food night at Oldtone!


Foghorn Stringband
Bruce Molsky's Mountain Drifters
tony trischka
Two Man Gentleman Band
Brad Lee Folk & Blugrass Playboys
Raya Brass Band
Run Mountain
The Farwells
Bear Minimum

Afternoon / Early Evening Dance Block
Mountain Laurel (Contra)
The Russet Trio (Contra)
Run Mountain (Square)
THE LUCKY 5 (swing)

Kid’s Activities
Hopalong Andrew
Roger The Jester
Lead Sing-a-longs
fiddle & banjo workshop
face painting & Much More

Morning Band & Instrument Contests

Saturday is Cool Whisper Farm Pig Roast night at Oldtone!


The Farwells
Moonshine Holler
Bear Minimum
Easy Ridin' Papas

(Schedule Information subject to change)


Swing Dance Night!
8:00 The Lucky Five
9:30 Tuba Skinny  


Contra & Square Dance Night!
3:30 Aldo Lavaggi & Friends Caller TBA (Contra)
5:00 The Farwells Caller TBA (Square)
6:30 Mountain Laurel Caller TBA (Contra)

8pm Dinner Break
Cajun Food Night at Oldtone!

An all-star cast will kick up their heels for a real country extravaganza! You don't want to miss this one folks.

Featuring Caleb Klauder, Reeb Willms, Lauren Ambrose, Andy Bean, Bradford Lee Folk, Pete Adams, Brian Kantor, Sauerkraut Seth Travins & More!

10:00 Jesse Lége & Bayou Brew (Louisiana Hot Cajun Dance! ‘til late!)


Contra & Square Dance Night!
2:30 Swing, Square, or Mixed Band TBA
3:30 The Russet Trio with Caller Quena Crain (Contra)
5:00 Run Mountain with Caller Erica Weiss (Square)
6:30 Mountain Laurel (Contra)

8pm Dinner Break
Cool Whisper Farm Pig Roast Night at Oldtone!

9:00 Swing Band TBA
9:30 Raya Brass Band 'til late!

Plus dance instruction by Jason Fenton throughout!

(Schedule Information subject to change)


Artist workshops are intimate performances interspersed with audience Q&A.

A great opportunity to ask these seasoned traveling musicians about their music and what makes them tick. We've put together some of the best here. Take advantage!


Aldo Lavaggi  (Russet Trio)  fiddle
Sammy Lind (Foghorn Stringband)  fiddle
Travis Stuart / clawhammer banjo
Bradford Lee Folk  (Bluegrass Playboys)  songwriting
Andy Bean (Two Man Gentleman Band)  songwriting
Mike Compton / mandolin
Michael Daves / guitar & vocals
Jake Stargel (Bluegrass Playboys)  guitar


Tony Trischka / banjo
Bruce Molsky / fiddle
Caleb Klauder & Reeb Willms (Foghorn Stringband)  mandolin, harmony & duets
Allison de Groot (Molsky's Mt. Drifters)  clawhammer Banjo
Stash Wyslouch (Molsky's Mt. Drifters)  guitar
Hilary Hawke / banjo
Tara Linhardt / mandolin


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



The Farmer's Wife
Second-generation owners Emilie Sommerhoff and Job Yacubian are not the farmer's wife and the farmer, but the farmer's daughter and son-in-law. They live in the old clapboard farmhouse where Emilie spent her childhood. Emilie has directed operations at The Farmer’s Wife since 2010. Job, an award-winning chef who grew up on a Massachusetts horse farm, has led The Farmer’s Wife kitchen since 2006. 

Sky View Farm
Sky View Farm raises pastured meats including beef, pork, chicken and goat. Their products are available at the Sheffield & West Stockbridge farmers markets and our CSA.

Fox Hill Farm
Fox Hill Farm, located in Ancramdale, NY, raises local, grassfed, heritage breed beef.  Larry Lampman, also know as PaPa by his grandchildren, raises the herd on his family farm. He and his wife, Erna, have been selling their famous "PaPa Dogs" and "PaPa Burgers" at folk festivals for ten years and are eager to offer them at this event, which is practically in their backyard!

Steven Kovacik
Kovacik Guitars and Fretted Instrument Repair was founded in 1995 by luthier Steven Kovacik, who has been building and repairing guitars since 1986. The focus of the shop operation is the building and repair of flat top acoustic guitars, but the shop also offers repair and complete restoration services on vintage and collectible guitars. Steve Kovacik is also a CF Martin Authorized Warranty Repair Service agent. Vintage instrument appraisal service is available. Kovacik Guitars frequently has vintage guitars, guitar parts, luthier materials and guitar kits in stock for sale and can handle the sale of your vintage guitar on a commission basis.

Goat Peak Strings
Goat Peak Strings in Easthampton, Massachusetts specializes in vintage, rare and collectable stringed instruments, as well as new custom instruments from local builders.  The shop also offers expert repairs and restorations, offering personalized service to players of any caliber.  Jane Hamel and Alex Gray are veteran luthiers and collectors with over 75 years of experience between them.  They consider themselves caretakers of these fine instruments, and keepers of history, continuing traditions that are generations old.



The festival day parking and camping parking areas are open for business on Thursday, Sept. 8, 2:00 pm and close Sunday at 1pm on Sept 11th.

The Daily Festival Gate/Day Parking Lot hours are:
Thursday 2pm-12:00am
Friday 9am-12:00am
Saturday 9am-12:00am
Sunday 9am-1pm


Music and Performance on the Main Outdoor Stage hours:
Thursday 4:00pm to 10:30pm
Friday Noon to 10:30pm
Saturday  10am to 10:30pm
Sunday 9:30am to 1pm


Music, performance and instruction on the workshop stage will occur at varying times between 10am and 8pm Thursday through Saturday.


Music, performance and dancing will occur in the dance stage tent or barn between noon and up to 12:00am each day except Sunday.


Ticket Price
Kids 12 and under are absolutely Free!
Ages 13-17 pay their age! (ID Required)
All attendees 18 years of age and over see regular festival prices.

Admission & Gate Info
All those who pay admission to the festival are issued wristbands at the gate which will designate whether they have paid for the full weekend or individual days. These wristbands must be affixed around the wrist and displayed at all times while on the festival grounds. Festival patrons may leave and re-enter the grounds at their convenience, provided they show their wristbands to gate personnel upon re-entry.

Campers have their own gate separate from the day parking lot gate. Campers arriving during overnight hours who have not yet received their wristbands will be admitted to the grounds, though they may have to park in the entrance lane until the gate opens in the morning or sign in. Campers who have received their wristbands will be permitted to leave and re-enter the grounds overnight, provided they display wristbands to gate security personnel upon re-entry.

Festival attendees who purchase Full Camping tickets can park their vehicle in the “camping/pick’in areas” on the grounds with no extra charge for the main festival stage area; i.e. they do not need “Day Tickets in addition to their full camping tickets. Please respect the working farmers and homeowners whose lands surround the festival grounds by not camping or trespassing on their property (it’s very easy to discern where the lines are).  Campers may bring their normal “festival camping gear.”  There is no curfew for campsite “pick’in.”  Any extremely loud activity will be addressed by festival staff, please be considerate!

Eventbrite - 2016 Oldtone Roots Music Festival Sept. 8th-11th 2016

Ticket DescriptionPrice


Early Bird July 13th to Aug 17th $75
Fat Bird Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $85
Gate Bird (Gate) Sept 4th on... $100


Early Bird Thursday July 13th to Aug 17th $20
Early Bird Friday July 13th to Aug 17th $30
Early Bird Saturday July 13th to Aug 17th $35
Early Bird Sunday July 13th to Aug 17th $10
Fat Bird Thursday Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $25
Fat Bird Friday Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $35
Fat Bird Saturday Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $40
Fat Bird Sunday Aug 18th to Sept 3rd $10
Gate Bird Thursday At the Gate $25
Gate Bird Friday At the Gate $38
Gate Bird Saturday At the Gate $48
Gate Bird Sunday At the Gate $10
RV Pass   $30/RV
Eventbrite - 2016 Oldtone Roots Music Festival Sept. 8th-11th 2016

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